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Long Live Lounge

Long Live Lounge

by Hellsongs
     
 
Swedish group Hellsongs perform acoustic-based arrangements of metal and hard rock songs. The thing that keeps this from being Richard Cheese-esque kitsch is that even though they've swapped electric guitars for acoustic, and added piano and strings (on this live recording, courtesy of

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Swedish group Hellsongs perform acoustic-based arrangements of metal and hard rock songs. The thing that keeps this from being Richard Cheese-esque kitsch is that even though they've swapped electric guitars for acoustic, and added piano and strings (on this live recording, courtesy of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), the songs retain the uptempo, charging energy of the originals. Metallica's "Seek and Destroy," the album opener, becomes an Up with People-esque singalong, the pumping piano and surging strings turning it into something genuinely impressive. Lead vocalist Siri Bergnehr has a crystal-clear voice that transforms lyrics like those from Iron Maiden's "The Evil That Men Do" -- "The evil that men do lives on and on" -- into something almost sweet, even when she's singing about "the slaughter of innocents." Admittedly, the faster songs often translate better -- a version of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" is outdone by the moody, female-fronted doom rock outfits (the Devil's Blood, Blood Ceremony, et al.) currently populating the metal landscape. But taken as a whole, Long Live Lounge is a terrific record that will quickly cause any listener to shed his or her smirk. Their arrangement of AC/DC's "Sin City" alone is a folk-jazz assault worthy of Pentangle or Fairport Convention at their fiercest. Indeed, this album's title is ultimately misleading, and metal fans shouldn't be put off by it.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2012
Label:
Tapete Records
UPC:
4047179611725
catalogNumber:
225

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Performance Credits

Hellsongs   Primary Artist
Martin Schaub   Conductor
Krister Petersson   French Horn
Ann-Christin Raschdorf   Violin
Nicola Boruvka   Violin
Kalle Karlsson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Johan Bringhed   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Gunnar Månberg   Oboe
Lotta Wilk   Vocals
Christian Andersson   Percussion
Johannes Bergion   Cello
Leo Cederqvist   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Linnea Nyman   Viola
Martin Ödlund   Percussion,Timpani
Per-Olof Appelin   Violin
Siri Bergnéhr   Vocals,Shaker,Group Member
Bengt Gustafsson   Violin

Technical Credits

Ozzy Osbourne   Composer
Adrian Smith   Composer
Michael Bruce   Composer
Bon Scott   Composer
Vincent Abbott   Composer
Tom Araya   Composer
Rachel Bolan   Composer
Geezer Butler   Composer
Glen Buxton   Composer
Paul Dickinson   Composer
Dennis Dunaway   Composer
Jeff Hanneman   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer
Tony Iommi   Composer
Kerry King   Composer
Neal Smith   Composer
Dee Snider   Composer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Tony Harnell   Composer
Snake   Composer
Phil Anselmo   Composer
Bill Ward   Composer
Stephen Harris   Composer
Martin Schaub   Orchestration
Darrell Abbott   Composer
Vincent Furnier   Composer
Rex Brown   Composer
Hellsongs   Arranger
Åke Linton   Engineer
Rolf Tekrø   Composer
Morten Dahl   Composer

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