Left Hand Solution
Imported from Sweden
This unique four piece band, take its 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".
In 1992 there were some changes in the line-up. The first one to enter
was Peter Selin, who jumped in on bass as Jörgen wanted to sing only,
but after a couple of months he decided to leave the band anyway. 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
god 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
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 releaseparty.
During 2004 the band will be doing demos for a new album
to be recorded late 2004. The band have now finally found a new permanent
bassplayer in Robert Bergius who earlier also have played with Erik in
Also check out Fevered and
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