ARTISTS 2023

IRON MAIDEN UK
Iron Maiden is one of the biggest and most legendary metal bands of all time. In 2018, they played one of the most lauded concerts in Sweden Rock history - this summer they return with a brand new show THE FUTURE PAST tour, featuring some epic tracks from their latest chart topping album "Senjutsu" along with a focus on 1986's classic "Somewhere in Time". A collection of classic cuts from the rest of their career is also being promised!
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MÖTLEY CRÜE US
At first, record companies and critics refused to take Los Angeles' very own Mötley Crüe seriously. In the early 80s, the combination of heavy rock, glam and the sleaziest rock'n'roll imaginable was supposedly dead on arrival. But Mötley Crüe got the last laugh. Albums like "Shout at the Devil" (1983), "Girls girls girls" (1987) and "Dr. Feelgood" (1989) were great commercial successes and also widely influential. Already living legends, Mötley Crüe grew into even greater notoriety following the release of their no-holds-barred autobiography "The dirt" in 2001. The 2019 biopic of the same name became so successful that the band, who actually called it a day in 2015, decided to return to the stage once more to the delight of new and old fans alike. Their huge "Stadium Tour" with Def Leppard now crosses over from the US to Sweden and SRF - who have known and loved this mega-legendary band for ages.
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DEF LEPPARD UK
They started out as a teenage, glitter rock-inspired addition to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 70s. From there, their career skyrocketed and Def Leppard became one of the biggest, most iconic acts of the 80s. Albums like "Pyromania" (1983) and "Hysteria" (1987) sold millions and millions of copies and produced countless hit singles. Def Leppard even managed to make it through the 90s without losing their legendary status, and keep producing dignified works like "Def Leppard" (2015) and the very well received "Diamond star halos" in 2022. Since the band's major tour spectacle "The Stadium Tour" alongside Mötley Crüe has already brought down the house in the US, the time has now come for Def Leppard to bring this experience over to SRF.
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GHOST SE
Sweden's foremost theatrical rock outfit Ghost brings its phantasmagorical live ritual to Sweden Rock for the first time since 2015. Fall under the spell of Papa Emeritus IV and his Nameless Ghouls as they headline the final night of this summer's 30th anniversary edition of Sweden Rock-and bear witness to the Ghost live experience that the media is calling a "euphoric spectacle" (Rolling Stone) and "the next generation of arena stars" (The Wall Street Journal).
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PANTERA US
In the decade 1990-2000 Pantera was the biggest, most influential brutal metal band in the world. On five albums, melding thrash metal with a Texas attitude, they redefined the scene forever. In 2003, the band folded, and brothers Dimebag (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums) died in 2004 and 2018, respectively. Now the remaining classic members, Rex Brown (bass) and Phil Anselmo (vocals), have re-animated Pantera and the response so far clearly shows just how deeply missed the band has been.
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GOJIRA FR
France's Gojira are, like Meshuggah, Mastodon and Opeth, certified pioneers in modern, extreme and technical metal. And like the two latter bands, they have in recent times abandoned the idea of consistent brutality for a more eclectic sound. Which has not impeded their popularity at all. Gojira have released seven studio albums since 2001, and the two most recent ones, "Magma" (2016) and "Fortitude" (2022), are just as praised and popular as the classics "The way of all flesh" (2008) and "L'enfant sauvage" (2012) - if not more so. A significant aspect of Gojira's is their well-crafted lyrics, touching upon their own lives as well as the world in general, and whose atmosphere is absorbed by the music, making it even more expressive.
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BEHEMOTH PL
They had to cancel abruptly in 2019 - but now, finally, SRF audiences will once more get to see one of the biggest metal bands of our time. Behemoth formed in 1991 as a black metal act, later changed lanes to advanced death metal and have since expanded boundaries on bold, artistic works like "The Satanist" (2014), "I loved you at your darkest" (2018) and "Opvs contra natvram" (2022). A band in the now, and a band of the future.
