Artist: Hion Martell
Album Title: Will Cure Any Disease
Label: Viskningar & Vrål
Street Date: November 2010
Genre: Classic Rock
01 - Perfect Remedy
02 - Built As A Boxer
03 - Fed Up
04 - Wasting Time
05 - (Don't Cry) Mary Anne
06 - Long Distance Love
07 - Any Disease
08 - Brand New Day
09 - Don't Mess
10 - In The Meadows
11 - 7 Devils
12 - B.D.M. (Beer Drinking Music)
Håkan Nilsson (Drums & Vocals)
Christer Nilsson (Guitar & Vocals)
Stefan Larsson (Bass)
Peter Subäck (Keyboards)
Ulf Hagberg (Guitar & Vocals)
In November of 2010 HION MARTELL released the album 'Will Cure Any Disease'. The CD was released on the indie label Viskningar och Vrål and is distributed by Plugged. This is the first CD by the new line up of the band; Christer Nilsson (Guitar & Vocals), Ulf Hagberg (Guitar & Vocals), Håkan Nilsson (Drums & Backing Vocals), Stefan Larsson (Bass) and Peter Subäck (keyboards), and the seventh album released by HION MARTELL.
The name - Hion Martell, is to be pronounced high on Martell and is of course a tip of the hat to the world famous cognac.
It all started back in '92. It was not exactly deep down in Louisiana among the evergreens. It was a small town called Ljusdal, in the middle of Sweden, among the pines. Guitar player, singer and song writer Christer Nilsson got some friends together and recorded a few tracks. Influenced by artists and bands like JJ Cale, the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd the style of the music was very basic rock. There wasn't a permanent line up. There were different people singing and playing on the tracks. The songs were written to be easy to learn, with minimalistic chord progressions. Often a four bar chord pattern was repeated the whole song. Two CD's were released during this era of the band; '...for your exquisite delight' (Bombolaget, 1993) and 'Hit Ambition At The Canadian Club' (SCARILLA!, 1999). The production was very raw and lo-fi. Some tracks were recorded live, some on 4-track cassette recorders and some in a cheap demo studio.
With the release 'Top Of The Vision' (2000, SCARILLA!) a new, more "permanent" line up emerged. Drummer STYXX (ex 80's glam band Bess) and bass player Stefan Larsson, a.k.a. Babbaen (ex metal band Julie Laughs Nomore) entered the stage, together with keyboard wizzard and prog head Ulf Pettersson (Galleon).
Apart from this core of the band there were still plenty of changes in the line up from recording session to recording session, and from gig to gig. Sometimes the band played as a trio, and sometimes there were up to eleven (!) people on stage.
Even though female background vocalists was always an important part of the Hion Martell sound, this was the first time that there were any girls in the line up. Actually at a point there were four of them! By the time 'PEACE!' was released in 2002 only two of them were left;Sofia Klingefors and Tanja Hedlund.
After the release of 'PEACE!' the band started writing a concept album: 'Music From The Swing Dynasty - IRON MOTEL BY HION MARTELL'. Quite a few of the tracks featured in the rock opera were co-written by STYXX, who never the less left the band to be replaced by drummer Ronnie Persson. The album was released and available as download only in 2005.
In 2006 the 4 track CD 'Water' (SCARILLA!) was released. The disc features re-recorded versions of four of the tracks from the Iron Motel. Half way through the recordings Ulf Pettersson and Tanja Hedlund decided to leave. The majority of the keyboards on the CD are therefore handled by Kristofer Eng (Brighteye Brison), another prog crazed disgustingly skilled player.
In 2009 the band finally got a permanent lineup. Peter Subäck was added as keyboard player. Peter had been associated with the band for years, but as a photographer! He shot pictures for the covers of 'Top Of The Vision' and 'Water'.
Ronnie left the band and Håkan Nilsson got behind the drumkit. Håkan had been playing with the band ever since 'Hit Ambition At The Canadian Club', helping out playing percussion, drums and even bass. This made him the perfect drummer for the band.
The band released the full length CD 'Will Cure Any Disease', in November 2010. The album is released on the indie lable Viskningar och Vrål. This is the first Hion Martell album to have proper distribution channels, through Plugged (Scandinavia), Sonic Rendezvous (BeNeLux) and Disk Union (Japan). So even though this is the seventh album by HION MARTELL, in a way it can be considered the first.
Hard Rock Info (www.hardrockinfo.com): "(...) in the end it's just pure rock 'n' roll with heart and soul (...) it's probably (sic!)time for HION MARTELL to show you how to do it. Extra point for good variation. This is definitely worth checking out!"
Rock Realms (http://www.rockrealms.com): "This is definitely a band built for the live stage, but actually the music works well on album too." "'7 Devils' rocks it up in a big way and is cool fun. 'B.D.M. (Beer Drinking Music)' is an upbeat end to the album, and we like it a lot."
Strutterzine (http://strutterzine.angelfire.com): "The result is very impressive for sure, because the included songs are actually quite catchy and really make you think this is a Classic Rockband that writes and records new 70s style Classic Rock tunes."
Get Ready To Rock (http://www.getreadytorock.com ): "Some fine blues rock ranging from boogie to MOR and back again. A full on American sound, not what you’d expect from Sweden but worth Checking out. "
Roots Time (www.rootstime.be): “’Will Cure Any Disease’ from ‘Hion Martell’ is a pleasant, complex free and swinging rock album by this Swedish quintet build around singer-songwriter Christer Nilsson. The band knows damn well how to entertain their audience and they use the stage at the same time to have lots of fun amongst themselves. In short: fun fun fun! is 100% guaranteed.”