ARTISTS 2019

KISS US
From their first make-up period 1973-83, to their unmasked period in 1983-96, and finally their second and still ongoing make-up period. Through all these years and eras, Kiss remains one of the biggest and most renowned bands in rock. Now, however, they have declared that their fantastic story is coming to an end. "One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour" is to be the band's swan song and in 2019 said farewell tour arrives at SRF. An out of this world show is guaranteed as always from Messrs. Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Catman, a.k.a. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Not to mention immortal songs like "Detroit Rock City", "Rock and roll all nite", "Love gun" and "Shout it out loud", now to soar through the SRF night one last time. A historical event, not to be missed.
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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow UK/SP
The Rainbow story begins in 1975, when one of the world's biggest guitar heroes Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for a new project. Until 1984 Rainbow is a waterhole for some of the greatest musicians in hard rock, releasing seven studio albums packed with classics like "Man on the silver mountain", "Stargazer", "Long live rock'n'roll" and "Since you been gone". 1993-97 sees another round and another album, after which Ritchie changes direction with folk project Blackmore's Night, ending Rainbow. Until 2015, when Ritchie re-awakens the titan once more, bringing the likes of Swedish keyboard king Jens Johansson and Spanish killer vocalist Ronnie Romero into the folk. In 2018 new song "Waiting for the sign" is released, and 2019 sees Rainbow's highly anticipated SRF debut for one of only four select European concerts this season.
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Def Leppard UK/IRE
In 1977, Def Leppard were the wonder teens from Sheffield who spiked their hard rock with glam and glitter. Their album debut in 1980 ignited one of the greatest success stories that hard rock has ever seen. Commercially they peaked with "Pyromania" (1983) and "Hysteria" (1987), two of the best selling records of all time. However, their latest album "Def Leppard" (2015) was a feat of strength which made it clear that the band's creative spark still burns strong. Since 1992 Def leppard consists of singer Joe Elliott, guitarists Phil Collen and Viv Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen. The band has a large and devoted Swedish fanbase, and anyone who has yet to experience them live at SRF is in for a grand epiphany.
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ZZ Top US
The Texas trio would be one of the world's best known bands, with fans in all camps. In 1971 they released their first album, featuring their patented, scorching blues/boogie rock with clever, suggestive lyrics. In 1983 ZZ Top went from successful to superstars with the album "Eliminator", adding synthesizers to the boogie in groundbreaking fashion. To date, Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals) och Frank Beard (drums) have released fifteen studio albums, containing innumerable mega classics: "Tush", "La Grange", "Gimme all your lovin'", "Sharp dressed man" and "Sleeping bag", to name but a few. And their popularity remains as intact as their iconic "facial hair, shades and cowboy hat"-look.
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Slayer US
Slayer's debut "Show no mercy" (1983) was the most brutal album ever at the time, and albums like "the thrash Bible" "Reign in blood" (1986) and the epic "Seasons in the abyss" (1990) effectively immortalized the band's name. Slayer has successfully kept their momentum at the metal scene, for instance with their latest album "Repentless" (2015). But now the end is near for one of the most influential bands in extreme metal. Slayer's farewell tour began in May 2018, with a planned ending in 2019 and SRF being their sole Swedish stop during festival season. So SRF 2019 will likely be their last concert in Sweden - ever.
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Tenacious D US
It started as a bar show, moved on to TV-appearances, and the album "Tenacious D" (2001) saw Jack Black and Kyle Gass take the final step to becoming a seriously committed (hard) rock band. Their music's rock opera-like nature and cheeky, self-deprecating humor made Tenacious D controversial to some purists, but the album was a hit and songs like "Tribute" and "Fuck her gently" have since become cult classics. At this point, Tenacious D are immensely popular, not least in Sweden, and this November saw the release of their fourth album "Post-Apocalypto", based on the band's similarly titled animated Youtube show.
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Disturbed US
Chicago's Disturbed is one of the biggest US metal bands of the new millennium. Of their seven studio albums since the year 2000, five went straight to #1 on Billboard. Although often labeled "alternative metal", Disturbed consider themselves part of a tradition with the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Queensrÿche and Pantera - aggressive, compact metal with the powerful vocals of David Draiman. After five albums chock full of hits like "Prayer", "Stricken" and "Inside the fire", Disturbed went on hiatus, but to the delight of many they returned in 2015 with the album "Immortalized", followed by "Evolution" in 2018. And in 2019, Disturbed make their first SRF appearance in 11 years.
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Dream Theater US
It was in 1992, with their second album "Images and words", that Dream Theater became world renowned as well as posterboys for the technically magnificent subgenre now known as progressive metal. They have long been established as one of the most influential metal bands of our time, in any category, with combined sales of more than 12 million records. In 2019, 30 years after their debut, they will release their sixteenth studio album "Distance over time", allegedly heavier than its predecessor "The astonishing" - consistent with their practice of never making the same album twice.
