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Swedish Sunday – Greenleaf

fAnyone like supergroups? Our next featured band for Swedish Sunday is a supergroup of sorts, Greenleaf.

Bio from the band’s Myspace page:

In theory, forming a rock group seems like a no brain’er. Get a group of musicians who have a shared love of certain bands and who can get along with each other for at least an hour. Hell, sometimes they don’t even have to be musicians (especially if you’re looking at the Top 40 charts). But in reality, it’s a lot tougher, as the essential ingredient? What makes the group truly unique and memorable – is something that can’t be defined, learned, or bought. Call it talent, magic, or whatever you want, but Greenleaf’s got it. A super group of the stoner rock scene, the band was formed sometime in late 1999/early 2000 by guitarist Tommi Holappa (Dozer), drummer Daniel Liden (Demon Cleaner and the drummer on DOZER’s “Through the Eyes of Heathens,” and currently in AND The Machine Said Behold!), and engineer/ bassist Bengt Bäcke. Featuring a revolving cast of fellow musicians who share a love of heavy fuzz rock, including Fredrik Nordin (Dozer), Daniel Jansson (Stonewall Noise Orchestra), and Peder Bergstrand (Lowrider), Greenleaf has consistently defined what rock ‘n’ roll was, is, and should be. You put 2001’s “Revolution Rock” and 2003’s “Secret Alphabets” on and you’re going to have a hard time taking them off. The band cooks, because they’ve got that special ingredient. It’s time to rejoice, because Greenleaf is back with “Agents of Ahriman.” Like their past releases, “Agents” is a righteous kick in the ass and a testament to the almighty riff. This time, Tommi and Bengt are joined by Oskar Cedermalm (Truckfighters) on vocals, Erik Bäckwall (Ex Dozer drummer) on drums, Jocke Åhslund (Payback) on Hammond organ, and a handful of guest appearances. This new lineup keeps Greenleaf moving forward without losing track of what made them great in the first place. Take note – this is what rock bands should sound like. Make way for the “Agents of Ahriman.”


Tommi Holappa – guitar
Bengt Bäcke – bass
Erik Bäckwell (ex-Dozer) – drums
Oskar Cedermalm (Truckfighters) – vocals

former members

Daniel Lidén – drums
Bengt Bäcke – bass
Peder Bergstrand (Lowrider) – vocals
Fredrik Nordin (Dozer) – vocals
Daniel Jansson (Demon Cleaner) – guitars

Greenleaf (2000)
Molten Universe 

  1. Get Your Love Out of Here
  2. Sold My Lady (Out The Back Of An Oldsmobile)
  3. Kvinna Du Ger Mig Ingen Karlek
  4. Smell The Green
  5. Land Of Lincoln
  6. Status: Hallucinogenic

There´s more to this release than the ”typical” stoner rock sound, shure sometimes you recognize bits and pieces from the bands these dudes play in normaly… but, there´s more of an 70´s presence on this release, and it sounds like the guys have kicked back and had a real good time in the studio… this release isn´t as structured as stoner rock tends to get sometimes… and in my book that´s a positive thing… it would get pretty boring if all the stuff just sounded the same, wouldn´t it? (stonerrock.com)

Buy: Out of Print

Revolution Rock (2001)
Molten Universe 

  1. Vat 69
  2. Devil Woman
  3. Status: Hallucinogenic, Phase II
  4. You Got Me High
  5. Red Tab
  6. The Shipbuilder
  7. Electric Ryder
  8. Hexagram
  9. Monostereowhatever

The mix of songs on this CD is what makes it so great. It’s all total rock and roll for certain with minimal weird changes and tempos. Some of the songs sound like something off of an early Monster Magnet record. Early 70’s Pink Floyd s t y l es are heard here and there, but for the most part each song has it’s own bag. That is the album definitely isn’t the same song 10 times in a row. Some of the songs remind me lightly of Desert Sessions stuff, but for the most part it reminds me of driving rock reminiscent of Nebula, Fu, Dozer, Lowrider…along those lines. Lots of single note riffs where the bass and guitars follow each other. (stonerrock.com)

Secret Alphabets (2003)
Small Stone

  1. 3679
  2. 10,000 Years Of Revolution
  3. Witchcraft Tonight
  4. Never Right
  5. The Combination
  6. The Spectre
  7. One More Year
  8. Black Black Magic
  9. Masterplan
  10. No Time Like Right Now!

The album seems to come in two sections, with the more straightforward rockers up front, separated from the rest of the album by the killer spacey, groovy, middle-eastern-tinged ‘The Combination.’ After that things get weird(er), culminating in the BTO-ish ‘No Time Like Right Now!” You’re moving down the highway now, and there’s definitely an illegal grin on your face. (stonerrock.com)

Agents of Ahriman (2007)
Small Stone

  1. Highway Officer
  2. Treehorn
  3. Alishan Mountain
  4. Black Tar
  5. The Lake
  6. Agents of Ahriman
  7. Ride Antoher Highway
  8. Sleep Paralysis
  9. Stray Bullit Woman

Handling vocals is primarily Truckfighters’ Oskar Cedermalm, whose plaintive voice creates a sense of urgency to excellent songs like “Highway Officer,” “Treehorn,” the title track, and “Stray Bullet Woman.” Elsewhere, Lowrider’s Peder Bergstrand adds some grit to “Black Tar” and The Awesome Machine/Mother Misery’s John Hermansen delivers a sonic ass kicking on “Ride Another Highway.” (stonerrock.com)

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