Iron Fist Magazine review

Death Breath vocalist/guitarist Robert Pehrsson teams up with his old bandmate Nicke Andersson, who plays drums on this sophomore album to create some hook-filled upbeat energetic classic hard rock. There’s a definite Thin Lizzy influence running through the backbone of this album with some very tasty guitar harmonies sprinkled throughout the tracks played with finesse. These are seasoned with the smooth and dulcet tones of Robert, who has really come into his own as a vocalist, sounding cool but commanding and never sounding forced. Then there’s Nicke’s drumming, which really spices things up as he rocks and rolls around the kit in his own unique style, with some nifty tom-work but never overplaying, keeping things driving along at a good foot-tapping pace with his signature percussive prowess.

The production is warm and organic and reeks of the old analog recording days but it is also punchy and powerful, each instrument cutting through the mix perfectly, making for a very sharp overall sound.

This is an album that takes it’s musical cues from the past but brings the old classic rock sound into the current musical era. It doesn’t sound like some desperate retro band who wish they’d just stepped out of a portal from the ’70s. Robert and his bandmates put a modern spin on an old sound and formula, much like what The Hellacopters have done throughout their career. But, whereas that band took their cues from ’60s garage rock greats this album pays tribute to the hard rock greats of the decade after, bands that used twin harmonies and injected a good dose of foot-stomping tempos, catchy choruses and memorable riffing. A Royally Rockin’ Record!

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Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker’s self-titled debut album was met with rave reviews. Now the Swede is back with the follow up “Long Way to the Light”. Expectations are sky high.
– I think the new album is stronger, he says.

Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker was released in 2013. It was a perfect example for a contemporary classic rock album, landing the Swedish guitarist an “album of the month” award in Germany’s leading independent metal magazine Rock Hard. No wonder that expectations for the follow-up album “Long Way to the Light” are high.

The record contains eight brand new compositions (plus a re-worked version of the single “The Hollow in a Rising Tone”). With songs such as “Send Her My Love” and “Traveling Through the Dark” Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker is back with an even slicker guitar playing and sharper song arrangements. And maybe even poppier?
– It might be. But it’s not really intentional. I like the songs short and to the point with a strong hook. I think people sometimes put me in the same category as more hard rocking bands, and we’re not really that type of band in the end. I want the freedom to do other styles as well. If I look at the old bands, I like that they were all very diverse, not playing on max all the time, he says.

Robert Pehrsson says the biggest difference between the first album and “Long Way to the Light” is that this time around the band has played live.
– This time I knew I wanted to be able to perform the songs live in their true form. I also co-worked with Joseph Tholl, Nicke Andersson and Andreas Axelsson on some tracks. So I think there is more of a band feeling to this one. And that was something I wanted from the beginning when I started working on this album.

“Long Way to the Light” was recorded mostly by Robert Pehrsson and Nicke Andersson (drums and bass), with help from Joseph Tholl,
– But several of the musicians from the previous album also appear on “Long Way to the Light”. So does members of the live line-up, Jakob Ljungberg and Jens Lagergren. It’s a mixture of really talented friends from other bands: Enforcer, Imperial State Electric, The Hellacopters, Tribulation, for example. Me and my friends tend to do a lot of stuff together Here are some other names: Robert Eriksson, Jonas Wikstrand, Johan Bäckman, Johannes Borgström. The list goes on!


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