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DEAD END SPACE

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The Chicago born guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Johnny ENGSTROM started to play guitar at the age of 12 and has been playing in bands ever since. He has been a fulltime working musician since 1992, doing what he loves most; teaching guitar, helping kids forming bands, song writing and playing in front of a live audience.

At a young age he moved to Karlskoga, Sweden, a town that had a blooming music scene. His parents owned a summer cottage near the town Nora, were he made friends with the talented ABBA guitarist Lasse WELLANDER, who inspired him to develop his guitar skills. Johnny formed 'Dead End Street' together with bass player Niklas H÷BERG and drummer Galle JOHANSSON, a band that showed strong influences from RUSH, THE POLICE and U2. The trio blended a lot of different styles, making them into their own. The band played a large number of gigs, festivals, made records and had a few television appearances and some radio airplay.

In the ensuing years he decided to put more effort in his solo project, playing with a lot of different musicians. Johnny played gigs and toured all over Scandinavia with his band, plus rock acts 'Don And The Mob and 'BBbrain'. He was also the bass player in 'Pg And The Hooligans', a rhythm and blues band taking him back to his Chicago roots. He eventually reunited with his old bandmates to form THE JOHNNY ENGSTROM BAND early in 2008, releasing the debut album Analyse My Dream shortly afterwards in April of the same year. From Birth To Chaos was the band's sophomore effort, released in February 2009, followed by Magnetic Force in October 2011.

This third album is a powerful Progressive Rock/Metal hybrid that brings to mind groups such as DREAM THEATER, RUSH, SAGA and EVERGREY. Lyrically it is a concept album dealing with UFOs, alien abductions and 'X-Files'-type themes. Dark, heavy and menacing (but still very melodic).

On 23rd March 2013 the band made a decision to change their name from J.E.B to 'DEAD END SPACE' for the release of their fourth album Distortion Of Senses (released on May 24th 2013). The album was co-produced by Mats LINDFORS at Soundtrade Studio in Stockholm, and has ethereal subjects such as ghosts, spirits, angels, life and death (amongst other things) as its main theme.
The band will return to work with Mats LINDFORS in August 2013, and record three songs for release as digital download only. They have their own record label 'Aliennation Records'.


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Analyse My Dream (Johnny Engstrom)
2008
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From Birth to Chaos (Johnny Engstrom Band)
2009
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Magnetic Force (Johnny Engstrom Band)
2011
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Distortion of Senses
2013

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3.22 | 8 ratings

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
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3 stars This is another ho-hum album that has some great ideas and even some above average execution, but just doesn't quite achieve its overall goals. When I heard the opening few minutes of this album, I was prepared to be impressed. The opening riffs are unique, oddly timed, and really fun to hear. Yet, the song collapses into a mire of bad mixing and uninspired composition from there.

This happens time and time again on this album. Either you have a track that simply has no life, such as the second track "Drama Fields', or you get some great openers that lead nowhere (or into some really bad mixing). I'm pretty disappointed with this; though, because there are two excellent tracks on this album that feature some thoughtful lyrics, attention- grabbing instrumentation, and genuinely creative vox. I find "Hundred Years of Dust" and "Breathe In Breathe Out" to be very well done, the latter of the two being the best track on the album.

So, what's with all the mix-up here? Why are there so many promising ideas here that just don't pan out like they should? I think it's because this band doesn't know what they want to be. See, there are plenty of bands that can combine genres, tones, and intensities to form original music. However, some bands attempt this, but come across as fractured and indecisive. Dead End Space is one such band, as they can't decide between being metal, heavy prog, or atmospheric. They don't have the chops currently to combine these subgenres to great effect, and so I'm afraid their work can appear disjointed. If they could focus a little more, I believe they could put out some great music someday.

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