Degreed, We Don´t Belong, 2013

degreed - we don´t belongI don´t know what it is in them Scandinavian waters, but it most be one of the most creative regions on the planet with excellent bands in abundance. Degreed are another example of that, as their second album so aptly proves.

Opening with the instrumental Intro, some might be tempted to think we are going to get some techno ambient stuff thrown at us. But as the opening chords of next track Black Cat make absolutely clear, this is still a hard rocking melodic rock band. With a very good ear for melody and the ability to create songs that fit seamlessly in the genre, yet avoid sounding like something you have heard a million times before. What If is a barnstorming corker and I really dig the arrangement and singing. Inside Of Me has phenomenal playing and a more modern touch to it.

I could go on and on, but this is one you have to hear for yourself! I will keep it short, kudos for the five piece for another winner. Get it.

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Degreed, Life Love Loss, 2010

degreed - life love lossAnother MelodicRockRecords release and man, am I glad I got this one! Coming from out of nowhere for me, this bunch surely took me by surprise. Degreed are a five piece band consisting of Robin Ericsson on bass and vocals, Mats Ericsson on drums, Daniel Johansson and Jesper Adefelt on guitars and backing vocals and Mikael Jansson on keyboard.

To describe their music think this: progressive metal married with AOR and got some children who write damn fine catchy short tunes, but put some more technical stuff in, just because they can. And without it becoming a blur, no, they just intensify the performance!
I know, sounds kinda odd, but this was the feeling I got listening to this. Packed to the brim with energy, opener B.O.D. is a prime example of what I said before. Very melodic and rocking, yet arranged with a lot of solo keyboards that give that progressive idea. And still the song hits home hard.  Actually every song here is killer. Very fresh and impressive. and I don’t know who plays those guitar solos, but I want what they have been feeding that guy. Awesome playing throughout!
So I am not going to spend more words on this, essential buy. (one small remark, next time please no black letters on a dark background…)

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