Saturday, July 20, 2024

King Of Sweden in Training

Finnish progressive rock band, King Of Sweden, has just released their debut album, The Training, that’s out now on Crusader Records.

The album is said to combine deeply rooted prog rock with fresh energy and attitude. The Training combines both vintage and modern sounds, ranging from skilful riffs and energetic guitar playing, to smooth prog ballads.

Founded in late 2019 by guitarist and singer Sampsa Nelimarkka, drummer Janne Savela and bass player Erkka Heinilä. The trio had played together in the past, with Nelimarkka on bass and Heinilä on guitar. This time, they decided to switch instruments with each other and immediately found their sound.

What follows is a track-by-track outline of the tracks featured on The Training:


‘Dreaming About the Emerald’ was the first single by King of Sweden. It’s the first peek into the six-track album, and paints both a dreamy and energetic musical landscape. 


‘Two Thieves’ is a progressive rock song that leads the listener to a journey through groovy riffs and dreamy landscapes. 


‘In the House of a Witch’ is an instrumental song, capturing an edgy and atmospheric image of a visitation in a house of a witch.


‘The Imprisonment’ is a prog rock ballad. The song consists of soft guitar playing and strong vocals that are crowned with a smooth saxophone sound.  


‘Help Arrives’ is another single, just released, combining energetic guitar riffs, technically skilful playing and varying time signatures. It consists of three different parts:‘God Uses A Hammer’, ‘Helps Arrives’ and ‘Butterfly Hatches’. 


‘And The Last Enemy To Be Destroyed Is Mathematics’ is the final track, diving into the subject of infinity by means of delirious guitar patterns, hypnotic bass lines, and frenzied drumming.

You can watch the video for both singles released thus far right here at RAMzine, and listen/buy The Training here. 

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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