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Amon Amarth SE
Classic heavy metal with death metal vocals, or death metal with classic heavy metal riffs? Take your pick. Labeling aside, Amon Amarth have grown into one of Sweden's currently most successful metal exports, and have only got bigger with each new album since their 1998 debut. Their tenth and most recent album "Jomsviking" (2016) - the band's lyrics have been Viking-themed since the beginning - have broken all their previous sales-records and the highly anticipted follow-up is set to arrive in good time before Amon Amarth's appearance at SRF 2019.
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Styx US/CAN
In the 70s and early 80s, Styx was one of the biggest bands in the US. Their distinct mix of progressive arrangements and catchy melodies generated hits like "Come sail away", "Renegade", "Lady" and "Mr Roboto", and their albums became multi-million sellers. Today's Styx are led by classic members James Young and Tommy Shaw (both on guitar and vocals) and longtime keyboard player/singer Lawrence Gowan, and are widely known as a brilliant live act. In addition, their 2017 album "The mission" has been hailed as a return to vintage form.
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Behemoth PL
Poland's biggest metal band ever played black metal, plain and simple, at their formation in 1991. Their fourth album "Satanica" (1999) marked their historical transition to blackened death, and was followed by more successes like "Demigod" (2004) and "The apostasy" (2007). Behemoth's most recent albums "The Satanist" (2014) and "I loved you at your darkest" (2018) has seen them entering the realms of Gothic blackness - as well as promoting them further to one of the most prominent metal acts today.
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Demons & Wizards GER/US
One of the most talked-about power metal projects ever was formed in 1998 by singer Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and guitarist Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth). After two lauded albums, "Demons & Wizards" (2000) and "Touched by the Crimson King" (2005), the project was put on ice indefinitely, since both main men were so busy. But in 2017 Schaffer announced that he was writing another Demons & Wizards album, and the summer of 2018 fans were overjoyed to hear that in 2019, the band will play live for the first time since 2000. At Wacken Open Air, ProgPower - and now, Sweden Rock Festival.
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Arch Enemy SE/CAN
In melodic death metal Arch Enemy ranks among Sweden's, and the world's top acts. The band debuted in 1996 and definitely got on the map from 2000, when Angela Gossow became the new growler. Five blockbuster albums later, Angela passed the torch on to Alissa White-Gluz in 2014. Once more a successful move - Arch Enemy's ninth and tenth albums "War eternal" (2014) and "Will to power" (2017) have become massively popular. The latter also saw Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) assuming the position of second guitarist next to band leader Michael Amott.
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Hammerfall SE
Their debut "Glory to the brave" (1997) made Swedes Hammerfall spearheads of the so called power metal movement. Subsequent releases maintained their momentum - songs like "Heeding the call", "Renegade" and "Hearts on fire" have become classics and Hammerfall recognized as one of the most important bands in Swedish hard rock history. Following a couple of slightly more experimental relases around the early 10s, the band, to the delight of their fans, returned to their roots for their most recent albums "(r)Evolution" (2014) and "Built to last" (2016).
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Saxon UK
One of the perennial favorites with the Sweden Rock crowd. Saxon debuted in 1979, made it big the following year with sophomore effort "Wheels of steel", and have ever since with slight deviations delivered classic British heavy metal on 22 studio albums so far, most recently "Thunderbolt" (2018). Saxon's consistently high standard on record and especially on stage, are two important reasons why they remain so popular. Another one would be that Biff Byford is one of the most commanding frontmen in metal.
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Krokus CH
Switzerland's possibly most legendary hard-rock band formed in 1974 and reached their commercial peak in the early 80s, with albums like "Metal rendez-vous" (1980) and "Headhunter" (1983) and songs like "Bedside radio", "Long stick goes boom" and "Screaming in the night". Krokus have mostly maintained their patented style - like a heavier AC/DC - and have regained much popularity in the new millennium. But now the end is near. 2019 sees Krokus depart on their farewell tour and SRF will be one of the venues where the fans can take a last goodbye.
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Easy Action SE
The original, glam-orientated Easy Action have made celebrated reunions before. But this is the first reunion of the subsequent lineup, featuring future domestic superstar Tommy Nilsson on vocals, and creators of "That makes one" (1986) - a milestone of Swedish hair metal. This summer, Nilsson, guitarists Kee Marcello (ex-Europe) and Chris Lind, bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Treat, Therion) and the band's live keyboardist Jörgen Ingeström are rejoining forces to perform "Rosie", "In the middle of nowhere", "Talk of the town" ... in short, the classic album in its entirety, exclusively at Sweden Rock Festival!
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Blackberry Smoke US
Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta, Georgia rank among the big stars of modern Southern rock. "Modern" in quotes, since the band's music is very much based on keeping traditions. From genre legends like the Allman Brothers Band, Black Oak Arkansas and the Marshall Tucker Band, as well as from outlaw country. In 2018 Blackberry Smoke released their sixth studio album "Find a light", which became another success, not least in Sweden where the band has had a devoted following for years already.
