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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christofer Hofgaard in Hippophone studios Upplands Väsby, written and produced by Mud & Blood, Co songwriters on Sound and rhythm and Wiseman Kjell Wallen & Per Öhman, Bass on Sound & Rhythm Jan Persson, Conny Lind Vocals, Christofer Hofgaard Guitars, Micheal Lundholm Bass & guitars, Tapio Kariranta Keyboards, Jari Katila Drums, Artwork by Conny Lind. Cover photo by Dani Godwin UK. Hippophone Sweden all rights reserved © 2013, EAN 7340065054376, mudandblood.se
Evil god 2019
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christofer Hofgaard in Hippophone studios Upplands Väsby, Written and produced by Mud & Blood, Conny Lind: High and low vocals, Christofer Hofgaard: Guitars, Michael Lundholm: Guitars, Lasse Johansson: Drums, Christer Andersson: Bass, Mathias Lundin: Keyboards, Artwork by Mats Attaque, Hippophone Sweden all rights reserved © 2019, mudandblood.se
The story behind Mud & Blood
Once upon a time, in the early 80´s Christofer Hofgaard and Tapio Kariranta started the band Vision with some friends. The music turned more and more towards progressive hard rock, and around 1985 the name was changed to Electric Savage. After numerous numbers of drummers Conny Lind grabbed the sticks in early 1988. At last the band felt complete and the name was now changed to Trezpass. The band had hard rock-symphonic influences and did some great gigs and recordings with good response. 1990 the band was history.
Shortly after that, Conny and Christofer formed a new band Hang ém High. The music was a mix of own material and covers which made it easier to get live gigs. 1992 the band was participating on a compilation CD called promo music 92 with the songs Sound 'n rhythm and So far so good. The mix of material was probably not such a good idea after all because the focus became blurry, and in the end of 1993 the band split up.
Now there was a time with confusion, and their musical spirits flew with the wind. Tapio recruited Michael Lundholm, guitarist from the band OZ. Christofer restarted his earlier band Trilogy with Ian Haugland from Europe and Conny joined the band State of Mind.
Some years later Christofer joined up with Michael, starting to write songs for fun, but hey felt that a real band would be fun again, and the band Maple Fat was formed. It was a cover band playing songs from the 70´s, 80´s and 90´s. When the singer Johnny Wedebrandt joined the band, the name was changed to Clone Machine still playing covers.
Christopher, Michael wanted to write own songs and around 2005 they decided to start a new band, Crawler Lane, with material only produced by themselves. A little bit later Per Öhman and Dick Björklund from Electric Savage joined us. In 2010 the band split up.
Christofer and Michael decided to start a new band with their old friend Tapio “The Wizard” Kariranta on keyboards. This time the course was set towards heavy music with good melodies. They desperately needed a drummer and a vocalist, so they called another old friend Conny Lind, and then they got a drummer and a great singer for the price of one.
Mud & Blood was born, and they immediately started to re-record Wiseman, a song from the Electric Savage period in 1986. It felt like the circle was closed, and it ended up with the album Hippophonic 2013 and a low budget video was created by the band at the same time.
Some new members joined the band. Lasse Johansson Drums since the seventies, mostly by the time in cover bands, but also a number of original bands. Inspirational sources, Ian Paice and Brian Downey. Christer Andersson Bass, from Eskilstuna, have played in several cover bands, Mathias Lundin Keyboard, who Conny met in their common Led Zeppelin cover band Mothership, educated at Musicians Institute Los Angeles and is also a musical teacher today. We´re now so proud to have completed the new album Evil god, only the Wiseman knows where it will take us…
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There is no doubt that these five gentlemen possess very musical skills. Just everything on this record is well-played, well-intentioned and well-produced. The song material is good, it flows out of nice choirs, beautiful harmonies, sing along friendly refrains and the swing factor is high.
Conny Lind sings well and has really good musicians behind him. Primarily, Jari Katila will be mentioned behind the drums. He makes a very stable effort and builds firmly the foundation, the strong rhythmic spine that permeates the plate. Even the bassist Michael Lundholm and Christofer Hofgaard on the guitar do a great job, as well as Tapio Kariranta on keyboard, the intro to the first track "I see right through ya" is next to brilliant.
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Mud & Blood from Upplands Väsby band debuts, but is far from beginners. The quintet has an average age of almost fifty and has been on music since the 80's. Experience has resulted in hard rock with good melodies.
