Premiär: Rättens Krater – Skottår

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Allas våra ljuvliga gossar ur Rättens Krater är tillbaka igen. Nu i formen utav en ny låt som premiärspelas här på Invisible Guy. Ni kan för all del strunta i PSL, för där kommer ändå inte något roligt. Dessutom så är vi inte lika fyllda utav hybris när vi lägger ut saker. Här får till och med ett “terrorpop“-band från Mellansverige plats, medan det förmodligen inte skulle vara så där. Så för all del, stäm in i skönsången och hälsa våra nykomlingar välkomna. Ni kommer att få lite mer tillrättalagd post-punk, med de överliggande terrorpop-vibbarna. Möjligtvis inte lika lekfull som “Apmonoliten“, utan lite mer utav en låt för när man varit bakfull. Känn hur feberdrömmarna går igen när pukorna slås gula och blå, när raggarna kommer ut ur sina skrymsel för att bevittna spektaklet – då pretentiösa hipsterfjollor gömmer sig av ren skräck. Packa lådorna fulla av fultjack och släng på kitteln med brass, käka lite pizza om ni får lite för mycket cravings. Nej, men låten talar nog faktiskt för sig själv. Lika geniala lyriker som det alltid har varit när det kommer till Rättens Krater. Så jag hoppas att “Skottår” ska vara tilltalande för de subkulturella grupper som inte är omnämnda. Ni får streama låten och lyssna på den här, exklusivt på Invisible Guy, innan debutalbumet “Bygga upp ett stort berg” släpps till massorna den 4:e Januari. Häcka utanför Dead Beat Records runt den tiden, om ni vill haffa ett exemplar. Som de säger: “den enes död… den andres frack!

Intervju med Rättens Krater!

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Rättens Krater är ett band som inte är från Stockholm, men som faktiskt är från olika orter runt och omkring; Bergslagen. Detta är för övrigt ett område i Mellansverige som många inte känner till, de kan sägas tillhöra Västmanland men landskapet som sådant är inte helt klart geografiskt avgränsat. De är väldigt kända inom denna geografiska yta när det kommer till gruvdrift och metallindustri. Med andra ord kan det påstås tillhöra Norrland, eller så låter det åtminstone som om det vore vilken valfri liten ort i Norrland som helst. Man får inte reda på någonting om vilka de är, men de har helt enkelt hittat ett eget koncept som fungerar väldigt bra. I jämförelse med många band så har de en hel del orginella ideér. Tidigare så har de släppt EPn “Stora Stöten EP“, och nu är de aktuella för ett helt nytt släpp. Tillsammans med det Amerikanska bolaget Dead Beat Records, som kommer att heta “Bygga upp ett stort berg“. På grund av detta så fick jag för mig att jag skulle intervjua dem, så nu får ni läsa den första intervjun någonsin med Rättens Krater!

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What is Invisible Guy and how did we get here?

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It’s been a great year for this blog and I can’t thank my readers enough. Since the start in the end of 2011, there’s been a constant surge and I believe I’ve put this blog on the map. To compare, this blog isn’t a journalistic blog at all, it’s a hobby or a zine if you’d stretch it that far. All this year, I’ve been working hard to keep up with everyone else and came up with my own material. There’s been a lot of in-depth interviews, reviews, promos and articles featured. Even though my project was meant to be and still is a hobby, I believe that I’ve outgrown my own shoes and I’m planning to do some new stuff in 2013. Some people have thought that this blog has many authors, but I’ll have to burst that bubble and tell you that I’m the sole writer behind all this material. Which means that I have put some real time and effort into this. I also think that I’m one of the only blogs that do track-by-track reviews, but I hope that someone will prove me wrong. The one thing I’ve been missing on Invisible Guy is the contact between me and the readers, which I hope that I can improve. Feel free to send me a mail. I’d like to thank every reader, associate, musician, blogger, friend and basically everyone that has supported me and kept me doing this for so many months. I promise you, there will be many more. Hope you have a Happy New Year and settle down with more great releases of this year, brought to you by Invisible Guy. A huge thank you to everyone.

Dream Affair – Aborted State

A somber combination of the best in post-punk, goth rock and dark wave. Scouring through the more traditional sphere of the music, picking up on the newer vibes, making it a delight to listen to. I only wish that it could’ve been a little bit longer and feature more tracks, but it certainly keeps you on the edge and reminds you of some great acts. This is the time for rock noir.

Momentform – Yearn

Blissful but moody dark wave, featuring some minimalistic synth-pop. Coming from the newly founded New Ideals label, this french act taught me well. It may not have reached the bottom, but it certainly hammered the lid and got it off in time. A sullen, yet emotional piece of music that make you waltz around in the middle of the night, as the rain is blaring on the window.

Suffer The Pain – The Last Massacre

Metallic punk, which will drive you nuts. Forcefully taking upon the mission of plaguing your ears, with some pretty decent co-operation between punk and metal. Even though it’s repetitive, I would say that I had a certain attraction to the record as a whole and I enjoyed it pretty much. It might not be a favorite, but it affected me in one way or another.

White Blush – S/T

Probably one of the more interesting genre-hopping this year. I’m not at all into pop, but this album changed the game for me. She walks in between genre, plucking stuff that seems to fit in and making it fit. Even though it was released not too long ago, I think it affected me in many ways. Amongst other things, Carol Ryu’s voice would be one of them. I suggest you check this out, because it’s a much bigger endeavor than pop.