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UFO UK/US
One of the most classic and influential bands in melodic hard rock. Since their 1970 debut UFO have released 22 studio albums and created immortal songs like "Doctor doctor", "Lights out", "Only you can rock me" and "Rock bottom". But now the end is upon us. Singer Phil Mogg has announced his retirement following one last tour for the band's 50th anniversary. SRF 2019 will therefor be where UFO take their final bow to their devoted Swedish audience.
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Skid Row US/SA
In the early 90s, Skid Row from New Jersey was one of the biggest bands in metal. Their first two albums "Skid Row" (1989) and "Slave to the grind" (1991) were multi-million sellers, producing classics like "Youth gone wild", "18 and life", "I remember you" and "Monkey business". Eventually the band fell apart, reuniting in 1999 without former singer Sebastian Bach. For some time, Skid Row had some trouble forging a new identity, and finding the right singer. They succeded with the former on part 1 of the record trilogy "United world rebellion" in 2013, and with the latter when ZP Theart (ex-DragonForce) officially assumed the position of lead vocalist in 2017. The final part of the aforementioned trilogy is expected to appear in 2019.
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Axel Rudi Pell GER/US
The German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell is one of today's most prolific, and successful practitioners of classic hard rock in the veins of Deep Purple and Rainbow. After four albums with the cult band Steeler from 1984-88 he debuted as a solo artist in 1989, and has to date released 17 studio albums, four live albums, one cover album and not least five compilations of the ballads for which he is famous. His band also consists of hard rock luminaries, including singer Johnny Gioeli (Hardline) and drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Doro, Riot and more).
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At The Gates SE
They were progenitors of the so-called Gothenburg sound in the mid-90s - after having already profiled themselves as one of the most original and progressive-sounding death metal bands. Following the release of their fourth, most influential album "Slaughter of the soul" (1995) At The Gates folded. But to universal delight, they reunited in 2007, and the two subsequent albums "At war with reality" (2014) and "To drink from the night itself (2018) have proven At The Gates to be not just legends, but also a band for today.
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Three Days Grace CAN
These Canadians rank among the titans of contemporary post-grunge. This June saw their 14th Billboard-topping single, breaking Van Halen's twenty-year-old record. Since their 2003 debut, Three Days Grace have released six albums and become certified rockstars particularly in their homeland and the US. Their latest album "Outsider" (2018), their second with current singer Matt Walst, has been widely praised and songs like "The mountain" and "Infra-red" have been added to an already very long list of hits.
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Candlemass SE
One of the world's most legendary doom metal bands have gone full circle. Candlemass are reunited with singer Johan Längqvist, with whom they made their groundbreaking debut album "Epicus doomicus metallicus" (1986) - and the rest is metal history. SRF 2019 also sees band leader and bassist Leif Edling return from sick leave, making this a double reunion. The setlist will, appropriately enough lean heavily on the aforementioned debut, but will also feature appetizers from the coming Candlemass album featuring Längqvist on vocals.
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Danko Jones CAN
The Canadian power-trio with their rock-hard, compact garage rock, were popular in Sweden years before their 2002 debut "Born a lion", from being an exceptional live band. These days Danko Jones have an even bigger, devoted audience, in and outside of Sweden, after eight albums featuring such classics as "Lovercall", "Code of the road" and "Full of regret", to name but a very, very few. The first appetizer from their next album, "We're crazy", seems hell bent on becoming another classic as well.
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LOK SE
Brutal, yet accessible alternative metal with Swedish lyrics. This concept made LOK ("locomotive" in Swedish) one of Sweden's biggest domestic metal acts around the year 2K. Their debut "Naken, blästrad och skitsur" (Naked, blasted and pissed, 1999) was a success with fans and critics alike. After two more albums the band folded in 2002, with spin-off band Lillasyster rising from its ashes. LOK are now back to do their first concert in 17 years - at Sweden Rock!
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Powerwolf GER/ROM
Since their 2005 debut Powerwolf's career has consistently moved forward. Their distinct concept with goth-tinged power metal plus corpse paint and lyrics based on Romanian monsterlore and religious atrocities, makes them one of the most recognisable bands in melodic metal today - and they are also, along with Sabaton, one of the biggest. Their seventh and most recent album "The sacrament of sin" (2018) has become another big success for Powerwolf, and given their fans some new favorite songs like "Demons are a girl's best friend" and "Killers with the cross".
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Deadland Ritual UK/US
Say hello the the newest supergroup of hard rock. Vocals: Franky Perez (Apocalyptica). Guitar: Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Drums: Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N' Roses), And bass: none other than Geezer Butler (ex-Black Sabbath). The band is currently writing for their debut, going for a hard, bluesy rock'n'roll sound. Current appetizer "Down in flames" is reminiscent of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains in their heyday, with a bass groove that could literally only stem from Geezer Butler.