The quintet Mud & Blood have all lived or live in Upplands Väsby and they can look back on the rock nostalgia. It's really amazing how it was; Yngwie Malmsteen, Europe and Candlemass, they all played at the same Väsby concert, says Jari Katila, drummer in Mud & Blood. Jari Katila played the same scene in the band Avalon, and Mud & Blood's guitarist Christofer Hofgaard then played in the band Trilogy. We lost against Europe in rock-SM contest and then they stole our drummer, says Christofer Hofgaard with a laugh. They all remember that Väsby was "The Place to Be" when hardrock dominated the world, and at the pubs were all friends where hard rockers. From Märsta you went on a train to go to Väsby just to be here. It was so incredibly concentrated here, remember Christofer Hofgaard
All band members in Mud & Blood have a solid music experience and have played in many bands, it can be heard on the Hippophonic debut album that there are no beginners. The average age of the band is 48 years, something that is also noticed in the artists' relaxed attitude to the music career. We have no ambitions to "make it" now, it's just fun to play music and see where it leads. It's probably a strength too, says singer Conny Lind. The band, like many other Väsby bands, have their rehearsal studio in a basement in the Runby School. They describe their music as hard rock with good melodies. The name Mud & Blood was found by Christofer Hofgaard, but Conny Lind was not completely satisfied at first. I did not like the warfare association you get with Mud & Blood. We are not really hard as that. But then I solved it by throwing a picture on a hippo on the album cover. It's also Mud & Blood, he says with a laugh.
The Hippophonic debut album, which is available on Spotify and is sold at the store Skivdraken in Väsby, contains nine songs, one of them stands out for Conny Lind. The song Viscious is about the Norwegian terrorist Ander Behring Breivik. I was so upset about what happened that the song came out of the blue. I think it's very powerful when you think about what it's about, says Conny Lind.
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Mud & Blood releases debut album. The album contains nine songs that the band describes as melodic hard rock. The band is from Upplands Väsby but a few members, Christofer Hofgaard and Tapio Kariranta, are formerly from Märsta. The album is already available at the record store Skivdraken in Upplands Väsby but is also available on Spotify
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Their debut album, ”Hippophonic”, was recently released. Within the lineup there are experienced musicians that once took part on several major acts back in the 80’s.
The album’s opener, “I See Right Through `Ya”, expresses for the listener what is about to be heard in the coming 40 minutes running time. A presentation of true Hard Rock drifts, smeared with keyboards, inspiring mystery, and a charmingly clear voice. The track itself is AOR based, yet the singing style is rather soaring, channeling the immense Bluesy vibe of WHITESNAKE and DEEP PURPLE. The rhythm section of Jari Katila and Michael Lundholm raised the bar for this track. ”Mother of Pearl” slides in as an energy bomb, toughened up riffery with keyboards that might signal of DREAM THEATER with rousing spiraling vocals. “Vicious” is a vigorous tune, melodically delivered, vocally harmonic with choir installation, Tapio Kariranta with his playing shows a similarity to JORN’s music. Furthermore, within the guitaring, I could also notice influences of ZAKK WYLDE, especially in the grooves. Actually, this entire track is a blending of 80’s & 90’s Hard Rock. “Wize Man” is a reworked track of the band ELECTRIC SAVAGE, back from 1986, the main root for the formation of MUD AND BLOOD, shows various elements of progression, and developed fretwork, a closer call between Hard Rock and early Metal. “Synesthesia”, a journey back to the present, is demonstrating heavy, melodic modern Metal, quite catchy. “Battlefield” surges as a fiercer example of WHITESNAKE entwined with BLACK SABBATH, yet with an mammoth barrage of keyboards that might resemble AYREON. Worth to listen are also: the sort of ballad “Campfire”, catchy “Sound & Rhythm” and “Midnight Sun” retaining the band’s AOR styling.
“Hippophonic” is just killer album. MUD AND BLOOD’s envision of Rock and Metal is profound, attributing the classic gods while trying to find their niche. There have been plenty of bands out there trying to do the same, but it is widely known to be a tough task to overcome, yet these guys are of the few that did. I believe that every listening session with “Hippophonic” will provide the listener with a different perspective of what this band tried to observe. This is a Swedish product that shouldn’t be denied, be sure to have a go at it.
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 27 January 2014