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MAD ARTWORK

Heavy Prog • Sweden


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The concept of the band is born in 2006 in the mind of Gabbi DLUZEWSKI (Guitars, backing vocals) who wanted to create music that is emotional and at the same time adventurous with the presence of contrasts and nuances of soft and heavy. He wanted to explore the depth of his heroes (LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and THE BEATLES) while reaching some new territory. His inspiration of Swedish and Celtic traditional music was another influence to define the band's sound.

In 2007, the band entered the competition Music Direkt with some great reviews from the audience. His brother Daniel (Bass, backing vocals) joined the band after the departure of some members. Then the two search for new musicians. That's when Simon FORSBERG (Swedish bosoki, acoustic guitar, banjo and backing vocals) came along by seducing the band with this playing of the bosoki later renamed "ro-string mandolin of Doom". Then Andreas BERGLUND (drums) joined the band in 2011. The band dis another tour of Sweden with rave reviews from the press. In 2013, they signed with Copro Records, UK for their first album "I Still Breathe". In 2014, the band found the missing piece in the female vocalist Terese TEZZI PERSSON.

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 I Still Breathe by MAD ARTWORK album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.32 | 3 ratings

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I Still Breathe
Mad Artwork Heavy Prog

Review by OneOpinion

5 stars Awesome debut from Mad Artwork. I was apprehensive at first due to the instruments listed on PA as only guitars and bozoki, no keyboards. I was also not impressed by the little samples on Amazon. I was wrong on both counts. I was very happy, being a keyboard fanatic, to hear the organ come in strong a couple of minutes into the first song. Organ and piano are heard throughout the album. Flutes, okay, actually recorders, are used to spice things up also. The music is very eclectic. Soft passages one minute to a bit of metal the next, and everything in between. The female vocals are excellent. She has an incredible range. Soft and tender to raw and ragged (in a good way). Reminds me a bit of the great Grace Slick. All instruments are played extremely well. The production is crystal clear. You can hear each instrument clearly. I have listened to this five straight times now and still keep hearing new things. So many layers. It leaves me the way all great albums do, wanting more. Highly recommended. As for the rating... I can't see how this could be any better so I will reward it with 5 stars. That's my 2-cents.
 I Still Breathe by MAD ARTWORK album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.32 | 3 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Swedish band MAD ARTWORK was formed back in 2006, and was active in the live scene in various line-up constellations until 2014, when the current line-up was finalized wit the addition of vocalist Terese Persson, the other members being Andreas Berglund (drums), Daniel Dluzewski (bass), Gabbi Dluzewski (guitars) and Simon Forsberg (guitars, banjo bozouki). "I Still Breathe" is their debut album, and was released through UK label Copro Records in 2014.

That Sweden is the home of many fine progressive rock bands isn't much of a surprise for anyone these days, with The Flower Kings the arguable top band there and with numerous other bands enjoying a high stature and status within progressive rock and progressive metal circles with Sweden as their home base. Mad Artwork is a fine addition to the list of Swedish progressive rock bands, even if not all that well known just yet.

Mad Artwork appears to have a foundation in the harder edged progressive rock of thew 1970's, frequently crossing over or incorporating elements of the classic hard rock from the same decade. With a few additional twists thrown into the mix, emphasizing their progressive rock credentials.

The organ is a central presence throughout, and a vintage sounding variety of the instrument at that with that rich, powerful 70's sound that is still a staple in rock, hard rock and even metal of all varieties. In this case paired off in gentler passages with delicate electric or acoustic guitar, with and without vocal support, and even more so in powerful passages with harder edged guitar riffs and organ combining into majestic, vibrant constellations.

A key feature for this band is to add in additional passages of a gentler nature, with acoustic guitar, bouzouki or banjo as the central instrument in more distinctly folk.-oriented passages, occasionally with flute or violin adding emphasis to the folk-oriented details in these passages. Another aspect of their music, albeit one not all that frequently used, is to head out into more vibrant, intense and metal-oriented landscapes as well. Their primary style is one well inside the harder edged parts of the progressive rock universe though, and a somewhat vintage oriented one at that.

While there are many fine bands exploring music of a comparable nature, what does set his band slightly apart is the presence of vocalist Persson. She has a powerful, strong and emotional laden voice, slightly raspy, and she is able to use it in a manner that fits just as natural in the gentler folk-oriented passages as it does when the band kicks off on a more metal-oriented vein. A skilled vocalist with a versatile voice, a singer presumably both highly talented and well trained in the use of her voice as an instrument, and if her current band doesn't manage to get a big break she is a singer with the talent and quality to be picked up by one of the bands that has music as their sole source of income. A vocalist that has the needed skill-set and talent to make a living as a musician, if she has the luck needed as well as the desire to do so.

If you have a tendency to enjoy the harder edged side of vintage progressive rock, as well as an affection for hard rock bands that has a liberal use of guitar and organ combinations as key aspects of their material, Mad Artwork is a band you should give a check. Especially if you feel intrigued by bands of this nature that incorporates elements from both folk music and metal into this context.

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