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Hank Von Hell NO
As Hank von Helvete, Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby fronted the legendary Turbonegro, with whom he made six studio albums before departing in 2010. After portraying Swedish folk singer Cornelis Vreeswijk on film, among other things, Hank returned as a solo artist under his current monicker in 2018. The album "Egomania" has delighted his devoted fans with the eclectic style, catchy choruses and cheeky lyrics associated with Turbonegro.
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Annihilator CAN
More than three million records sold make Annihilator one of Canada's most successful metal bands ever. Their debut "Alice in hell" (1989), a groundbreaking blend of thrash metal and progressive rhythms, gave the band instant recognition and their own musical territory. This they have successfully defended with every record since, most recently "For the demented" in 2017 (their next and seventeenth studio album is due in 2019). Jeff Waters' superlative guitar playing and distinct songwriting is the basis of the band's sound and gives it its unique character.
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Magnum UK
Their debut "Kingdom of madness" arrived in 1978, their breakthrough album "On a storyteller's night" in 1985. For all these years, Birmingham's Magnum have reliably delivered timeless, melodic hard-rock tinted with mysticism, and have found an audience devoted even by metal standards. In 2018 the band released their 20:th studio album "Lost on the road to eternity" - one of their most successful ever. Sweden has long been one of Magnum's true strongholds, and here Bob Catley (vocals), Tony Clarkin (guitar) et al can always count on getting a royal reception.
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Gorgoroth NO
Of the classic Norwegian black metal bands, Gorgoroth debuted relatively late - in 1994 - but have been more faithful than most to the traditions of "True Norwegian Black Metal", which is also the title of their 2008 live album. Gorgoroth's nine studio albums, including such classics as "Under the sign of hell" (1997) and most recently "Instinctus bestialis" (2015) contain, with few exceptions, exclusively certified, merciless black metal, and unlike many of their peers the band have never toned down their Satanic concept.
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Batushka POL
The debut from Batushka (the name means "father"), "Litourgiya", was hailed as one of the most original black metal albums in ages on its arrival in 2015. Two years later it was re-released by renowned record label Metal Blade to reach an even larger audience. The band has been compared to Ghost, but musically the similarities are few: Batushka mix black metal with chanting in Church-Slavonic (!), the members' identities are secret, and they leave it to the listener to decide how Satanic or not they are.
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Joe Lynn Turner US
Joe Lynn Turner is one of the most recognizable and beloved singers in hard rock. His resumé includes Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, his more recent acts like Mother's Army, Sunstorm and Rated X have also done great things - and we haven't even mentioned his prolific solo career. Joe was supposed to perform at SRF 2018 but had to cancel due to a temporary illness. But all good things come to those who wait - now we'll get to see him in 2019 instead.
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Uli Jon Roth GER
He became famous in the 70s as Michael Schenker's replacement in the Scorpions. But since 1978 Uli Jon Roth has been his own master - first in Electric Sun and then as a full-fledged solo artist. He is one of the most legendary and influential guitarists of all time, with a unique, special style that made him a pioneer of neoclassic hard rock. 2018 has seen him celebrate 50 years on stage by touring with his prolific back catalogue, and 2019 will se this tour hitting SRF.
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Electric Boys SE
Original, funky hard rock with strong pop melodies. From this concept, Electric Boys made classics like "All lips n' hips" and "Mary in the mystery world" in the early 90s, and also made Swedish hard rock history. Following some years in hiatus, the band returned rejuvenated in 2009, and their current sixth full-length album takes them one step further. The platter is their boldest and most eclectic to date, turning a whole new page in the history of Electric Boys.
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Death Angel US
Their young age and technical chops combined helped make Death Angel one of the major names of the "second wave" of American thrash metal. They made three classic albums between 1987-90, but folded in 1991 in the wake of a traumatizing bus crash. However, they reunited ten years later and have since released five more studio albums. Another one, the follow-up to the lauded "The evil divide" (2016), is in the making and due to be out in good time before SRF.
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Demon UK
A flagship of the NWOBHM as well as a standing favorite with the SRF audience. Since 1981, Demon have released thirteen studio albums, encompassing traditional heavy metal as well as AOR and progressive rock. One of the most beloved ones is "The unexpected guest" (1982), containing such fan-faves as "Don't break the circle", "Sign of a madman" and "Deliver us from evil". This time at SRF, Demon will perform this very album in its entirety, and more, so Ronnie James Dio-soundalike Dave Hill will probably have to work harder than usual to sing louder than the crowd.
