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VAK: Returns from the dead

Vak – Loud Wind

The Swedes band VAK will release their new album Lound Wind this month. The band states, «We are rushing towards the abyss. In a more depressing way than in other times, the future is more uncertain and at the same time seemingly immune against change. What can rock music do other than accompany the fall with songs halfway downwards?

VAK makes no higher claims and has no answer to the question of what to do. What we can do is to shuffle the cards, engage in the uncertain ourselves and take part in the roaring sunset. We want to feel creative, we shuffle ideas, and we write songs that defy classification – Why? Because we want to have a good time before the ultimate disaster.

Our subversive metal sees itself in the footsteps of King Crimson, Radiohead, Kate Bush, Faith No More, Mastodon, Nina Simone, Talking Heads, Yes, Entombed and Slayer. And we, the struggling parties, are Jesper Skarin (ex-Switch Opens, The Field, Misery loves Co.), Tobias Alpadie (Music is the weapon, ex-Jesaiah), Ivan Rey (Råtta, ex-Sesam), Robin Skarin (Slowland) and Anders Bartonek (ex-Switch Opens).

VAK are back with a new single from the coming album The band says: «Melting Eyes contains an imaginary play with the intersection of heat and coldness as colliding forces within human decay… this is somewhat an afterward explanation, but nevertheless, many of the lyrics of the album contain intuitive variations of the themes of the decay of mind, human and society in relation to the violence of nature».

The new album marks the VAK’s return from the dead. During 2018, one of the members of the band suffered from Lemierre’s syndrome and a thrombose in the head, but after being hospitalized in intensive care he fortunately recovered. Now, VAK is back from the dead, with the nice album Loud Wind mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna). VAK`s style is difficult to pin down, and that usually is a something I like. Alternative rock, sludge, progressive metal, metal etc. The Swedes melt all these influences into a complex, independent and inspired sound. The title track Loud Wind,

The title track lyrics address a loosely organized network of rebel groups gathering to encounter in an uprising, which the power in charge only will experience as a forceful loud wind. The music is equally forceful and rebellious. Another highlight is the track Freddie, which is a tribute to the late Swedish singer Freddie Wadling. Guitar player Tobias Alpadie says: «His death was a great loss. No one sings like him anymore. Freddie is the only instrumental song on the album and maybe also the most spherical one. The rest of the album is more direct, at times furiously pushing the pace in the title track and sometimes incorporating a heavy and brutal drill in Fear The Morning».

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (3775 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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