Stockholm, Nykoping Vastervik, Sweden Marcus:
Time marches on, but the sound originated by four blokes from Stoke-upon-Blighty continues to inspire legions of pissed-off punks eager to get high on noise and distortion. Hell, it might even turn into fashion... Yes, I can see her now, an anorectic coke-head ambling down the catwalk in a torn and frayed Discharge-shirt. OK, perhaps not. Instead, let's have a look at Sweden, famous for its Dis-scene. But the Swedish sound is faster, rawer, harder and decidedly heavier than the original version. The Swedes are no replicas, they hold their own.
Disfear got started in 1989 as Anti-Bofors and became a household name when the Tomas Skogsberg-produced "Brutal Sight Of War" recieved rave reviews. Since then, Disfear has released three albums and toured, if not the world at least great parts of Europe, appearing at countless hedonistic rock festivals where drunk people wear funny hats. In 2006 Disfear conquered new territory, when a long awaited tour of USA and Canada finally came about. Their most recent album "Live The Storm" (Relapse Records) was also recorded over there with Kurt Ballou (Converge) handling the oh so important knob twiddling. And a great sound it is, dense, dark, yet multi-dimensional...
During all these years of hardcore-soldiering the backbone of Disfear has remained Henrik Frykman (bass) and Bjorn Pettersson. The current line-up also includes drummer Marcus Andersson (breastfed on d-beat), vocalist extraordinaire Tomas Lindberg and guitarist Uffe Cederlund. The latter two needs no extra introduction, because what person in his right mind has never heard of At The Gates and Entombed? Needless to say, this is the best version of Disfear ever and a spectacular event live...
To celebrate their long standing friendship, Disfear and Doomriders paired up to release a split 7"EP, a joint effort between Disfear's own self ran label, Disfear Records (European territories) and Doomriders' label home, Deathwish (All other territories).
With Doomriders portion of the split, we received a glimpse into their progression since "Black Thunder" in "Crooked Path". Easily one of their best songs to date, "Crooked Path" pounded forth with grit, melody, and emotion.
On the other side, Disfear unleashed the hook laden "Fear And Trembling". This was their first effort since their classic "Live The Storm" album was released by Relapse Records. "Fear And Trembling" is a stellar song that expands the boundaries of the D-Beat world that Disfear dominate to this day.
Please note, if you would like to order the Disfear Records' European version of this release, please visit: http://www.records.disfear.com/
Henrik Frykman of Disfear passed away in 2011 after a long fight with cancer.