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Beast in Black FIN/GR
Guitarist Anton Kabanen got his breakthrough as a member of Battle Beast, whose first three - very successful - albums are written solely by him. Following his departure from Battle Beast in 2015 he formed Beast In Black, teaming up with the likes of Greek vocalist supreme Yannis Papadopoulos and guitarist Kasperi Heikkinien (U.D.O., Amberian Dawn). The debut "Berserker" (2017) consists of Kabanen's well-known brand of hook-laden power metal and has met with great praise from fans and reviewers alike.
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Blue Coupe US
In the 70s Dennis Dunaway was the bassist of the classic Alice Cooper band, and brothers Joe and Albert Bouchard were the rhythm section of the classic Blue Öyster Cult lineup. These three today form Blue Coupe, currently working on their third album. Obviously we're talking good ol' 70s' style hard rock, and just as obviously the band's setlist also includes legendary Alice Cooper and BÖC numbers.
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Green Jellÿ US
One of the first, and most famous "comedy metal" bands made it big in 1992 with the MTV hit "Three little pigs" and subsequent studio album "Cereal killer soundtrack". Green Jellÿ (pronounced Green Jello) was distinguished by punkishly raw riffs, humorous lyrics and bizarre stage gear not dissimilar to those of their pals in GWAR. After a lengthy hiatus Green Jellÿ have now returned, as always centered around vocalist Bill Manspeaker, and their plans for 2019 include releasing a new album - and make their Swedish debut at the Sweden Rock Festival.
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The Night Flight Orchestra SE
One of the most acknowledged bands in recent years. The Night Flight Orchestra could be described as a supergroup where musicians from far more brutal acts - Björn Strid (vocals) and David Andersson (guitar) reside in Soilwork, Sharlee D'Angelo (bass) in Arch Enemy - express their love of radio-friendly, late 70s'/early 80s' rock. Since 2012 they have released four albums, and the two most recent ones in particular - "Amber galactic" (2017) och "Sometimes the world ain't enough" (2018) - have achieved considerable success.
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Royal Republic SE
Royal Republic from Sweden play hard-hitting garage rock with punk elements. Their first album "We are the royal" (2010) was praised by fans and critics alike and produced three big radio hits, one of whom was "Tommy-gun". The follow-ups "Save the nation" (2012) and "Weekend man" (2016) established Royal Republic as an internationally successful, hard touring band. Which is one reason why fans on their home turf has not seen so much of them, but now their time has finally come again.
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Jag Panzer US
Colorado's Jag Panzer's first album of 1984 was a future US power metal classic: "Ample destruction". The follow-up didn't appear until 1994, but since then the band has moved forward and upward, the two most recent of their ten albums being their most successful: "Scourge of the light" (2011) and "The deviant chord" (2017). The core of Jag Panzer is still intact, featuring stellar singer Harry "Tyrant" Conklin who recently visited Sweden with "supersinger trio" The Three Tremors. SRF 2019, however, marks the Swedish debut for the band Jag Panzer.
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Lillasyster (Nationaldagsfirande) SE
Lillasyster (Little Sister) is the band who rose from LOK's ashes and assumed their position as kings of modern, brutal metal with Swedish lyrics. Since 2007, Lillasyster have released four albums and had hits both self-penned as in the shape of Rihanna- and Katy Perry-covers. This band, fronted by Martin Westerstrand (also in LOK) will be presiding during SRF's traditional National Day celebration, where we can also expect to see a guest or two to appear.
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Blaze Bayley UK
2019 marks the 25th anniversary since heavy metal champion Blaze Bayley became the singer in Iron Maiden. To celebrate he introduces an anniversary setlist, exclusive to European festivals, featuring only songs from the Iron Maiden albums with him on vocals. "Sign of the cross", "Man on the edge", "Futureal", "Lord of the flies", "Virus", "The clansman" ... all these classics, and more, will be performed. A grandiose flashback to an era that holds a cult status for Iron Maiden die-hards, that has never before been done in this fashion.
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FM UK
One of Europe's highest ranking names on the classic AOR scene. The FM debut "Indiscreet" (1986) was an instant AOR classic, and its follow-up "Tough it ut" (1989) became every bit as legendary. Many mourned the dissloution of FM in 1995, but a "temporary" reunion quickly became permanent thanks to overwhelming fan response. 2018 saw the arrival of FM's tenth "real" studio album "Atomic generation", where Steve Overland once more demonstrated why he's considered to be one of the finest singers on the scene.
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Krisiun BRA
Alongside Sepultura, Krisiun is Brazil's most famous name in extreme metal. This brutal trio of brothers released their debut album "Black force domain" in 1995 and subsequent releases have, in short, confirmed and strengthened their position as a very brutal - and very popular - death metal band. "Scourge of the enthroned", their tenth album, arrived in September 2018 and is now being followed by Krisiun's first ever appearance at SRF.
