Fighting Angels And Demons
In 1972, a new band was formed in Gothenburg and they were called SHAGGY.
They played rock music with influences from bands such as Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull and others.
In 1975 they had the honor of supporting Sweet at Scandinavium and they had a minor breakthrough that same year when they released their first LP "Lessons for beginners".
Now In 2019, the band is back with a brand new album "Fighting Angels and Demons"!
Ulrich Carlsson - vocals | Tom Ryan - keyboards | Fidde Rognås - guitars | Hannes Rognås - guitars | Robert Ottoson - bass | Stefan Husar - drums
For Fans Of
Vintage and Melodic Rock & Metal
Hatchet, Sabbath, Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull , Savatage, Heaven And Hell
"Angels And Demons" Review
The Opening track “Black Hearted Angel” kicks off with a Uriah Heep/Rainbow/Deep Purple style assault with massive power and conviction. The tracks solo section which really makes it stand out shows off the progressive side of the band. “Boundless Love” brings back Deep Purple’s vintage melodies with a touch of Black Sabbath and Rainbow! The heavy mix, followed by killer vocals by Ulrich Carlsson (ex-M.ill.ion) really shine on the track being on of my favorites. “No Soldier Of God” continues in the heavy vein, with a touch of progressive rock melody. “A Thousand Miles” brings back sounds from Shaggy's last album with a tuned down rocky flow and great band vocals.“Dark Symphony” carry's a dark and heavy overtone of old school Sabbath and stands out as my favorite track on the album.“Runner In The Dark” brings out the vintage Uriah Heep sound, like a mix of 70's era Heep and the latter day albums. The album finishes with “Self Destruction” kicking off with a mean and brutal guitar riff, distorted Hammond organ and a kick-ass drive! One of the best tracks on an album for sure!
In closing "Angels And Demons" while only 7 tracks deep, the album is full of fat, heavy doom and stoner vintage style metal. Not a bad track one, the album has a great flow from opening to Finnish. I would recommend this album to any classic, vintage, stoner and doom metal fan looking for something "old" yet new.It's great to hear bands holding on to the sounds of our youth in the 70's and 80's genre's and make new musical adventures in today's market!
Rating 10/10 - for vintage sound | original and compelling material | overall quality of album
In 1972, a new band was formed in Gothenburg, and took the name SHAGGY.
Band members were:
Thomas Engström (vocal), Fidde Rognås (guitar), Jan Gustavsson (bass), Tom Ryan (Keyboard) and Kurt Kästner (Drums).
Everyone had played in different rock/pop bands in Gothenburg, England and Austria.
They played rock music with influences from bands such as Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull and others. but very soon they began to compose their own music.
SHAGGY played at all the youth clubs and rock clubs that existed throughout Sweden and got a breakthrough in 1975 when they released their first LP "Lessions For Beginners" and got to play
as a support band for Sweet at Scandinavium in Gothenburg.
The band split up in 1977 when Tom Ryan left the group and moved back to England. Fidde, Janne and Mackan played together for a while, before Fidde joined the rock group Rhapsody from Vara.
In 2006, Thomas contacted Fidde, and together they searched for their former friends Tom and Janne, to do a new recording of Shaggy's "old" songs from 1976-77. The recording began in 2007 and lasted for a few years but the project was never finished as Thomas suddenly left the project. They needed a new singer and they found Ulrich Carlsson, former singer in M.ILL.ION.
Just before the record was completed, Janne died from lung disease. After a while the band decided to finish the album, named "Destinstion Nowhere", which was completed and released in 2015.
Now In 2019, the band is back with a brand new album "Fighting Angels and Demons", with a fresh line-up that comprises additional members Stefan Husar (drums), Hannes Rognås (guitar) and Robert Ottoson (bass).
The band has also posted on the official band website that 3 additional albums will be re-issued or released this year including the debut "Lessons For Beginnners" 1975 release.
Part 2, ‘Scarecrow’ is scheduled for release in October 2019.
Published By The Manamal | April 28TH 2019