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In hoc signo vinces

In hoc signo vinces

In oktober 2004, we had kind of mixed feelings. Our first album, Fire walk with me, had been released in 27 countries and got a lot of fantastic reviews. That was good. Less good was that our record company Soundriot Records turned out to be, well, “not good”. The usual thing, no money and so on. That was bad.

Anyway, terminated the contract, and started to look for a new label. Lion Music was intrested, and Lasse who run the company seemed to be a really genuine person to work with. And when I write this, seven years later, I still believe he is, haven’t heard anything bad about him at all. Which probably is very rare in this buisness… Kudos to Lasse! So, we signed a contract for another three albums.

We had a lot of great material and thought that we easily could outperform the first album. Maybe we could have, but… Well, I still don’t know nor remember exactly what went wrong. But there where a lot of difficulties during the recording, technical problems, motivation problems, recording problems, I don’t know what problems and so on. Totally it took three (3) years to record the damn thing.

If the result had been as we first expected, it might have been worth it, but honestly I think it was only ok. And that was what the reviews told us as well, not even close to the accolades we got with the first album.

Some people seems to like it a lot though, so give it a listen and see what you think! 🙂

AND ONE FINAL THING: The narrator/compere in the intro didn’t follow the speeches he was supposed to, but due to certain circumstances we didn’t noticed until everything was finished. Thus, the jokes are “wrong”. I might post the original manuscript some day. Not saying it’s better, but different and probably makes more sense.

The copyright for this album still belongs to Lion Music, so I can’t offer the usual downloads and so on.

Tracks

1. When gates are opening
2. The skyrider*
3. Dreams they haunt me**
4. March of the amazones****
5. Answer to you, Heart (Stranger in the dark)
6. Immortal (hymn to the prison guard)
7. Lethal attraction
8. Children of the corn
9. The mad ministrels (with delusions of grandeur)***
10. The lake*
11. Cat eyes*
12. Feeding the predator*

Where to find?

 

 

Credits

All music and lyrics by JJ Rockford, except
* Music by JJ Rockford, lyrics by JJ Rockford and Torkel BĂ€ck
** Music and lyrics by JJ Rockford and Torkel BĂ€ck
*** Music by JJ Rockford and Torkel BĂ€ck, lyrics by Torkel BĂ€ck
**** Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, title by JJ Rockford

Recorded, mixed and produced by Torkel BÀck and JJ Rockford Vork&Arknöl Studios and Montroxx Studios on different dates between february 14:th 2005 and february 14:th 2008.

On the album:
JJ Rockford – Guitars, keyboards
Mick van Slowfoot – Drums
Criss Blackburn – Vocals
Robert Makek – Guiars
Niclas Posa – Bass

Guest apperences:
Tim Diaz – Keyboards
Kristina Lindemyr – Vocals
Rick Altzi – Vocals
Daniel BĂ€ck – Backing vocals
Isabelle Jacobsson – Backing vocals

Cover art by Anna Rockford

 

In hoc signo vinces

In hoc signo vinces

I oktober 2004 hade vi lite blandade kĂ€nslor. VĂ„ran första skivan, Fire walk with me, hade slĂ€ppts i 27 lĂ€nder och fĂ„tt en massa fantastiska recesioner. Det var typiskt en bra sak. DĂ€remot hade skivbolaget Soundriot Records visat sig vara “mindre bra”. Det vanliga, inga pengar o s v. Det var en typiskt dĂ„lig sak.

SÄ vi terminerade kontraktet och började se oss om efter ett nytt bolag. Lion Music visade intresse, och Lasse som sköter det mesta dÀr verkade vara en genuint bra mÀnniska att jobba med. Och det Àr vÀrt att pÄpekas, nÀr jag skriver det hÀr sju Är senare, sÄ har jag fortfarande inte fÄtt nÄgon anledning att Àndra pÄ den uppfattningen. Och jag har heller aldrig hört nÄgon annan som haft nÄgot negativt att sÀga, vilket nog fÄr anses vara extremt ovanligt i den hÀr branchen. Kudos till lasse! SÄ vi skrev pÄ för tre nya skivor.

Det fanns en massa bra material att spela in, och det rĂ„dde ingen tvivel om att andra skiva skulle bli mycket bĂ€ttre Ă€n den första. Det kanske den hade kunnat blivit, men… Kommer inte ihĂ„g exakt hur det började gĂ„ pĂ„ tok, men vi fick en massa problem, inspelingsproblem, tekniska problem i studion, motivationsproblem och andra problem. Totalt tog det tre (3) Ă„r att spela in allting.

Hade resultat blivit det förvÀntade hade det vÀl ÀndÄ varit vÀrt allting, men helt Àrligt sÄ blev det vÀl som bÀst ok. Och sÄ blev Àven recensionerna, inte i nÀrheten av den hyllningskören som mötte den första skivan.

Men det finns för all del en del som verkade tycka mycket om skivan ÀndÄ, sÄ lyssna och se vad du tycker!

OCH SLUTLIGEN: Killen som spelade konferencier i introt följde inte de repliker han skulle. Och pĂ„ grund av diverse olyckliga omstĂ€ndigheter upptĂ€cktes detta försent. DĂ€rför Ă€r en del av skĂ€mten “fel”. Funderar pĂ„ att posta original-manuskriptet nĂ„gon dag. Egentligen vet jag vĂ€l inte om det Ă€r sĂ„ mycket bĂ€ttre, men lite annorlunda. “Make more sense” som mans Ă€ger pĂ„ engelska.

Lion Music Àger fortfarande rÀttigheterna till denna skiva, dÀrför kan jag inte ge de vanliga möjligheterna till t ex nedladdning

LĂ„tlista

1. When gates are opening
2. The skyrider*
3. Dreams they haunt me**
4. March of the amazones****
5. Answer to you, Heart (Stranger in the dark)
6. Immortal (hymn to the prison guard)
7. Lethal attraction
8. Children of the corn
9. The mad ministrels (with delusions of grandeur)***
10. The lake*
11. Cat eyes*
12. Feeding the predator*

Var finns skivan?

 

 

Credits

All musik och text av JJ Rockford, förutom:
* Musik av JJ Rockford, text av JJ Rockford och Torkel BĂ€ck
** Musik och text av JJ Rockford och Torkel BĂ€ck
*** Musik av JJ Rockford och Torkel BĂ€ck, text av Torkel BĂ€ck
**** Musik av Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, titel av JJ Rockford

Inspelad, mixad och producerad av Torkel BÀck och JJ Rockford i Vork&Arknöl Studios och Montroxx Studios pÄ under tiden mellan den 14:e februari 2005 och den 14:e februari 2008.

Medverkande pÄ skivan:
JJ Rockford – Gitarr, keyboard
Mick van Slowfoot – Trummor
Criss Blackburn – SĂ„ng
Robert Makek – Gitarr
Niclas Posa – Bas

GĂ€startister:
Tim Diaz – Keyboards
Kristina Lindemyr – SĂ„ng
Rick Altzi – SĂ„ng
Daniel BĂ€ck – KörsĂ„ng
Isabelle Jacobsson – KörsĂ„ng

Omslag av Anna Rockford

 

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