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Myrath TUN
The Tunisian masters of prog metal have released four albums since 2007, most recently "Legacy" (2016), and number five is in the making. Being influenced by Tunisian folk music, Myrath have developed a very personal sound, sometimes referred to as "oriental metal". The band has toured the world with the likes of Robert Plant, Dream Theater, WASP, Tarja and Dream Theater, and singer Zaher Zorgati has also contributed to Ayreon. After numerous European festival appearances - headlining ProgPower Europe 2010 - Myrath are now making their SRF debut.
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Thundermother SE
Thundermother formed in 2010 and their first two albums - "Rock'n'roll disaster" (2014) och "Road fever" (2015) - were heavily influenced by AC/DC. When the whole band except guitarist/founder Filippa Nässil left in 2017, she chose to continue with not only new musicians, but also a partly new sound. The third record "Thundermother" (2018) displays a broader, but still very rock-orientated style, where the powerful vocals of Guernica Mancini play an important part.
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Seventh Wonder SE
Arguably Sweden's most famous prog metal band. Seventh Wonder have released five albums since 2005 and become highly appreciated by fans of the likes of Dream Theater and Symphony X. The facts that bassist Andreas Blomqvist was tutored by Talisman/Malmsteen legend Marcel Jacob (RIP), and singer Tommy Karevik also fronts Kamelot, speaks volumes of the band's competence. The reception for the current album "Tiara", their first in eight (!) years, indicates that Seventh Wonder have only gained popularity in the interim.
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Dynazty SE
In 2011 Dynazty released their debut album "Knock you down" and quickly established themselves as one of the leading bands in Swedish melodic hard rock. Since then their sound has evolved, not to mention hardened. Their current sixth album "Firesign" (2018) is a melodic metal knuckle sandwich á la Kamelot, and has been received so warmly that the band is now hotter than ever. Excellent singer Nils Molin is coincidentally also a member of Amaranthe.
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Lucifer SE
Singer Johanna Sadonis (ex-The Oath) is the focal point of Lucifer and teamed up with guitarist Gaz Jennings (ex-Cathedral) for the band's eponymous, doom metal-oriented debut (2015). The follow-up "Lucifer II" (2018) was made by a new lineup centered around Johanna and drummer Nicke Andersson (Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric). This time the sound gravitated more towards what is often referred to as "occult" 70s' style hard rock, a development that has met with a positive audience response.
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Rock på svenska: en hyllning till Strängen SE
"Rock på svenska" (Rock in Swedish, 2018) is a posthumous solo album from the prematurely departed The Hellacopters guitarist Robert "Strängen" (The String) Dahlqvist (1976-2017). For this tribute performance, Dahlqvist's former band plus guest performers will be performing songs from the album, and possibly also the occasional number from his time in Dundertåget (formerly Thunder Express) and/or the The Hellacopters.
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Dizzy Mizz Lizzy DEN
On their debut "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy" (1994) these Danes combined classic rock with contemporary grunge and their own hair metal roots - becoming big stars on their native soil overnight. After the follow-up "Rotator" (1996) Dizzy Mizz Lizzy went on hiatus and frontman Tim Christensen became a solo artist. In 2016 the band released a highly anticipated new studio album, "Forward in reverse", and they are currently quite busy playing live and making album number four.
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Jared James Nichols US
Wisconsin-born guitarist Jared James Nichols is one of the hottest names in contemporary blues rock. Since 2010 he has formed his own power-trio, won numerous awards for his playing, and opened for ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Glenn Hughes, Walter Trout, Saxon, UFO and more. He has also released two full-length albums, most recently "Black magic" (2018) which met with additional praise from guitar- and rock enthusiasts, reminiscent of such heroes as Cream and Mountain.
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Pete Way Band UK
Look up the word "rockstar" and you'll find a picture of Pete Way. This legendary bassist is best known from the classic UFO lineup (and most UFO lineups!), and also has a past with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Fastway and obviously his own Waysted. Pete has been sorely missed since health issues made him retire from UFO in 2008, and we're delighted to say welcome back to him - and to his repertoire of classic tracks.
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Sir Reg SE/IRE
One of the most respected Celtic-influenced rock bands today come from a small town in Sweden - although singer Brendan Sheehy is a bona fide Irishman. Sir Regs eponymous debut arrived in 2010 to great reviews, as did the three subsequent albums. The band's sound is both dance-friendly and punk-influenced, with such acoustic elements as fiddle and mandolin. Simply put: if you like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, you'll like Sir Reg.
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Witchfynde UK
Heavy metal with a diabolical atmosphere, without being excessively brutal. From this concept Witchfynde made a debut album, "Give'em hell" (1980), that ranks among the spearheading classics of NWOBHM. However, like their peers in Demon they changed styles on every platter, confusing record buyers, and after four albums Witchfynde folded in 1986. To the delight of many, since the band had achieved tremendous cult status in the interim, they reunited in 1999. Since 2008, one of their most classic frontmen, Luther Beltz, is also back in the lineup.
