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220 Volt

Formed: 1979
From: Östersund, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest 220 Volt News

Below is our complete 220 Volt news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

OpEd

Tribute To The Lesser Played Halloween Classics

So its Halloween yet again….and for some reason it just doesn’t seem as scary and wonderful as it used to be. Maybe its age….maybe it’s the state of the world….perhaps it’s just desensitization or my state of mind. Though its still my favorite time of year, Halloween used to be "special," mainly due to the fact that I bought into this notion that Halloween is the “world holiday of metal.” Not unlike horror films, metal used to have a creep factor in the 80's that seems all too polished and mechanical in 2014. For me, it's the only time when severely under-produced records can have a massive shock value.

On the topic of special Halloween memories over the years, I distinctly remember 1986 – when Slayer had just released what is arguably the greatest thrash metal album of our time just 24 days prior to Halloween. I begged my parents for money to buy it just around a day or two before Halloween…and it literally scared the crap out of me as a 15 year old kid. Every Halloween in that time, back when more people used to celebrate it with open doors, family, friends and I used to walk 5-7 miles – filling multiple pillow cases with candy…only to return home and dump it on the floor before switching costumes to go out for another 2-3 miles before all the lights went out in the neighborhood precisely at 8:30pm. 1986 was particularly memorable because the topic of discussion was “Reign in Blood.” My friends and I gasped in terror conjured by the album mostly because it was so "rebellious" and clashed directly (and indirectly) with our Roman Catholic upbringing. These were days before we reached the age of reason. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: #EnoughAlready

This week a look at new videos from Volt 22, Diamond Lane, Helix and The Sinner Saints that try to teach us about the real backstage rock and roll lifestyle, champagne toasts and how to use hashtags in a video (note: we learn nothing). More...

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220 Volt Releases "Walking In Starlight" Video

Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt released a new music video for the track "Walking in Starlight." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming new release, which will drop this Friday via AOR Heaven.

"Walking in Starlight" is the band's full length release since 1997's "Lethal Illusion," and the first release to feature new vocalist Anders Engberg (Sorcerer), who joined in 2013.

The track list for the album is:

1. Walking in Starlight
2. System Overload
3. Broken Promises
4. Alive
5. Blind
6. Stranted
7. Get Me Out
8. The Waiting
9. Through the Wastelands
10. Burning Heart
11. Take a Good Luck
12. One Good Reason
13. Guiding Light

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220 Volt Releases "Walking In Starlight" Preview

Swedish hard rock/melodic metal act 220 Volt will release the new album "Walking in Starlight" on September 26th via AOR Heaven. The album is the first full length release since 1997's "Lethal Illusion," and first release to feature vocalist Anders Engberg (Sorcerer), who joined in 2013.

The track list for the album is:

1. Walking in Starlight
2. System Overload
3. Broken Promises
4. Alive
5. Blind
6. Stranted
7. Get Me Out
8. The Waiting
9. Through the Wastelands
10. Burning Heart
11. Take a Good Luck
12. One Good Reason
13. Guiding Light More...

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New 220 Volt Album Expected This September

Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt will release its sixth studio release, and first full length release in 17 years, this September. The band reported the latest progress on the release via Facebook:

"Will deliver final master in a day or two, just waiting to approve the last version. We have 13 new tracks on there, and album starts with the epic title track and ends with a track that has sort of a connection to the title track..in a way.. All mixes and album cover finished, and ready to go!

"We have stretched out a bit and many songs are a little longer than usual, 3 tracks being well over 5 minutes. The thing will be released late september and we can't wait to let you hear this!

"We'd like to share more info, and we will as soon as record companies involved give us the go ahead. Excited!"

Details on the release have yet to be revealed, but the album will mark the first for vocalist Anders Engberg (Sorcerer/ex-Lion's Share/ex-Therion), who joined the band in 2013. More...

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220 Volt Recording Album

Swedish rock / metal outfit 220 Volt recently issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"All the drums are tuned and soundchecked and sound great, also nailed the first 3 songs. Work continues tomorrow. Will post more pics and some video as we go along! See photos from today in the new photo album on Facebook."

This new album from the band is currently slated for release in May of 2014, with further details forthcoming.

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