Maggot Heart (DE)
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MAGGOT HEART is the brainchild of Swedish guitarist/singer Linnéa Olsson (former member of Beastmilk/Grave Pleasures, Sonic Ritual and The Oath). The debut EP „CITY GIRLS“ has been making waves in the summer of 2017, gathering critical acclaim and boasting two swiftly sold-out pressings.
July 2018 has seen the release of the much-awaited first album „DUSK TO DUSK“, once again on Berlin-based imprint TERATOLOGY SOUND & VISION. As was the case with the EP, the album sees Linnea employing the services of fellow Swedes Uno Bruniusson (Procession, Death Alley, ex-In Solitude and Grave Pleasures) on drums and Gottfrid Åhman (No Future, Reveal, ex-In Solitude, Invidious, Repugnant) on bass. Recorded in Studio Cobra (In Solitude, Nifelheim, Pig Eyes) in Stockholm in December 2017 under the guidance of Martin Ehrencrona, „Dusk To Dusk“ witnesses Maggot Heart as they build on the sound of „City Girls“ to expand its boundaries and achieve a very personal result, which is much more than the sum of its influences. „Dusk to Dusk“ is the sound of a comedown in the blue light of the dawn. Darker, monolithic and slightly melancholic, its nine songs move through pictures of isolation in altered states – we get presented with a highly dynamic spectrum of saturnine moods that builds the fundament for snarling, rusty guitars that would be out of place on neither a Killing Joke nor a Stooges record. They steadily mingle and fight with a powerful rhythm section that is at times reminiscent of the maddening stomp that put noise-rock heroes like The Jesus Lizard or The Birthday Party in the pantheon of rock music. „Dusk To Dusk“ is an album well informed by what has happened in music since the late seventies, yet never relying on past achievements.
This is a highly personal „alchemical blitz“, that through unorthodox approaches and intense lyricism highlights a certain kind of savagery in rock and roll that seems to have gone missing in the retro-craze of the 2010s. After being launched in 2017 MAGGOT HEART has quickly risen to one of the most exciting and talked about underground rock acts of today.
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