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CLUTCH US
Somewhat ironically, Maryland's Clutch, who arrived during the alternative wave of the 90s, rank among the most cherished defenders of traditional rock in our time. Then again, Clutch were never that traditional, in the sense bound by rules. On the contrary, from their 1993 debut to their most recent and thirteenth studio album "Sunrise on Slaughter Beach" (2022), Neil Fallon & Co have upheld their unique and unpredictable profile. Which is decidedly why they have amassed such a loyal and devoted fanbase.
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TESTAMENT US
The biggest band from "the second generation" of Bay Area thrash metal have basically been praised by the whole metal community since their 1987 debut "The legacy". It's actually hard to name any among their thirteen studio albums that has not been declared a classic, the most recent outing "Titans of creation" (2020) certainly included. In short, fans of headbang-compatible, energetic, innovative and all around high quality metal know that singer Chuck Billy et al never disappoint, and that definitely goes for their live shows as well.
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AVATAR SE
One of the few bands to really move melodice death metal forward since its 90s heyday, is Sweden's Avatar. They have released eight studio albums since 2006, including such modern day classics as "Hail the apocalypse" (2014) and "Hunter gatherer" (2020), where brutality intermingles with finesse and miscellaneous surprises. Lest we forget, Johannes Eckerström is a unique frontman. We're all but certain that Avatar's ninth album "Dance Devil dance", arriving in February, will increase their momentum still a little more just in time for SRF.
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SATOR SE
Sator has been a cherished institution on the Swedish rock scen more or less since their beginning in 1987. These masters of groove-laden punk - and occasionally hard rock, like on their 1992 album classic "Headquake" - have, on seven "regular" albums, produced fan favorites like "World", "We're right, you're wrong" and "I'd rather drink than talk". Their classic covers album "Barbie-q-killers vol 1" (1994) saw them salute their punk roots, and fans were unsurprisingly delighted to finally get the follow-up "Return of the Barbie-q-killers" in 2022.
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THUNDERMOTHER SE
Sweden's Thundermother mainly walked the AC/DC path on their 2014 debut album. Now, four more albums later, their own personal style is fully developed and it is indeed above all their two latest albums, "Heatwave" (2020) and "Black and gold" (2022), that have propelled Thundermother forward as one of the hottest new(ish) Swedish hard rock bands. On stage they're a live wire, which coincidentally got them a US tour with the Scorpions in 2022.
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THRESHOLD UK
The European answer to Dream Theater? Nah, they're more original than that, but Britain's Threshold, celebrating 30 years as recording artists in 2023, are indeed one of the first and most classic bands in European prog metal. Unlike many veteran acts Threshold have only become more popular over time - out of their twelve studio albums, the likes of "Legends of the shires" (2017) are just as cherished as the old releases, and there is little doubt that their current, and highly anticipated album "Dividing lines" will maintain the winning streak.
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GREEN LUNG UK
Britain's Green Lung count among the new representatives of traditional occult hard rock. Their sound contains elements from psychedelic rock a well as stoner and punk, and both their albums "Woodland rites" (2019) and "Black harvest" (2021) have been positively received by critics and fans alike. Folklore and horror are important influences to this band who despite their stubborn independet attitude are starting to gain recognition in a wider context.
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HOT BREATH
"Your afterparty that never ends", is how Sweden's Hot Breath have described themselves. The band, with members from the likes of the not entirely unknown Honeymoon Disease, play hard and groove-laden garage-rock'n'roll that unabashedly aims for the crotch. Since their 2019 EP and 2021 debut album "Rubbery lips" have been received positively by rock fans, the time has come for Hot Breath to take on the big stages as well.
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STRÖM SE
AC/DC-like rock with Swedish lyrics is quite unusual. But now we have Ström (electricity), who became the talk of a nation in spring 2022 with their two first singles. September saw the release of the eponymous debut "Ström", and in this short time the band have become one of the most talked-about in Sweden in a long time. Critics and audiences alike have welcomed Ström with open arms - their glorious future is seemingly already here.
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