Beyond Pink – Pride and Prejudice

One of the most powerful acts in the hardcore-scene as of today, at least when it comes to Sweden. This album has it all, it’s catchy, driven and they do hardcore the way it should be. Everything is in its place, the vicious momentum of the riffing and the drums make you want to go at it. The vocalists are also great, as almost everyone in the band sings at one point.

Night Sins – New Grave

Heavier post rock, blended with loads of other genres. A nostalgic piece that looks down the aisle and continue to walk down. Besides the lyrics, the baseline and the bonecrushing sound-scape, I also enjoy the delicate riffing that goes on in the songs. There’s really something about them that is fantastic, it also brings back glory to genres that should’ve been shelved a long time ago.

Rättens Krater – Den Stora Stöten

Some edgier stuff that haven’t been tried out for years. Reminds me of some good ole’ Onkel Kånkel, but with some new wave attachment, also add some dadaism. It’s really hard to place them anywhere, because they’re so straggly with their sound. However, one of the better releases this year and they deserve some recognition for that. Pretty original.

Barren Womb – On the Origin of Fæces

This is also some weird stuff. Country mixed with black-metal and noise-punk? Only Norwegians could think something like that up. But it works and they deliver their music with a strong hand and they’re something you should count on when browsing music online. Be sure to check them out.

Structural Disorder – A Prelude To Insanity

A fantastically skilled progressive metal band from Stockholm. Producing some of the finest quality metal to date and even though it’s an EP, I think they deserve a place here and hope you understand my situation. Looking forward to hear more material from this act in the future.

Institution – Domen Är Satt

Do I even need to say anything else? Fine Swedish hardcore blended with crust. I ended this year with a bang, as I did my last review. It is one of the best sounding hardcore albums from this year alone, with a little bit of competition from here and there, but they manage to stay alert and hold their ground. This is definitely something you should check out.

Övervarning – Mellan Rummen

I don’t really like dark ambient, so when I stumble upon an act that I like, I tend to like it a lot more. This dark ambient act from Sweden(?) surprised me a lot when I listened through it. As the sound galloped through my headphones, I couldn’t do anything but to immerse myself into the sound-scape. A notable success for someone that doesn’t like the genre.

E. E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble – Loving Fog Fiends

Sweden needs some real dark jazz. At least a band with the ambition of being a little bit more eccentric and experimental, when it comes to the sound. It reminded me a lot of the great eras that have already passed, imagine yourself sitting down in a shady bar, somewhere in New York, with a whiskey being poured down in your glass, listening to this music.

Soundmeds – Hospital EP

Yeah, I know, it’s another EP. I changed the rules before the end of this year. One of the better acts within the rock-sphere. This is some ambient stuff, that will make your head turn around in a 360, waiting for the next doses of psychedelia, alternative rock and post-rock being served straight into your ears.

Notable mentions (albums/EPs/singles):

Nocturnal – Until the morning light

Dalaplan – Ta mig när jag faller

Paranoid – Hardcore Addict

V/A – Dimmorna Skingras Vol. 2

In Death It Ends – Forgotten Knowledge

Imiafan – Old School Surprise

Ekman – Kalla Rytmer Att Dansa Till I Ensamhet

V/A – The Peter Out Wave

Agent Attitude – Never-ending Mess

Thank you to everyone for making this blog what it is. I couldn’t have done it without you. Hopefully my work here has paid off and I hope that you’ll check it out in 2013 as well. Let’s hope that this year ends with a bang and that I get on track as quickly as possible, so I can supply you with more interesting reviews and in-depth interviews. I would also like to do a shout-out to Jesper Bjerke also, who made the logo and the design for this blog. Thank you for everything this year and let’s hope that you have a Happy New Year!

Rättens Krater har en rätt ny musikvideo!

Eftersom att jag är väldigt sent på bollen, så ville jag ta tillfället i akt att lägga ut Rättens Krater här igen. För en månad sedan släppte de en musikvideo till låten “Ikaros Akterseglad” som återfinns på deras sjua som de släppte ännu tidigare. Om ni  inte har någon aning om vilka dessa personer är, så kan jag rekommendera er att kolla igenom min recension av deras släpp. Nu vet jag inte om de har någon sjua kvar, men ni borde sannerligen införskaffa deras platta eftersom att den är något unikt i musiksverige och är något som envar borde ha i sin ägo. Om ni vill köpa den, så kan ni skicka ett mail. Man kan även lyssna på deras skiva på Spotify.

Rättens Krater – Stora Stöten 7¨ (2012)

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There’s two men digging a grave, or could it be something else? I don’t really know, but the cover seems to be more on the cartoonish side when it comes to the letters. But then again, it seems to be somewhat poetic too. I like the flames over the “ä” and the black and white cover. There seems to be a lot of punk to this record, but at the same time melancholia. Maybe they’re digging some kind of grave to hide the goods they stole? After all, “Stora Stöten” means “The Big Hit“, as if they’d rob a bank or something. The vague shape of the two men digging is enough to instill some kind of noir feeling to it overall, with minimalistic hints here and there. Even though there’s an excess of white color, the colors blend together in a good way, it’s just that the edges seem a bit large to be honest. But maybe that was done on purpose, I don’t know.

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