A- 5 bands I love

Since I don’t have anything better to write about, I’ll start one of these things again. It hits me I still have the Gravity Falls one going, but it’s been quite a lot Gravity Falls lately and I think this one will be fun. So basically, it’s A-Z and it’s about music. Alright? So lets go!

First is A, 5 bands I love.

This one could be easy. Lordi. Sabaton. Steel Panther. SlipKnot. Lady Gaga. (HammerFall, Amaranthe, H.E.A.T)

But you know what? I’m not going to make it that easy. Instead of repeating the same shit about the bands you all already know I love, I’ll focus a bit more on the bands that you may NOT know I love.

1. Alestorm

Well well well. Where do I begin? First of all, something you all should know about me: I have a very weak spot for pirates. And when I say this I don’t mean “oh I love Pirates of the Caribbean!” but I REALLY like pirates. The legacy, the clothing, the music, EVERYTHING about pirates. They are my favorite kind of… I don’t even know how to put this, but you know about vikings and all? Pirates are preferred. I loved Pirates of the Sea when they were in the Eurovisions, so having a METALBAND making a cover of “Wolves of the Seas” is quite a big thing.

And that’s my first memory ever of Alestorm and how I discovered them. Entering Nöjesfabriken and being greeted with nothing else than “Wolves of the Seas”. I had to sit for a while and comprehend what I was actually hearing. No? It can’t be? Of course it was. Looked it up, pirates bands. PIRATES. Enough to get me sold.

I finally got to see my first proper Alestorm show last summer on Skogsröjet, and I enjoyed it TREMENDOUSLY. I’m just waiting to get home my costume, and then I’ll ravage the gigs like no one else. We had planned to do it already for Röjet, but damn money you know. But yes. Conceptbands, you know I’m weak for conceptbands.


2. Butcher Babies

Depending on who you are reading this, you may or may not know about my obsession for Butcher Babies, but as far as this blog goes, not so much. This is a band I discovered while watching Knotfest’s live stream and I was pretty much blown away. I don’t normally listen to this kind of music, but seriously, it was something about it that just had me hooked, and once I got their album I was MORE than hooked. Fucking epic.

They are pretty much the reason I’m going to Graspop all in all, and I CAN NOT WAIT to see them live.

3. Cinderella

Cinderella is no surprise to anyone music-wise, however, this band holds a lot higher spot amongst my favorite bands than most people would know. When I list my like, top ten bands, I usually base the list on first how much I like the bands, but also on what kind of an inpact the band has had on me, for instance why Wig Wam is always on the list despite me not listening to them for so many years.

Cinderella, on the other hand, is one of those bands who are never on the list, yet one of the bands I like the most “outside the ten”. Still to this day, there has been no better moment than Sweden Rock 2010 – sunset going down and it’s a little bit of rain so there’s a rainbow there too, Cinderella is playing Festival Stage and in the midst of this wonder they are doing “Nobody’s Fool”. I had some gorgeous photos of Tom Keifer in the sunset on my camera, but as you guys know, it was stolen on the LAST DAY of the festival. Just my luck isn’t it? And that’s what pisses me off the most, the pictures from that one show.

“Don’t Know What You Got (Til it’s Gone)” is still to this date one of my absolute favorite songs ever, even though I must admit “The More Things Change” are still my number one Cinderella song.


4. Taylor Swift

BUUUHUUU, not a band fair enough but she needs to be mentioned. This one, on the other hand, can come as a complete shock to most of you. Taylor Swift?? But you literally just wrote about Butcher Babies??? What the? Yes people, no need to make some drama over it. She falls in together with Katy Perry, Olly Murs, Lady Gaga, Anki Bagger and all those other amazing non-metal musicians I listen to.

I must say myself, I was in the beginning pretty surprised myself that I fell for her music, but this proves again how much you may miss out on when you’re too busy conning yourself into a corner and saying “nothing else than this”. The song that got me into her was “We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and considering the songtitle I have a certain feeling I know exactly why she stepped into my life. Regardless of reason, I love her tremendously. My terrormaggottwin, commonly known as my platypus, got mer her album “Red” for my birthday and seriously, THANK YOU MICHELLE. All her songs speaks to me, in one way or another. Maybe I’m becoming more and more of a weak cry baby as I write this, but seriously. Taylor and Olly, you speak to me the way no other fucking band has ever done (Perhaps The Ark, but that’s it)

Now I’m just pissed that Graspop is going on Sunday. Who the fuck has festivals on Sundays? Belgium apparently. Taylor has a gig in the Netherlands on Sunday you see..

5. The Ark

This isn’t maybe a too big of a surprise, but I was battling with this one vs Dschinghis Khan, but I decided The Ark needed to get some space. I think I wrote about DK pretty recently, and seriously, The Ark…

The Ark is basically the band that saved my life, nicely put.

The Ark… Where do I even begin. It’s a band I discovered, just as with HammerFall, back in 2005 through Grynets Show but became more active as a fan around 2007. This a band that basically made a career out of giving people better self-esteem, and I know PLENTY of people who have grown from insecure teens to AMAZING strong and wonderful adults, much thanks to this band. So many people, me included, has thanks to this band seen another tomorrow, have been able to pull through the harassment’s, pull through the dark thoughts, get through the other day. I don’t even know how to even put out more about this band without soaking my computer in the tears that are being shed when I think about it, about how I basically owe my life to them. Most bands write angry music you can let go of some energy from, but The Ark took it one step longer and made sure to FIX the problem as well.

“It’s worth being called an idiot if that’s the price for going your own way”.

Still to this day, I put on “It Takes A Fool” whenever I’m feeling low, and my mantra will always and forever be “I’m dangerous, cause I’m ridiculous” and that “if you think I’m corny, then it will not make me sorry it’s your right to laugh at me”. This is a band that has shaped me so much into accepting who I am, that I’ll never be like the others (who become unhappy mother and fathers of unhappy kids, and why is that? Because they’ve forgotten how to play) and that it’s okay.  It took this band to make me realize that, and I’m thankful. I’m always gonna be a dork. And a nerd. And a child at heart. And it’s okay. Because it takes a fool to remain sane.

The band disbanded in September 2011 after their very last gig at Gröna Lund. Too many emotions for one show.


This is forever going to be my favorite pic. On their very last gig, that’s when I finally managed to get a picture of Sylle jumping.

Well, that’s that. Haha, this became a LOT more emotional than I originally planned it to be, but I guess there’s where you end up when you write about music and music is your life.

// Sara


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