Left Hand Solution
Light Shines Black
Imported from Sweden
Light Shines Black by Left Hand Solution was produced
by Thomas Hedquist
Recorded by Thomas Hedquist at Studio Nevo, Swedish Radio
Sundsvall. Track 1 and 9 recorded by Henrik Heinrich
Mixed by Thomas Hedquist in Quest Studio, Uppsala.
Being a unique band, this band takes all different types
of influences from all kinds of music that have metal connected to its
name and makes a very own special blend of it all. Top this with a clear
female voice with both depth and strength and add some gothic darkness
and you are getting close to what Left Hand Solution is all about. Left
Hand Solution was formed in 1991 by Jocke Mårdstam (guitar), Jörgen
Fahlberg (vocals, bass) and Liljan Liljekvist (drums). About one year
later they released their first demo, which was given the title "Dwell".
Later on Jörgen formed the now legendary cultcombo" The Kristet
Utseende" together with Jesper Forselius. The three remaining members
got the idea to try a female vocalist instead and found her in Kicki Höijertz.
At the end of this year Liljan was replaced by Erik Barthold. With this
lineup just a few days fresh, they entered the studio to record two tracks
for the compilation-CD "Metal North", which was released in
1993 on Massproduktion.
LHS was the band that got most of the attention and in 1994 they signed
a contract with Massproduktion for one record. The same year they recorded
a demo called "Falling" and in 1994 they signed with Massproduktion
for a mini-CD. They entered the studio in September and recorded the gothic
doom metal masterpiece "Shadowdance" which was released by the
end of 1994. Journalists called it "a self- torturers sweet nightmare",
"daring and powerful" and "a band that makes the Swedish
metal-scene more interesting". German metal bible Rock Hard gave
it 8 of 10 and several other magazines all over the world gave it great
reviews. Shortly after the release Kicki Höijertz left the band to
move to another town. A new vocalist, Mariana Holmberg, joined in early
1995. The band started to prepare for a new CD-release. Meanwhile they
recorded a demo, "The Wounds of Bitterness", with three new
songs. Since the sound was a bit different compared to older recordings
they released this demo as a hint of where the music was heading.
Their second album, called Fevered, was produced by Thomas
Hedquist (Misery Loves Co., Backyard Babies, Tekla). Fevered was a continuation
of Shadowdance's sweet nightmare, but with even more mature song writing.
In January 1997 Massproduktion signed a licensing deal for "Fevered"
with Nuclear Blast, who released the CD in April covering Europe, and
the 27th of May "Fevered" was released in North America. The
album has got very good response outside of Sweden. Metal Hammer gave
"Fevered" 6 out of 7, Heavy oder was?! gave it 11 out of 12
and Rock Hard gave it 8 out of 10 and metalstations all over Europe and
USA have given "Fevered" a lot of attention and airplay. Jocke
Mårdstam left the band in 1997 and he was replaced by Janne Wiklund
(from Unholy and The Kristet Utseende).
This current lineup: Mariana, Peter, Janne and Erik, started to record
"Light Shines Black" in December 1998. It's once again produced
by Thomas Hedquist and was released by Massproduktion for Scandinavia
in February 2001. The new album shows a strong development which includes
the goth and doom elements of the early LHS with a steaming rock n roll
feel, added by their new guitarplayer Janne Wiklund. In April the album
was released in Europe and have received fantastic reviews. This was be
followed up by gigs in Denmark and Germany in July.
During 2002 the band toured Germany, USA and Canada. Unfortunately Peter
Selin left the band before the US-tour and was replaced on the tour by
Henrik Svensson (of The Confusions).
During 2003 the remastered version of Shadowdance was
released and the old version of the band reformed with Kicki on vocals
and did a great gig at the release party.
Also check out Fevered and
Shadow Dance from Left Hand Solution