Snowy Dunes

Snowy Dunes

Snowy Dunes


Xemu Records

Ah, breathe deeply the smell of cheap weed; the kind of cheap weed you could only get back in the glory days of psychedelic rock. This Swedish band has the electric guitars tuned for a blues riff, they have the weird modulation that appear from the barely audible introduction lines to the ear crunching crescendos of power rock. Levitate as the magnificent guitar solos lift you off the earth; dream along with the intangible lyrics and the total hippie cool groove metal sound; relive my high school days.

This is an EP, but a solid, 30 minutes one. Lead singer Niklas Eisen belts that scorched larynx sound that we associate with the big hair, big tour glory days of hard rock. Compositions mix slow and fast and recall the progressive rockers and their gleeful experimentation. Lyrics tend toward the cryptic and in “Testify” talk about “Being set free” and “Who am I supposed to be?” If I had to pick a “similar to” band, it would be early Robin Trower. “Trident” takes us on a power guitar ride courtesy of lead guitar Christoffer Kingstedt, then slowly fades to weird 2001 style space noises. And “Atlantis III” wraps up the session with blazing drums (Stefan Jakobsson) and a pounding bass line by Carl Oredson. This is satisfying, enjoyable heavy metal that takes some time to slow down.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Moloko Plus
    Moloko Plus

    Moloko Plus is a monthly experimental music event in Orlando, Florida.

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Don Felder
    Don Felder

    Don Felder took music fans down Eagles’ memory lane at Disney Epcot’s® Garden Rocks Concert Series, and Michelle Wilson loved every nostalgic moment of it.

  • Alfred Sergel IV
    Alfred Sergel IV

    Alfred Sergel IVtet (The Tam Tam Group). Review by Stacey Zering.

From the Archives