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KING OF SWEDEN

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King of Sweden is a Finnish progressive rock band, founded in late 2019 by guitarist and singer Sampsa NELIMARKKA, drummer Janne SAVELA and bass player Erkka HEINILA.

The trio had played together in the past Sampsa Nelimarkka playing the bass and Erkka Heinilš playing the guitar. This time they decided to switch instruments with each other and immediately found their sound.
Combining vintage and modern sound, King of Sweden plays progressive rock rooted in the old and classic progressive rock, however, they add to it a proper dose of fresh energy and some groovy and irresistible hard rock vibes. Jamming and improvisation remains an important part of their music.

King of Sweden recorded their debut album in December 2019 and this new album "The Training" has been released in October 2021. The music is heavy prog with influences from KING CRIMSON power trio era.

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 The Training by KING OF SWEDEN album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.91 | 5 ratings

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The Training
King Of Sweden Heavy Prog

Review by KazBodnar

4 stars "The Training" is a great album and a good first album from Finnish band King of Sweden; I am curious to see what else they will release in the future. I really enjoy the guitar phrases and the overall feel of the album. The style is easy to listen and jam to and is pretty calm overall; there are also faster/less calm parts of this album such as the first song.

"Dreaming About the Emerald" is a great instrumental opening song for this album. It is a fairly simple track but does a good job of opening up the feel of the album as a whole. The drumming sounds really great. The next track, "Two Thieves", is the longest song of the album at about 13 minutes. The rhythm on this song is really great and easy to jam to and the time signature changes from 3/4 to 4/4 for most of the song. The guitar solos in the beginning of the song are good. The only problem I have with this track is the singing. It doesn't sound phenomenal but I think it's just the fact that English is probably not his first language. "In the House of a Witch" is the next song on the album and is a calm instrumental after the less calm end to "Two Thieves". This is also the shortest song on the album at 2:23. The next song "The Imprisonment" is another calm song with singing. The saxophone solo is also good. The next song, "Help Arrives", is a more upbeat tune and a really good song on the album. The last song is called "And the Last Enemy to be Destroyed is Mathematics". It has a similar feeling to "Help Arrives".

Overall, "The Training" is a really good debut album for the Finnish band. It combines calm ballads with upbeat rock and it is hard to lose interest while listening to the album, even though there is a lot of repetition in riffs.

 The Training by KING OF SWEDEN album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.91 | 5 ratings

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The Training
King Of Sweden Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars King Of Sweden is a Finnish Progressive Rock band, the lineup consists of a trio founded in 2019 who released their debut album "The Training" on October 1, 2021 via Crusader Records and consists of 6 long-running tracks .The album presents a surprisingly fantastic ride through various progressive rock sounds that this band perfectly combined with elements of classic hard rock, but in that mix, they definitely managed to create a unique sound.

"Dreaming About The Emerald" begins with a massive guitar riff and a solid rhythm session with a deep, driving bass. The guitar is the protagonist as well as the tempo changes are an added value of the sound. Prog, jazz and rock are all present this fantastic tune. Two Thieves, clocking in at thirteen minutes, is a fantastic journey through this same style. It starts with a melancholy guitar, and then with a change give life to a great piece of rock, with a fntastic rhythm session enhanced by continuous tempo changes. The bass creates intricate and load-bearing lines with the guitar free to express itself in the melodies. The first vocals on the album appear on this song. This composition really leads to dreamy landscapes, which then merge into an eclectic world, accompanied by great jazz moments and back again. "In the House of a Witch" is a short instrumental that continues a similar style with which the previous track ended. "The Imprisonment" which succeeds with a passage to create delicate melodies and an emotional vocal that fits in. In the central section the instrumental part with the wonderful saxophone from guitarist Sampsa Nelimarkka takes the sound to another level, to pleasantly guide us to the final. "Help Arrives a) God Uses A Hammer b) Help Arrives c) Butterfly Hatches" is a three-part track that begins with an aggressive rhythm session and hard guitar riffs. Throughout its duration it delivers energetic guitar riffs, technically skilful playing and varying time signatures. A really great combination of eclectic transitions and heavy prog.

The album closes with "And The Last Enemy To Be Destroyed Is Mathematics" and it is a really great track great guitar patterns, hypnotic bass lines and a strong frenetic drumming, all deliverd on this tune.

All in all this is a great debut album from the band. In all compositions they managed to combine the sounds of hard rock with jazz-eclectic outbursts. Progressive rock at a high level.

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