V/A – Jobcentre Rejects 4 – Ultra Rare FWOSHM 1978-83 (Heavy Metal) [Music/Review]

3/10

Year: 2020
Genre: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
Label: On The Dole Records
Album Versions: Discogs

1980’s Metal is my favourite music genre, the one I always come back to. I also like digging into the obscure, the rare releases. Bands that only made one 7” or made one track for a compilation album. I also love old Swedish metal, I have a pretty decent collection on vinyl of metal from this era, and several compilations that just had one or two tracks of metal, compilations that where payed for by the state at the time.

So with that said, it sadeness me to say that this is absolute garbage, apart from the last track with Behemoth that is really good, only Mercy, Paradize and Silver Mountain are okey, the rest is total crap, just a waste of vinyl. There are so much other good obscure Swedish bands so it beats me why they chose these ones. Maybe the only ones they found the rights holder to?

Extra points for the release in itself, the historical value of not letting this music just vanish for good. I only wish for more volumes with better releases in the future.

Background/History

The soundtrack to the small towns of Sweden of the early 80’s – finally put in its proper context.

The fourth volume of the popular Jobcentre Rejects series focuses on the influential Swedish heavy metal scene 1978-1983 – The First Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal. Indispensable listening for all metal freaks, punk rockers, garage rock types, power poppers and DIY worshipers. Twelve songs licensed from very rare vinyl singles and compilation albums.
A Nuggets, Pebbles or Killed By Death-like collection fixed for the metal genre. Carefully restored and remastered sound. In-depth cover text by Pierre Hellqvist (Sonic Magazine) and Kieron Tyler (Mojo Magazine). 16-page booklet illustrated with photos and other memorabilia from the band members’ own photo albums.

What do you think of when Swedish heavy metal comes up? A horror film inspired black/death metal band that performs a massive wall of sound wall with upside-down crucifixes? Doom metal in the style of Candlemass? Soft glam like Europe? Guitar titan Yngwie Malmsteen?

Whether you are a Swedish music lover or a big-digging / deep-digging international record collector, the chances are small that you know Greensleeves, Squetters or Trazer – three of the bands that are stars on Jobcentre Rejects Vol 4: Ultra Rare FWOSHM 1978-1983. The title abbreviation stands for The First Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal.

The previous volumes of Jobcentre Rejects have explored The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the surrounding fringes of the genre. Volume 4 is more of the same product but this time with Sweden under its musical microscope. It is exciting, fun, interesting and enjoyable listening, but also a very important part of the music history that has never been told before.

Internationally, before the successes of recent years DJs and dance-pop, Swedish music has in many ways been defined by what ABBA achieved, Hyper-Pop. A compartment that both Army Of Lovers, Roxette and possibly Cardigans can also be sorted into. Robyn has been and still is a fantastic Swedish music export. In the 80’s, The Leather Nun / Lädernunnan established itself as one of the names that shone brightest in the international alternative rock heaven and Swedish garage rock has on several occasions been a world leader in its genre.

Sweden has always had a fixed position in pop music. In the fifties, rock came here quickly and Spotnicks soon toured the world with their instrumental spacesuit music. The Swedish beat, pop and psychedelia scene held international top class in the 60’s. While ABBA conquered the whole world’s charts, the prog showed that the country had lots of dissidents and original musicians. The punk came and in 1978 bands like Ebba Grön, Skabb and The Rude Kids released their first singles – at the same time other bands chose to follow the road sign that said metal. It is these acts that Jobcentre Rejects vol 4 directs the spotlight on.

Jobcentre Rejects Volume 4 is also the sound of Swedish small towns. Highbrow and Stitch came from Stockholm, but otherwise only Malmö’s Silver Mountain came from a larger city. The straps on Jobcentre Rejects vol 4 came from the country side, drove a Puch Dakota moped with orange folds on the saddle and they wore denim jackets with lining. The trends that prevailed in the big cities never came to fruition – in several cases they were actively opted out. Jobcentre Rejects volume 4 is the sound of a Swedish small town 1978-1983. Finally – and not a day too soon – these bands get their restoration.

  • Mercy – State Of Shock
  • Stitch – Devil’s Deal
  • Greensleeves – Fire
  • Ironside – The Ironside
  • Highbrow – A Loser
  • Turbo – Asfaltsrock
  • Quix – Speed
  • Trazer – Street Fighter
  • Silver Mountain – Axeman & The Virgin
  • Squetters – Heavy Water
  • Paradize – Caress Of Steel
  • Behemoth – Deathwing

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