Jakob Samuel

Mon
16
Oct

KRYPTONITE - Kryptonite (Review)

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Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
46
Release Date: 
2017
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock / AOR
Score: 
93
Label: 
Frontiers
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For all the criticism Frontiers Records gets for their multitude of thrown together projects (from me also on occasion), you must admit that there’s more winners overall than failures.
 
And the idea of The Poodles vocalist Jakob Samuel fronting any project gets my attention. I’m a huge fan of his voice and adding newcomer Michael Palace together with Pontus Egberg and Robban Back does seem like a pretty appealing lineup.
 
So does this one work? Yes, the label has enlisted Mr. everywhere Alessandro Del Vecchio to produce and write this project, but you know what – he’s good at what he does and I’m pleased to say all the tracks on this album are co-written with Jakob, so his personality is all over it too. As expected it is a familiar European melodic rock sound, but its expertly produced and mixed and I think the songs for the most part do the job nicely.
 
This is essentially a melodic rock and AOR version of The Poodles. It rocks throughout – a nice uptempo pace is kept going from start to finish apart from the classy piano ballad Knowing Both Of Us. What appeals to me most is the AOR anthems featured – Keep The Dream Alive, Fallen Angels, This Is The Moment and One Soul are cracking high energy AOR songs.

Sounds great, looks great….big production and big melodic rock sound. This project is a winner and I’d imagine a sequel has already been booked in.

 

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Tue
23
May

KRYPTONITE Debut Joins Members Of The Poodles, Treat & Palace

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce an amazing new melodic rock combo from Sweden: KRYPTONITE
 
For your first taste of music and to hear more about the band from the guys themselves, head on over to their freshly launched Facebook page and watch the behind-the-scenes video they've shared there: fb.me/KryptoniteSweden
 
Sometimes musicians are put together who only know each other from afar via their respective recordings, but something clicks and triggers a magical moment. That's exactly what happened when Jakob Samuel from The Poodles met up with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on the heels of a concept created by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino. Together, they set off to work on a new band that could offer lyrical concepts that are deep and intelligent with music that operates within the genres they excel in. And most importantly, has a great energy and impact.
 
Together with executive producer Serafino Perugino, they handpicked each musician to be part of their vision for a strong lineup of young and hungry Swedish musicians that would be ready to go out there and kick some ass. Pontus Egberg, formerly of The Poodles and now the bass player for King Diamond and Treat, was the first one to enter the picture, followed shortly thereafter by Robban Back of Mustasch (and ex-Eclipse). The choice of guitar player fell to the young and immensely gifted Mike Palace. Mike showed his huge talents as a writer and performer on his band Palace’s debut album and on several songs he has already written for the label.
 
The recording and writing sessions flowed freely and the songs came naturally. This band will truly set a standard for what fans perceive as melodic hard rock in today’s climate. It is classic, but modern at the same time, groovy and cool.
 
You will love what Jakob, Michael, Pontus, and Robban have cooked up for you as Kryptonite - Sweden! Stay tuned for upcoming announcements concerning the release date and the forthcoming first video/single!
 
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Wed
17
Jun

THE POODLES - Devil In The Details (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
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Before I Die
House of Cards
The Greatest
Crack in the Wall
Everything
Alive
Borderline
Produced By: 
Mats Valentin
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
87
Label: 
Gain
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I love these guys. More Swedish melodic greatness, fronted by one of the best voices in the land – Jakob Samuel. His raspy mix of melody and power and presence give him an edge over many others.
This is the band’s 6th studio album already – where does the time go? I like them all, but this and the last album have been particularly satisfying.
 
Devil In The Details is easily the band’s most diverse release yet and also their most modern as far as production and production effects.
Diverse and modern are two words that scare (with good reason!) many fans of this genre and you can add ‘not very commercial’ to the list, but I’m pleased to say that everything used on this album is only to serve the songs.
Track by track this is a very consistent and very catchy set of songs.
Production is awesome – it’s this kind of modernization that the genre needs to appeal to new fans, yet everything about this release screams classic hard rock.
 
The rousing Before I Die with a flurry of heavy riffs and powerful beats is a killer opener.
House Of Cards is an intense, sonically powerful track that leads into the perfect commercial melodic rock ballad The Greatest.
Crack In The Wall is a “wall” of sound – a high energy rocker that leads into the quirky heavy programmed pop feel of (What The Hell) Baby. Suddenly I’m thinking Baby One More Time though. First H.E.A.T, now The Poodles?
Other highlights include Everything - a fantastic uptempo anthem; the cool modern rocker Alive and another effects filled modern rocker Borderline to close.

A different sound from the guys, while retaining their original sound. No one sounds like The Poodles, but they still manage to mix things up and this album is no different.
Another strong and consistent release.
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2015
 
Tue
27
Jan

'Devil In The Details' For Sweden's THE POODLES March 24

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The Poodles are back with "Devil in the Details", their sixth studio album and follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Tour de Force". The evolution of the band's sound is evident as a result of their continued collaboration with produced Mats Valentin. This is rock n' roll straight up, no chaser! In many ways this represents the second coming of The Poodles and you are cordially invited to experience the epic-ness and majesty of "Devil in the Details".
 
The debut album, “Metal Will Stand Tall”, was released in 2006 and the single “Night of Passion” went platinum. “Streets of Fire” from the album “Sweet Trade”, became the bands biggest selling single to date, achieving double platinum status. They visited twenty-nine European cities during the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010. The album “Performocracy”(2011) went #1 on the Swedish album chart.
 
 
All in all, The Poodles have had over ten “top 10” releases so far which makes them on of Sweden’s most successful rock bands.
 
Today Jakob Samuel announced the band's new bass player. He stated: "We are very happy to have the opportunity to present our new God Of Thunder, new tribe member and bas-player, the great talent Johan FlodquistWe have been looking for quite some time and it feels really great to have him onboard, give him a warm welcome people!"
 
In April 2014, the band went on its first European your since 2010 and played for audiences that eagerly had awaited the return of the band. After a summer of playing Swedish and European festivals, The Poodles started working on the follow-up to "Tour de Force". The new album was named "Devil in the Details" to reflect the band's pursuit of perfection and uncompromising attention to details. In the process, bassist Pontus Egberg decided to leave The Poodles to join King Diamond, which left the band searching for a replacement. After a trial period the decision fell on local talent Johan Flodkvist, an accomplished and exciting bass player that is well suited to fill Pontus' shoes.
 
Now, "Devil in the Details" is due to be released on March 25 marking a new collaboration with the Swedish label Gain Music where bands like Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar also reside. The first single off "Devil in the Details" is "The Greatest", an epic and moving number that captures the sentiments found on the rest of the album. “The Greatest” is released on January 19. Long Live Rock N' Roll!
 
 
 
Track Listing:
Before I Die
House Of Cards
The Greatest
Crack In The Wall
Baby
Everything
Stop
Need To Believe
Alive
Life Without You
Creator And Breaker
Borderline

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