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A.C.T SE
One of Sweden's most lauded progressive rock bands formed in 1994 and were at their most prolific around the millenial shift when they released their first three cult albums. A.C.T's style can be described as "old school progressive", with strong pop elements - influences include ELO, Queen and Saga. After the fourth album "Silence" (2006) came a long silence, not broken until 2014 and the eventual arrival of "Circus Pandemonium". A.C.T are also a highly praised live act and Herman Saming has often been called a world-class singer.
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The Quill SE
The Quill are sometimes labeled pioneers of Swedish stoner, sometimes simply heavy groove-based 70s hard-rock (drummer Jolle Atlagic with his Hanoi Rocks/Electric Boys resumé contributes greatly to the latter). More or less all the band's albums since their 1995 debut have met with great reviews and delighted their loyal fans. Not least their sixth and most recent album "Born from fire" (2017), marking the return of classic singer Magnus Ekwall, often favorably compared to Chris Cornell. The Quill were forced to cancel the Sweden Rock Festival 2018 show on short notice due to illness but will be back for another swing in 2019.
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The Bones SE
The Bones is one of the classic Swedish punk acts. Since 1997 they have released seven albums and four EP:s, containing such cult songs as "Do you wanna", "Psycho dad" and "King of fools". Reminiscent of bands like Backyard Babies and Social Distortion, the Bones spice up their music with plenty of rock'n'roll elements, which have made them audience faves during hundreds of festival performances all over Europe.
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Darkane SE
After a lengthy silent period Sweden's Darkane now return to the limelight to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, "Rusted angel". The band ranks among the late 90s' pioneers of brutal sounds, and their six albums - the most recent being "The sinister supremacy" (2013) - offer an exceedingly well-played hybrid of thrash metal and melodic death metal. The highly gifted and prolific lineup includes drummer extraordinaire Peter Wildoer and reinstated original singer Lawrence Mackrory (FKÜ, Scarve).
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Hällas SE
Hällas (pronounced Hellas) got recognition from the so-called mainstream audience in Sweden with their catchy 2017 single "Star rider". In all, their style revolves around 70s' style progressive rock like Wishbone Ash, Camel and Nektar, to name but a few. An eponymous EP arrived in 2015 and their 2017 debut album "Excerpts from a future past" - including the aforementioned single has established Hällas as a band with a potentially great future.
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Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs UK
Scottish guitarist Zal Cleminson is well renowned from a number of essential albums by Nazareth, Tear Gas and especially the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (where he performed wearing a mime's make-up). He has now broken a lengthy silence with a new band (featuring members of an SAHB tribute act). Their debut "Vol 1" has been met with enthusiastic praise and sees Zal returning to his own roots - as in heavy, traditional hard rock.
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Gathering Of Kings SE
The members of Gathering Of Kings want to know if anyone remembers Phenomena? They make the same type of grand, ominous AOR/metal hybrid featuring many famous musicians themselves. After the praised singles "Forever and a day" (2017) och "Out of my life" (2018) the debut album will finally arrive in January 2019. The singers include Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Björn Strid (Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra) and Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind), and needless to say, the instrumentalists play in the same division.
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Lisa Lystam Family Band SE
Singer Lisa Lystam and her band have won great appreciation among blues enthusiasts, in Sweden and abroad. They debuted on record with an EP in 2013 and since then two full-length albums have also seen the light of day. However, fans widely agree that this band should preferably be experienced live, in order to fully take in Lisa's voice and charisma as well and the band's massive tightness.
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OZ FIN
The album "Fire in the brain" (1983) and EP "Turn the cross upside down" (1984) established Finns OZ as one of the most powerful heavy metal bands of the era. With subsequent releases the band got more melodic, and folded in 1991. Not until 2011 did OZ return with their sixth album "Burning leather", but then they did so as a full-fledged heavy metal band once more. As well as in 2017, when the current OZ - drummer Mark Ruffneck at the helm - released the "Transistion state" album.
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Brothers of Metal SE
Sweden's Brothers Of Metal have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the most promising new melodic metal bands. Their first album "Prophecy of Ragnarök", re-released on AFM Records in November 2018, overflows with catchy riffs and hooks, with a true metal attitude and a positive atmosphere. The three vocalists and three guitarists add to an even bigger sound - the tailor-made soundtrack to your next mead-binging party.
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Burning Witches SUI
The first edition of the 2017 eponymous debut by this Swiss heavy metal band sold out very quickly. With their sophomore effort "Hexenhammer" (2018) Burning Witches have solidified their status as one of the hottest heavy metal acts at the moment. Their sound is old school heavy- and speed metal, certified 80s' style, adapted to the live scene with no superfluous studio effects. Or to quote the band's producer Schmier (Destruction): a cross between Judas Priest and Iced Earth.
