Corroded who hail from Ånge, Sweden, a country that has given us band such as Opeth, Meshuggah, and Amon Amarth, recently released their newest LP, Def-Con Zero. The four members of the band are Jens Westin (vocals, guitar),Tomas Andersson (guitar and backing vocals), Bjarne Elvsgård (bass), and Per Soläng (drums) who draw their inspiration from what they grew up listening to.
A whole bunch of bands and musicians, we all are around our 40s (more or less), grew up with NWOBHM, Punk, old school hardrock/Heavy Metal…grunge etc, one red line thru CORRODED I must say is Black Sabbath. You never stop being inspired though, if you do…well, then you’re dead I guess!”
Corroded rose to power when their single “Time and Again” was used on the Swedish version of Survivor and maintained their standing as a rock powerhouse in 2010 when they were awarded Breakthrough of the Year at the Bandit Rock Awards. They didn’t stop there, writing “Age of Rage” for EA Games’ Battlefield Play4Free. Their newest LP, Def-Con Zero, is an unabashed, hard-hitting metal LP, continuing their self-described sound of “heavy, aggressive rock.” It takes off where State of Disgrace (2012) left off, yet is still able to stand apart.
When asked about the five-year hiatus, their drummer was quick to answer:
We’ve toured A LOT, mainly in Sweden but we had a few trips down through Europe as well. Seven weeks in 11 different countries with Airbourne, and not to forget, we did one show at The Webster Hall in NYC in the summer of 2013. Def-Con Zero was finished three years ago. There has been a lot of negotiations about different offers from different labels until we, finally, could look forward to the release of Def-Con Zero with Despotz Records.
I first heard of Corroded from Swedish friends who introduced me to their drummer, so when the opportunity arose to give Def-Con Zero a listen I snapped it up. Uh-oh. What have I done? How do I do this objectively without pissing off half of Sweden or at least the half I call friends? What if I absolutely hate it? What if I can’t sit through it? No worries. It barged its way into my playlist without apologies or regrets.
Straight out of the gate, there are surprises in store. No sooner are you lulled into a relaxed state with an acoustic intro of “Carry Me My Bones” do you get woken up by hard-hitting drums, guitars, and bass. Westin’s ability to carry rough vocals through to clean vocals and back again shapes the tone of the EP early on. Andersson and Elvsgård back him up, matching his vocal ability chord for chord.
Did I say there were surprises? “Vessels of Hate” revs the engine heavy and explodes off the starting line, loud and hard, only to come to a dead stop mid-way through and take off again with grinding gears, perfectly showcasing their ability to take their music from one range to another. This carries through the album until you arrive at “A Note To Me,” a track that makes you want to raise your lighter and sway back and forth, a song of regret and hope of forgiveness.
Is your neck tired? Headache from repeatedly slamming your brain into your skull? Well, suck it up Buttercup, because they aren’t done. “Burn it to the Ground” gets you back into the head-banging frame of mind and there you will stay until the final notes of “Rust and Nail.” You have reached the end of the journey. Now what? Simple. Put it on repeat until your head is so full of the riffs and lyrics that you have forgotten how to add two plus two.
It’s not hard to see or hear why Corroded has obtained a loyal following. The collaboration of the band to make music that works is apparent from beginning to end.
We are collaborating, working out something together from a riff or idea….we are a team, and as a team we work!
After a five-year wait, the band has produced an album that measures up to their fan’s expectations and it won’t belong before their plans are realized. (MUAH HA HA)
We are heading for World Domination!! LOL. Seriously, we would really LOVE to tour the States, we can’t wait to meet our friends and fans over there…so, we are coming over the pond asap!!!
You can follow Corroded on Facebook: @corrodedsweden, their website: http://www.corroded.se/ or on Instagram: corroded_sweden and if you are lucky enough to be in Europe you can catch them live:
May 25 – Stocksund, Sweden @ Berätter sen
July 15 – kristianstand, Sweden @ Kristianstad Rockfest
August 4 – Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsörjet
August 17 – Falun, Sweden @ Sabaton Open Air Festival