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Satan Takes A Holiday - Aliens album review

Swedish trio’s fourth album of groovy garage rock

Cover art for Satan Takes A Holiday - Aliens album

Though they’re named after a 1930s Tommy Dorsey jazz number, it will come as no surprise to learn that this Stockholm trio make music of a rather heavier stripe. Their brand of stomping but swinging gonzo punk-metal has succeeded back home by tapping into the same scuzzstained philosophy and boozy humour that drove fellow Nordic ne’er-do-wells The Hellacopters and Backyard Babies. And with this album, their first distributed internationally, they sound well primed for successful export.

The Wildheartsian urchin thunder of Born At Night and Iron Pipe suggest this is a band who would probably rock twice as hard live. However, the more subtle elements of their sound are equally impressive on recent single The Beat, whose urgent falsetto-laden strut recalls Eagles Of Death Metal, and the heavy-hearted soul-rock of Get You Girl. Beelzebub would surely bang his head approvingly.

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock