The "New Band To Burn One To" today is Switch Opens.
photo by mattiasfornell.com
"SWITCH OPENS from Stockholm, Sweden started out in 2000 as Fingerspitzengefühl. They made two albums for Kooljunk Communications, “Fingerspitzengefühl” in 2004 and “Happy Doomsday” in 2006, and decided to continue as SWITCH OPENS in 2008. The three albums have all been highly acclaimed in Swedish and European rock press, such as Close-Up Magazine, Sweden Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer, Rock Hard and numerous webzines. “Happy Doomsday” was nominated as best metal/punk in the Swedish independent music awards (Manifest) in 2006. The band has done extensive gigging on their own, but also supported bands such as NEUROSIS, SCARS ON BROADWAY and ENTOMBED. The band has earned a reputation as an adrenalized live act, crushing everything in their way. Switch Opens signed to GMR Music Group in October 2008 and the self-titled record was released in Scandinavia in September 2009 and in the rest of Europe in the end of October. In January 2010, the album won P3 Guld, the Swedish national radio music awards, in the Rock/Metal category."
Apparently taking their name from a Soundgarden song title, Stockholm's Switch Opens brilliantly innertwines heavy rock, doom riffs, progressive rhythms and psychedelia to create a simply amazing collection of hard driving rock songs. Vocalist/Bassist Jesper Skarin adds to the mix with a very unique voice which at times is very clean and at other times very raspy. I'm still trying to pinpoint who he sounds like. The band's strong point is their ability to take all the above traits and make it a very cohesive performance. This is some pretty killer stuff.
What others are saying:
by Phil Sim
"I’ll get it out of the way right from the start - Switch Opens are a Swedish metal band. Yeah, I know, you’re probably scuttling for cover toward the stereotype of all those identical ‘Gothenburg scene’ melodic death metal bands…but fear not. To start with, Switch Opens are from Stockholm, some 300 miles away from Gothenburg. And when it comes to metal, their sound too is a comparable distance away." (Read more...)