Psychostick: What happens when two best friends who grew up listening to Weird Al and Pantera decide to start a band combining crunching riffs and laugh-out-loud lyrics? Psychostick happens, happened, and continues to happen. Vocalist Rob Kersey and guitarist Josh Key teamed up with drummer Alex Dontre and Matty J "Moose" to create some of the most off-the-wall records to ever reach store shelves. Backed up by a fleet of viral-sensation online videos and an insane live show that few can forget, Psychostick has proven year after year that they refuse to be ignored. And the fans wouldn't have it any other way.
Civil War: In April 2012, the guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mullback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr left the band Sabaton. Soon the will came to start a new band and Astral Door's singer Nils Patrik Johansson and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson were recruited and the Civil War was born. Today, Oskar, Stefan and Nils have left the band. The band has found reinforcement in guitarist Petrus Granar and vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter
The Unguided: Unguided is a five-part melodic metal band from Sweden, formed by Richard Sjunnesson, after his departure from Sonic Syndicate. Later he was joined by (also former Sonic Syndicate singer) Roland Johansson, and guitarist Roger Sjunnesson and current Cobersystem bassist Henric Carlsson. In 2017 Roland left The Unguided, and Jonathan Thorpenberg took over on clean song. The Uguided icubat a heavy of melodic death metal that will "freak out" all metalcore precursors in its greatest era.
Persefone: Almost four years have passed since Persefone unleashed their highly-acclaimed album
“Spiritual Migration”. An impressive tour-de-force of insanely great musicianship that took
both the press and the listeners by storm (1,3 million views on YouTube). With a new
guitarist and a new drummer Persefone have now taken their music to the next level and
are ready to release their brand-new album “Aathma” to set the standard for progressive
metal, and now they are comming to Sweden and Uppsala Rock Nights 2018.
Thyrfing: Thyrfing have delivered their very own brew of metal music since 1995 and after six full-length albums and numerous live performances the band now releases their eagerly awaited new album called “De ödeslösa”, still carrying the integrity and trademarks known since the self-titled debut album in 1998
The band have gained a strong following over the years and an exquisite standing within the metal scene, considered one of the top bands within the so-called viking/pagan metal genre
Lizette &: The Stockholm-based industrial rock band Lizette & has been described as a mix of Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Rammstein. Over the years the band has been nominated for five "Rockbjörnar". 2012 to "Breakthrough of the Year" as well as 2013 and 2014 to both the "Live Group of the Year" and "Hard Rock / Metal Year".
Sarea: has been described as a melodic jubilee, and we can not ignore the fact that Sarea is a heavy, melodic and aggressive machine on stage.
In 2010, the debut album "Alive" was released and the video to the first single 'Another Me' has nearly 2 million views on YouTube. In 2014, the sequel "This is not Goodbye" released an album honored by reviewers around the world, as well as the band's third album 'Black at Heart', released in May 2017.
Sarea is experiencing the best live, and with over 100 shows in the luggage of, among other things, Sweden Rock Festival and Skogsröjet, an England tour, a turn in Croatia and a Germany tour with 'Ill Niño' and 'Ektomorf' have also been finalized.
At Uppsala Rock Nights, the band will deliver songs from all its albums with a huge bunch of token energy and game fun.
Bonafide: Bonafide means genuine which this band really is. They play rock just as it should be and it gives both energy and joy that infects from stage to audience.
Through hard work has Bonafide acquired a position both within Sweden and outside the country's borders. There have performed on numerous festivals, city celebrations and club scenes. And now it's part of the premiere year of Uppsala Rock Nigths.
NALE: Founded in 2007, Nale quickly gained ground in the local live scene as an explosive, energetic and in-your-face live act. Having released two EP's - "Nale" (2007) and "From Sh * t to Salvation" (2009), mixed by grammy awarded producer Chris Laney (Candlemass, Europe, Crashdiet) in legendary Polar Studios - Nale recorded a full-length album with producer Lawrence Mackrory (FKÜ, Darkane) resulting in the release of critically acclaimed debut album Ghost Road Blues (2012). Nale has since released the EP "Zombieland" and toured with the likes of Crucified Barbara and The Resistance at clubs across Sweden, played at Getaway Rock Festival, Sabaton Open Air Festival, Wacken Open Air as well as headlining an own tour in India.
The band recently finished their second full length album "Death, Skulls, Satan" which is set for release 2018.
Bullets and Octane: Bullets and Octane is a punkin-fluted hard band that started in St Louis, but since 1999 is based in California. The band has released seven albums and has been touring Europe, Japan and North America since 1998 and has been linked to groups such as Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Eagles of Death Metal, Deftones, Grains and Flogging Molly. The group is perhaps best known for the song "Pirates".
Loch Vostok: In 2003, bursting out of the remains of ancient Mayadome, the foundation of what became Loch Vostok, a band with focus on live performances was laid. During the years that have passed, the band has released 7 full lengths, toured with big bands (King Dimond, Therion and Leprous) and been playing at virtually all the festivals in the country worth mentioning. Now they also come to the premiere year of Uppsala Rock Nights.
Always War: Always War has been around for a while and is well known in Uppsala. They ignore current trends in Swedish hardcore, trying gently to cut their own path in the hardcore scene.
Sanctrum: Sanctrum plays some form of death / thrash metal with a twist of hardcore. The album "Rot" (Wormholedeath Records) was released in 2015, in the spring / summer of 2018 there will be new music. A hard and uncompromising show is promised with a lot of headbang, fist pumps, sweat, smiles and if it's really cozy, some blood can also be present.
Are you ready for your next favorite band?
