There is some amazing music out there that I feel people may miss, so I'm going to do everything I can to introduce y'all to some amazing albums that may not get the press they deserve!!!
Today we look at the latest release from Swedish rockers VOJD. Until today I never even heard of this band and now i'm so hooked. If you like classic 70's rock like KISS, Thin Lizzy, UFO and Ted Nugent than you will love VOJD. They combine simple riffs, classic vocals and very basic production... and I mean that in a good way. Their debut album, THE OUTER OCEAN is a brilliant and easy album to fall into right away.
"With "Goin' Under" and "Shadowline" the Swedish band Black Trip had released two classic metal albums to great critical acclaim. When drummer Jonas Wikstrand was replaced by Anders Bentell, the band,now consisting of Joseph Tholl (vocals and bass), Peter Stjärnvind (guitar) and Linus Björklund (guitar), decided to make a fresh start by changing their name to Vojd.
“With the new line-up and the new material we felt that we wanted to start a new chapter in a way,” analyzes vocalist Joseph Tholl. He adds: “I still see the new album as the third album, a follow up to Black Trip’s Shadowline, though this new one contains a lot of stuff we haven't tried before. The significant elements of Black Trip are recurring throughout the album, though the variety between the songs is much broader this time around, in all directions.”
The name of Vojd’s first album is The Outer Ocean. There is quite a big difference in sound, style and execution between Vojd and Black Trip. Vojd are much more classic rock than Black Trip ever were, and much less traditional heavy metal… “Yeah, I think you're right,” says Joseph Tholl. “And I'm glad you say it sounds different from the previous ones, change and development is very important to me. Whether it’s more classic rock, I don’t know, but It’s something different from what we’ve done before. I take inspiration from anything that has good melodies, whether it’s Swedish pop or German thrash metal doesn't matter.”
“This album was recorded bit by bit during almost a year,” describes Joseph Tholl the actual recording process of The Outer Ocean. “It’s the first time we tried this technique for this band. Previous albums have been recorded in one coherent session. There were very few occasions where the whole band would be in the studio at the same time.”
THE OUTER OCEAN will be released February 23, 2018.
The Power Chords Podcast is a twice-monthly podcast celebrating rock and metal music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. The show is co-hosted by Matt Herring and Brian LeTendre.