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Free Fall: Power And Volume

Herculean, vintage-flavoured, hard rock from Sweden.

The last few years have seen a remarkable renaissance in retro-rock, much of it coming out of Scandinavia. And here’s another outstanding example, from the band formed by guitarist Mattias Bärjed while playing with The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

The appropriately titled Power And Volume begins with the rampant title track, an almost Van Halen-esque riff giving way to Kim Fransson’s gleeful, chest-beating exhortation: ‘I’m the king of rock‘n’roll’. Indeed Free Fall perform as though they believe every syllable of that boast. ‘Turn it up, louder… Louder… Louder!’ roars Fransson, as the riff escalates to ear-shattering levels. And that’s just the first track.

Bärjed freely admits to having modelled his group on Zeppelin, UFO, Priest, The Who, AC/DC, the Stooges… You’ve read such claims many times before. For once, though, the music don’t sound like some contrived, fifth-hand pastiche.

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.