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Founded in Malmö, Sweden in 2001 - Disbanded in 2004

Bland Bladen are a psychedelic/space rock band that likes to jam and will appeal to fans of Hidria Spacefolk and Ozric Tentacles.

The following bio is taken from the band's website:
The band started jamming in the autumn of 2001, having their homebase in Malmö. The guitarist (Sebbe) and the keyboard player (Ola) came south from Örebro in 2000-2001 and met the freaks Dave and Kaufmann and started jamming. The band soon found they had quite a magical sound as they all come from very different musical backgrounds, with Dave and Kaufmann playing quite heavy rock or punk and Sabana and Ola playing in a psychedelic blues band. Together they create some very interesting instrumental psychedelic progressive space rock, also inspired by some Swedish folk music.

The band has released a split vinyl LP (only 200 copies made) with a Swedish band called Soviet. In addition, a self released 4 track CD-R was released in 2003 named I Grévens Tid.


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 I Grévens Tid by BLAND BLADEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.83 | 23 ratings

I Grévens Tid
Bland Bladen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Excellent Space Rock from 2003 by these Swedes. They would join forces with MANTRIC MUSE and American Dr. Space to form ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE a few years after this. I really enjoyed this 45 minute album feeling that really the only song that didn't do it for me was the shortest one "Pe Gron Kvist" which almost feels like a tip of the hat to OZRIC TENTACLES with that Reggae vibe. Only 6 minutes long and I like the way it starts with the guitar that echoes as synths, drums and bass all impress. The other three tracks range from 12 to 14 minutes and there's so much to enjoy with these. The keyboardist here by the way will go on to play in HOOFFOOT.

The opener and title track is all Space Rock until a calm arrives at 1 1/2 minutes with electric piano and upfront bass. My kind of music. I'm just so surprised to hear Electric piano. It trips along as the guitar returns a couple of minutes later. Bass is crunching it then another calm with relaxed guitar and bubbling synths with slow beats. Quite relaxing to the end. "I Afton Trans" is my favourite. It kicks in around a minute as drums, bass and guitar rise up and kick into a groove before 2 minutes. Keyboards and guitar solo over top. It's more intense and exotic after 4 minutes. A calm then it builds as we get some electric piano(yay). So good.

"Dimland" has some Reggae in it but not like that second track. Still it's my least favourite of the three long ones. The first 5 minutes or so is pretty cool then it turns catchy with a Reggae vibe. Kicking butt at 11 minutes as the tempo picks up. Sounds like clavinet after 12 minutes. Good song regardless and for me a low 4 star album but worth that rating.

 I Grévens Tid by BLAND BLADEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.83 | 23 ratings

I Grévens Tid
Bland Bladen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars I can't decide wether this is a masterpiece or not.

This band's only release is a colourful mix of fusion, spacerock, and symphonic prog.

There used to be a time that Sweden and Denmark had a thriving spacerock scene; Řresund Space Collective, Mantric Muse, First Band from Outer Space, BlandBladen etc. All sharing bandmembers and often not sure who played in wich band.

Bland Bladen was a four-piece (drums, synths, bass, guitar) and plays instrumental. I think it sounds somewhat like Camel, Ozrics, Canterbury-style, Hidria Spacefolk and Korai Örom, mixing rock, funk, symhonic rock, reggae/dub and jazzrock/fusion.

The overal feel is very mellow and laidback, although it's never soft. It's just the way that the music performed. It sounds like it's all played live in the studio. Sometimes you get the feeling that's some lost Camel-tracks from the first years (minus the flute). What I mean is, that I Grévens Tid is not modern prog, but something that could've been a record from 1969-1974.

Still not sure if I should give this one 4 or 5 stars. I'll stick with 4 stars because it can sound somewhat chaotic here and there because it's basically four studio-jams.

 I Grévens Tid by BLAND BLADEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.83 | 23 ratings

I Grévens Tid
Bland Bladen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Very interesting debut by this Swedish outfit, re-released now in 2008.

The music here takes it's cue from the space rock of the 70's, at least in sound and style. A big, fat bass line is the foundation in most segments on the four tunes here, with psychedelic guitar licks and spacey synths improvising on top, spacey synth sounds adding texture and a very 70's electric piano adding melodic themes from time to time. Drums and percussion seems to be the pacesetters.

Sound and style reminds slightly of bands like Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles, and there's some obvious similarities to Öresund Space Collective too; which isn't a surprise as these two bands have some mutual members.

Recommended for fans of improvisational sounding space jams, in particular those who fancy this style of music with a 70's sound.

 I Grévens Tid by BLAND BLADEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.83 | 23 ratings

I Grévens Tid
Bland Bladen Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

3 stars Sweden is a country which is really rich on prog and especially psychedelic/space jam acts. Exchanging the musicians at pleasure looks like to be quite normal for some of them. Probably BLAND BLADEN can be titled as a forerunner of the Oresund Space Collective (OSC) which is most likely the bestknown of all. So it's not quite astonishing that all the band members had collaborations with OSC in the past respectively Ola for example plays fender rhodes and synthesizer on the current masterpiece 'Black Tomato'.

This BRAND BLADEN debut from 2003 is consisting of four songs, totally instrumental, and yes, indeed, they can be considered to be in the vein of the OSC sound. Improvised jams with a happy flavour where you can feel their pleasure and fun making music first of all.

The excellent title song I grévens tid appears as my highlight - a nice grooving song with jazzy rhodes piano plus a bluesy part with bubbling synths and sensitive guitar. Pĺ Grön Kvist is provided with an intense reggae/dub rhythm near to the sound of Hidria Spacefolk and the following 13 minute track I Afton Trans comes up with two main parts in a different mood, first uptempo busy, later floating and gliding. A heavy rhythm section dominates Dimland later changing to a trippy rocking part with some eastern oriental elements.

'I Grévens Tid' is an enjoyable album and excellent find for progheads who like Hidria Spacefolk or Ozric Tentacles as well as swedish bands jamming along anyway - 3.5 stars.

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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