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Swedish Sunday – Burning Saviours

Yes, folks, it is Sunday, and you know what that means. It’s time to showcase more great music from the Scandanavian musical hotbed otherwise known as Sweden. In a bit of a break from our current streak of retro-rock bands, today’s Swedish Sunday is about Swedish “classic” doom metal band, Burning Saviours, from Örebro.

Burning Saviours came together in 2003 when Mikael Marjanen (guitar) and Martin Wijkström (drums) discussed starting a heavy rock/doom metal band. They named the band after a Pentagram song from the album Day of Reckoning. They teamed up with bassist Fredrik Evertsson and vocalist Andrei Amartinesei to record their first demo entitled Dayterrors in 2004. Amartinesei picked up guitar in addition to vocals for their second demo, The Crusade of Evil, also recorded in 2004. The band soon discarded their previous songs and recorded a new demo, Into the Abyss in late 2004. This demo generated enough buzz to get the band added to the annual German “Doom Shall Rise III” festival in 2005 as well as a record contract with I Hate Records. Their self-titled debut was released in May 2005. Hundus, their second album, was released in June 2006 on I Hate Records. A single was released on Rise Above Records in December 2006. In late 2006, vocalist/guitarist Andrei Amartinesei parted ways with the band and was replaced by Fredrik Andersson on vocals and Henry Pyykkö on guitar. In October 2007, their third album, Nymphs and Weavers, was released by Transubstans Records. By February 2008, the band decided they could no longer continue the band, citing they could not even give 30% of their energy to the band.

In 2010, it was announced that the band has reformed with a new line-up and ready to play some reunion shows, but they state that a new album will be a bit of a wait.

Mikael Monks – vocals & rhythm guitar
Fredrik Andersson – lead guitar
Fredrik Evertsson – bass
Martin Wijkström – drums

Dayterrors [Demo] (2004)
Self-released 

  1. Dayterrors
  2. I’m Dead
  3. Mountains of Madness
  4. This Is Not a Nightmare
 

The Crusade of Evil [Demo] (2004)
Self-released 

  1. Night of the Witch
  2. The Crusade of Evil
  3. The Undertaker
  4. Factory of the Damned
 

Into the Abyss [Demo] (2004)
Self-released 

  1. The Man I Used to Be
  2. Into the Abyss
  3. My Heaven Inside
  4. Open Mind
 

Burning Saviours (2005)
I Hate Records 

  1. Silent Prayer
  2. Pytho
  3. Thoughtless Fools
  4. Shadow
  5. Seeing Is Believing
  6. Spread Your Wings
  7. Trees and Stones
  8. What’s the Point

 

[T]here’s a ton of charm to Burning Saviors’ doomy rock…They’re one of those bands you can’t help liking. The songs are just plain good. [D]on’t come to Burning Saviors looking for innovation or originality. But if you want some modern day classic doom, one with dedication to tradition, you can’t go wrong with this four piece. – John Pegoraro (stonerrock.com)

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The Giant/The Clown [7″] (2005)
Rise Above Records 

  1. The Giant
  2. The Clown
 

Hundus (2006)
I Hate Records 

  1. Out of Sight
  2. Dark Lady
  3. The Servant
  4. Lilly Marion
  5. Ballad of Time
  6. Heathen Rites
  7. Let’s Dance
  8. The Man I Used to Be
  9. Hundus

 

Indeed, this record flaunts a degree of ambition and imagination that effortlessly distinguishes it from its predecessor, the band’s penchant for progressive angularity edging out, for the most part, their emphasis on soporific textures. This is transcendental music that will likely outlive most anything that will come out in 2006. – Nin Chan

Nymphs & Weavers (2007)
Transubstans Records 

  1. Look After the Phyre
  2. Pondhillow’s Finest
  3. The Spellweaver
  4. Woodnymph
  5. Dreaming of Pastries
  6. Signs
  7. Trinity
  8. Hillside Mansion
  9. Exposed to the Heat of Solace

 

[T]he thick and meaty riffs of Henry Pyyjkkö (who also delivers some tasty solos) and Mikael Marjanen that really make this album, giving these songs a heavy and doomy vibe at times that pushes all the right buttons. – Pete Pardo

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