Revelations: is a band from Stockholm that appeals to the part of the audience who lacks the classic 70's hardrock. The band's sound has been described as a collision between Black Sabbath and early Maiden, but with its doom features and even swinging influences, similarities have been drawn to bands such as Candlemass, Thin Lizzy & Led Zeppelin. With the release of the full length album "Gatekeeper" via Sliptrick Records, the band has played a lot in 2018, including Rock the Boat with Accept and a mini-tour with Chris Holmes (ex WASP). The band has been toured as support of Chirs Holmes in the past and has also been touring with giants like Paul Di'Anno (eg Iron Maiden) & Neon Rose (Sweden's first hardrock band). In 2013, a 4-track ep was released, which received good reviews internationally and nationally and was played on a number of radio stations, among other things in the U.S. Revelations has since its inception (2012) succeeded in expanding its reputation, which is growing rapidly worldwide. At the end of 2013, a 2 track song was also released to present the band's new singer and new sound. The single "Grip of Darkness" also featured a music video. The song was played on some radio stations in California and generated 50,000 listeners to Spotify in a few months.
In November 2017, the long-awaited full-length "Gatekeeper" was released, which received brilliant reviews. The record was followed by two popular release festivals, playing on the Rock the Boat with Bla. ACCEPT, review and interview in Sweden Rock Magazine and diligent touring.
Revelations has played a lot in Sweden's club and rock scenes in 2014 - 17 and is becoming well-known on the Swedish hard rock scene. The band has played at the Getaway Rock Festival, the Rock the Boat and the Huskvarna Rock and Art Weekend.
Black Magic Fools: In the beginning there were six poorly lost souls whom the devil himself pardoned by giving them their instruments. Now they are forever convicted of walking from city to city and playing on streets and squares and through blackmagic tones collect souls to their rulers. Yes, at least, that is the story of the band Black Magic Fools. But if you choose to not believe in that story, you can imagine that they are very ordinary musicians from Gothenburg who mix medieval music with heavy metal and have done a lot of success at rock clubs and medieval events around Sweden, but they have also played a lot in Germany and Latvia. This will be the first gig in Uppsala and the band promises a show beyond the ordinary that makes everyone in the crowd bang their skull in pieces, dance on the tables, drink fifty-one beers and just let go of all the senses. Just like in old good middle ages!
Septekh: Blackened Swedish death/thrash metal music. Devoted live act in pursuit of the perfect gig. Alternately compared to Aura Noir, Satyricon, The Crown and Entombed. This is the sound of the beast, the language of Septekh.
Septekh, formed in 2008, has to date released two EPs (Abyss Records) and one generous full-length album (Studio 508 Productions). Dwelling in a little red house out on the island of Mörkö, the Studio 508 on the east coast of Sweden, the band is constantly at work refining their art.
Midvinterblot: Midvinterblot offers energetic, melodic Folk Metal of the kind that never lets the listener's body stand still - the soft but firm grip of the musical instruments in combination with mountain massive weight and rhythm like a rippling stream creates an ecstatic music experience that dries worrying about the world so glad to surround one!
Hexed: HEXED are a Swedish Metal band fronted by the amazing vocalist
Tina Gunnarsson. The music is a genius blend of thick driving rhythms, melodic guitars and are sometimes progressively orientated, but always with catchy chorus lines and strong powerful female vocals.
Satans Kadaver: is a punk and metal-influenced band from Uppsala. Inspired by everything from extraplanetary autoerotic to supernatural sexgames and wet dreams from the depths of the ocean, Satans Kadaver has created a separate sound. The band's musical influences are rooted in everything from classical punk to today's more extreme expression of evil and exclusion.
Roof Down: A 4 piece band from Stockholm (est. 2013), that playes Seattlerock-inspired postal grunge, which creates a unique alternative rock act and considers Sweden's answer to the 90's grunge band. Their music has its roots in the grungerock, but at the same time it comes with a contemporary touch. Simply a "fucking band" that Takida-Robban had recently been listening to after their latest EP.
Cobra Cult: Rock'n'rollish metalpunk - hell yeah!
Cobra Cult was formed in Stockholm by the end of 2015 and during the last two years the band has been around, the result has been finely chopped into its own variant of energetic and compelling metal punk.
"It sounds like punk, but more upset and really damn good - this is my new favorite band!", Is an already classic quotation of a new fan after one of the band's gigs.
In 2017, the band released a 4-track EP recorded with the legend Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studio and also made their first gig abroad at a metal festival in Bremen, Germany.
In 2018, the band has a number of festivals booked and will also record its first full length. Once again, they put their heads together with Tomas Skogsberg, but Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust is also on a corner.
That said, hard, compassionate and damn good - do not miss your new favorite band!
Ocean to Burn: This thundering steamengine can be put in a separate category. Ocean to Burn has recently been welded together by the deep blues and the heaviest rock along with a whole lot of other influences, and has sharpened its sound to something beyond the usual
Ebrietor: Ebrietor is probably Piteås toughest, best and most unknown band. Ebrietor formed in 2015 has not just managed to get one headline in VästerbottensKuriren but also managed to completly avoid its hometown media.
This even though they in May 2017 released a full-length masterpiece entitled Sound of Violence.
Stages will tremble and crowds will roar when these dudes are performing all around Sweden.
Rumors say another album is brewing, containing distortion, blastbeats and a fair dose of lössnus.
Acidiun: Acidiun, founded in 2008 in Uppsala, is a metal act originating in death and metalcore sound. A fresh blend of hardcore, beatdown, heavy metal and thrash describes Acidiun songs that are driven by, shifting transitions, gravity and complete lack of verses and chorus.
Highwater: Highwater is a band of the old school that strives to deliver its music as honestly, uncompromisingly and swiftly as it goes.