Atlas Losing Grip
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Atlas Losing Grip
Atlas Losing Grip
Atlas Losing Grip in Würzburg, 2012.jpg
Atlas Losing Grip, from left to right: Rodrigo Alfaro, Max Huddén, Stefan Bratt, Julian Guedj and Gustav Burn.
Background information
Origin Lund, Sweden
Genres Punk rock, melodic hardcore
2005-2016
Labels Black Star Foundation
Website atlaslosinggrip.com
Members Niklas Olsson
Stefan Bratt
Gustav Burn
Max Huddén
Julian Guedj
Rodrigo Alfaro 2009-2014

Atlas Losing Grip was a punk rock band from Sweden, founded in 2005.

History

2005-2009 Founding and "Shut The World Out"

The band was founded in 2005 by Stefan Bratt (bass and vocals) and Gustav Burn (guitar). After some line-up changes and two demos in 2006 and 2007, the formation completed by Max Huddén (guitar) and Julian Guedj (drums) was steady, before they entered the studio to record their first full-length record "Shut The World Out" in October 2007, which was released in July, 2008. An excessive European tour followed in the next 18 months. When in 2009 the worldwide respected Swedish icon Rodrigo Alfaro, who had been in bands such as Satanic Surfers or Venerea,[1] joined the band, Atlas Losing Grip became a five-piece.

2009-2013 "Watching The Horizon" and "State Of Unrest"

In 2009 the band stopped its concert-activities for that year with a tour in Greece,[2] before they wrote and recorded the 5-Song-EP, which was released in the same year on Black Star Foundation Records. In early 2010 they started a headliner tour, which led through countries such as Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands before in Summer, they played a few well-chosen festivals and a short Scandinavian tour with Bad Religion. In May the second album "State Of Unrest" was released, which was recorded by guitarist Gustav Burn and mastered at the legendary Blasting Room by Jason Livermore. The record earned perfect scores in press all over the world, so it was an easy thing to start their by then most extensive and two-year lasting tour, that sent them for the first time also to other continents than Europe, such as South America. Tours with bands like Millencolin, NOFX, ZSK, No Fun At All, or Billy Talent were completed at that time, as well as the recording of a 7" single that includes acoustic songs, only.

2013-2015

In February 2013, the band entered a studio[3] in Sweden to begin recording their 3rd album, but a few times they left to play festivals. A video-blog was released to summarize the work in the studio with interviews of the band members.[4] On October 8, 2014, the band announced the release of their 3rd album, "Currents", four years after "State Of Unrest" in North America, Europe and Australia on January 16, 2015.[5] On November 25, 2014 Atlas Losing Grip announced they had parted ways with Rodrigo and replaced him with Niklas Olsson. However, Rodrigo's vocals were still used on "Currents".[6] A few of the tracks were later re-released with Niklas's vocals, including the band's official music videos.[7]

2015-Present "Currents"

"Currents" was released on January 16, 2015.

2016 Disbanding

After 11 years of making music, the band announced that they were disbanding.[8]

Musical and lyrical reception

The band combines the lightness of Melodic Punk with the heaviness and the technical playfulness of Heavy metal and Speed metal. Each musician takes his personal role in this. Julian Guedj includes a lot of chosen Heavy Metal elements into his drumming and uses, uncommon for a Punk-drummer, four tom-toms. Stefan Bratt uses the whole scale of his bass guitar's neck and plays a lot of challenging and high bass runs, while Gustav Burn and Max Huddén constantly bring in technical double lead guitar harmony sounds (similar to Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard), both, in solo and rhythm parts. The vocals of Rodrigo Alfaro are strong but clean, most of the time. He sings Tenor and the majority of his lyrics deal with personal experiences, some of them are encoded.

Discography

  • 2006 Demo
  • 2007 Promo
  • 2008 Shut the World Out
  • 2009 Watching the Horizon
  • 2011 State of Unrest
  • 2015 Currents

References


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