Pressure - Fem I Tre - Reviewed By Metal Crypt ! Check it out here at this link: http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=13076
Path of a Shadow from Sweden's Pressure is one of the weirder albums I've reviewed in my time here at The Metal Crypt. For starters, there is no page for them at Metal Archives but that's OK, the band has a presence online, so they aren't hermits. However, even on their website, I can't find a reference to Path of a Shadow so I'm not sure it's even a real album or some kind of compilation. Still, not the end of the world. Musically, this was sent to me under the genre of "heavy metal" and for fans of Manowar, Metallica and Accept but I'll be damned if I know of any albums by those bands that sounds like the music on Path of a Shadow beyond being hard rock/heavy metal. Let's dig in.
Who starts their album (again, if this is an album and not some label construct) with an 11+ minute spoken-word track? Pressure, that's who. Seriously, 11+ minutes of rambling exposition with some random guitar riffs and drums in the background. If you make it through the first "song", you will find that Pressure play music that ranges from a Sabaton-like power metal, with husky shouts and big guitars, to '80s hair metal à la Skid Row, including several ballads that brought visions of Headbangers Ball and having to sit through Slaughter and Extreme videos just to get to "One" from Metallica. The lyrics are a mix of Swedish and English (and maybe more) and the singer has a decent voice, but even in English I have no idea what he's singing about. On the band's website, they speak of the focus being on telling stories from multiple sides, but I can't follow even when reading the lyrics along with the songs, so they are clearly deeper and/or more esoteric than I. And if you thought the opening track was tough to sit through, the entire album runs a whopping 69 minutes and 31 seconds. The songwriting sounds like it is trying to be innovative, but to my ears, it is generic and tiresome.
Pressure is clearly aiming at the metal crowd (just look at their logo font) but Path of a Shadow comes across as unfocused and unsure of what it wants to be. Maybe some fans out there will find Pressure's scattershot and unconventional approach to their liking, but I have a hard time imagining it being very many. - Metal Crypt
Release Date: 2nd July 2021
Written and composed by Simon Forsell, Olof Jönsson, Emil Salling
“Fem I Tre" (2:55am)
As always the new single pertains to the pressures of life and for the past year and half we have all felt a lot of pressures. Most people are ready to go out to a bar or event and have some drinks, some laughs, hang out with friends now that the world is slowly coming back to life.
But when the drinks go down, sometime your wisdom flows out. And perhaps you want more out of the evening? The song " Fem i Tre " is a satirical, a song about the guys (and gals) who are desperately looking for someone to take home from the bar for the night. You have all heard the bad pick up lines, and we all know the type that drinks a bit too much and flirts with everything that moves. " Fem i Tre" is their anthem!
In English, the Swedish title " Fem i Tre " means the time 2:55am. Many Swedish bars close as 3:00am so the song is just about how desperate certain people get when the bars closes. Please come home with me and be my " Fem I Tre "!
Watch the video below!
Who is Pressure, I hear you ask? Well, if you had to tag them with a genre the one that fits best is a ‘melodic rock’ but they are so much more than that. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden and with vocalist Olof Jönsson you can always guarantee soaring, athletic and committed vocals. Together with a twin guitar sound coming from songwriter and lead guitarist Simon “Siirpo” Forsell and Emil Salling . Their work often focuses and embraces the pressures felt from everyday existence. Their lyrics ably demonstrating that there are two sides to every story - the good and the bad. Every song has a double meaning and they truly see music as a tool to handle the different pressures thrown at us from the modern world.
The band began their journey together in 2018, and since then they’ve worked tirelessly developing their sound and live performance, their aim? To make memories with their fans and to an epic musical soundtrack. Now just recently as in past month there has a member change in the axemen line up.
The new axeman and new member of Pressure is Patrik Buhr.
A quote that can summarize their lyrics is: “How can you tell a story about life if you haven’t dared to live life to its fullest!
Pressure is all about every story, every moment, every Pressure!
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