I've been writing and reviewing for magazines like FUZZ Magazine, Backstage, Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, Metal Zone etc. I'm still occationally reviewing and blogging for www.metalcentral.net.
As Metalcovenant is in Swedish, you'll find some of my reviews translated here.
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Wednesday, 10 February 2010
SUBTOPIA - In What Do We Trust (CD)
In the steps of modern melodic American acts like Hoobastank, Nickleback, Shinedown and Swedish colleagues like Blindside and Takida there has developed a new line of interesting domestic acts. Subtopia is one example of a new Swedish name to check out. Ok, they have a lot of “modern” overtones, but in tracks like “Feed Your Mind” there are traces of Metallica, as well as Avengend Sevenfold, while “Squinch” actually reminds me a bit of Black Sabbath’s “Am I Going Insane” in its half-note elevation. The songs are quite varied without losing the theme. It’s melodic and modern, yet not too slippery or ass-kissing, which should make these guys interesting even for fans of traditional metal. The song material is really good, not earthshaking (which doesn’t happen that often), but it’s really promising! The production by Jonas Ekström and singer Antz is really strong for an indie production. A great band with great promise for the future! /Janne Stark
Genre: Modern melodic metal Label: private press Country: Sweden Year: 2009 Website: wwwsubtopiamusic.com