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Remain The Same - 2007 The Artefact



ARTIST: Remain The Same
ALBUM: The Artefact
LABEL: Angora Records
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2007
SPONSOR: Kenneth Avergren

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Daniel Nilson - vocals, guitars * Kenneth Avergren - bass * Simon Rollnick - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cold Cruel Town * 02 The Beauty Inside You * 03 I Control It * 04 Out Of Tears * 05 Strange Behaviour * 06 Maybe * 07 Deadline * 08 In Another Time * 09 Under The Surface * 10 Blindfold * 11 The Artefact

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WEBLINKS: www.remainthesame.nu


Background
Back in 2002 we reviewed an album by this Stockholm based band called Remain The Same. The album was called 'Moonshine Cafe' and compared favorably to other bands playing with a distinct prog flavour. Formed in 1994, the band are still intact and present their latest and fifth offering 'The Artefact', and the band have now moved into hard rock territory. For a three-piece they have a fairly full-sound with Rush touches interlaced throughout, though they do like to mix it up. Vocalist Daniel Nilson tends to drift in a Geddy Lee like fashion, which is why the Rush comparison aired its head. Despite giving the appearance as straight-ahead rockers, Remain The Same manage to construct some complex and lush backdrops amid the traditional hard rock on offer here, the overall feel is that of a three-piece playing in the style classic hard rock. Though their origins may not have been as hard-hitting as 'The Artefact', the trio clearly prove they can rock out with the best of them.


The Songs
RTS make their intentions clear from the outset, with 'Cold Cruel Town', a moody track that captures the sense of despair and fear within the lyrical context. Keeping up the pressure is second track 'The Beauty Inside You' - with its demanding vocal chorus and overall musical angst. Stepping back off the tempo slightly is 'I Control It' with its Rush like power-passages, whereas with 'Out Of Tears' they move into the semi-ballad zone, and though the verses are misty and hypnotic, the choruses and solo sections are rock-hardened and solid. 'Strange Behavior' is a track to benefit from a range of effects. You can hear a bit of phaser plus some swirling flanger going on too. Mostly though, it's an edgy rocker with a nod to contemporary modern influences, rather than the past. 'Deadline' shifts up a gear, driven by some strong pulsing lines by Avergren. This terrific cranky guitar rocker shows these boys can deliver the goods when asked. Just to be different, the lush soundscape of 'In Another Time' provides a swirling mix of synths and ambient guitar melodies. This two minute interlude leads us into 'Under The Surface', another stomping rocker that is a mix of three decades worth of accumulated hard rock history rolled into the space of 3min 47sec. 'Blindfold' initially has a stripped back sound on the verses but heavies up on the chorus and solo spot. 'The Artefact' is a spacey sounding instrumental which closes out the album.


In Summary
There have been other Swedish bands who have played in a similar style. We can think of latter day efforts from Syron Vanes and Mercury Fang as being good examples - both have unusual traits about them. There is a point of difference with RTS too, they haven't gone down the glossy route, preferring instead to keep the mix earthy and organic. There's a lot to like with this outfit, perhaps they might feel inclined to come out of hiding and play a few gigs here and there to promote this album. 'Artefact' though the album might be, the band could not be accused of being the same.


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