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The Wild! CAN
Mix gritty delta blues with a punk attitude and roll it in Southern rock. The result will be Canadians the Wild!, a band hell bent to play rock'n'roll in its original form, with its original cockiness. Their first EP "GxDxWxB" - short for "God damn wild boys" (2015) was something of a domestic sensation. The triumph continued with the first full-length "Wild at heart" (2017), and now it's due time for Europe and Sweden to experience The Wild! in the flesh.
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Dust Bowl Jokies SE
Local heroes Dust Bowl Jokies joined forces in 2011 due to a mutual love for old school stuff like the blues, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Fleetwood Mac. A touch of sleaze attitude on top completed their own special sound, so far displayed on two internationally renowned albums, "Cockaigne vaudeville" (2014) and "Dust Bowl Jokies" (2016), which were also followed by extensive touring. The single "Devil's kin" is an appetizer for the band's next album.
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Black Mamba ITA
After more than 200 shows in southern Europe, this Italian power trio is making their way to Scandinavia for the first time. Black Mamba is made up of three talented musicians with Rome music university degrees playing energetic hard rock. With over half a million YouTube views of their excellent take on Deep Purple classic "Highway star" and an album of their own under their belts, the band is getting ready to step it up a notch. A brand new single, "Jailer", is to be released just before Christmas and three mini albums are lined up for release during 2019.
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James Holkworth and The Coolbenders UK/SE
James Holkworth and The Coolbenders (UK/S) For the first time in over 40 years, James Holkworth is back in the music business, this time with the new band The Coolbenders. The band consists of several high rated Swedish musicians, topped with UK singer extraordinaire, Adam Barron (James can no longer sing due to an accident in Canada back in 1996 involving animals). If you like blues, country and classic hard rock spiced with slide guitars, harmonicas and crazy lyrics, you should definitely go and see this band Wednesday June 5th. They are also promising "weird things on stage as well as pyrotechnics". Their debut album will be released in March 2019, but a couple of songs are already available on Spotify and YouTube.
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BatAAr SE
BatAAr is a "visual kei" metal band from Sweden that were recently featured on the soundtrack of blockbuster video game Tekken 7. They have toured in both Europe and Japan and have over 500 000 total followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well as over a million views on YouTube. Every single BatAAr release of the past two years has debuted at the #1 spot on the iTunes Swedish rock chart. Come into the vicious world of BatAAr and experience a mix of sights and sounds you didn't believe existed!
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Cobra Cult SE
Cobra Cult was formed late 2015 and quite a few gigs around Sweden has followed since then. 2018 saw the release of their self-titled debut album, produced by Tomas Skogsberg (Sunlight Studios) and Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust). Cobra Cult is based in Stockholm and the music is described by the band as "Rock´n´rollish metalpunk" - a mix of The Misfits, Monster Magnet and L7.
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Electric Hydra SE
Electric Hydra formed in late 2017. The following year, they kept busy playing shows, including a show at Göteborgs Kulturkalas and supporting the band Lucifer. In 2019, new singles will be released digitally and a seven inch vinyl is scheduled to be released on Moondawn Records. If you think Kyuss collaborating with Hawkwind sounds like a good idea, this is for you.
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Gravestone SE
Raw and groovy death metal with a dash of punk! Gravestone's 2017 EP "Rotten kill" caught a lot of traction in the underground scene and their debut album "Sickening" was released the following year. It got high scores in reviews and was praised by many, including Trevor Strnad from The Black Dahlia Murder. After a few shows in Germany, the Netherlands and in their home town Växjö, it is time for Gravestone to make their Swedish festival debut.
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In Silence SE
Since their formation in 2016, this lot from Karlstad, Sweden has started building a reputation as an innovative, modern metal band. Heavy and powerful songs with more melodic sections and strong, female vocals make for an atmospheric blend. New music is to be released during 2019.
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Scarlet SE
On stage we get to witness a mix of dance, theatre and music. A lot like alice cooper but with vampires and not as dull." These words were recently used by rock site Crank It Up to describe the solo artist Scarlet, a former church soprano now singing and rapping backed by a band playing dark, heavy rock with pop-like arrangements. During 2018 Scarlet released three singles and early this summer she will release her first EP.
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Sins in Vain SE
Inspired by the clarity of Evanescence and precision of In Flames, Sins In Vain claims to want to fight for equal rights and to tear down the prejudice and misconception that metal music requires rough exteriors and niche listeners. Formed in 2005, the band instead seeks to appeal to pop and metal fans alike with a melodic, contemporary metal sound that combines the powerful with the soft and delicate.
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The Generations Army SE
From Höör in the southern part of Sweden comes the young band The Generations Army. With influences like Metalica, Slayer and Exodus, thrash metal is their game - with fast drums, killing guitar riffs, heavy bass and vocals reminiscent of a young James Hetfield. Their debut album "Still screaming" came out in 2017 and was followed by the EP "Voices and visions" last year. A new album is scheduled for 2019.
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