Megaton Sword + Red Tape Redemption
Since their auspicious birth in 2018, there’s been no stopping Switzerland’s MEGATON SWORD. As if their very moniker was a prescient stroke of genius – or, rather, a self-fulfilling prophecy – the once-quartet arrived fully formed with their glorious debut EP, Niralet, in 2019 via DYING VICTIMS. Here, virtually without warning, they evinced an ages-old sound that was wise (and wizened) well beyond their young years. Already, MEGATON SWORD knew the mystery of steel…and wielded it with a startling confidence. Which made their debut album the next year, Blood Hails Steel – Steel Hails Fire, all the more shocking: MEGATON SWORD somehow revealed new twists to that mystery of steel, and further evinced a charisma that was star-power writ large. Again released by DYING VICTIMS, it was no shock that Blood Hails Steel – Steel Hails Fire was hailed far and wide. And yet still, it seemed MEGATON SWORD were only getting started…
And they’re not finished – not by a long shot – as testified by their second album, Might & Power. Almost absurdly titled in its elegant simplicity, Might & Power might seem on the surface a reiteration of their true-as-steel HEAVY METAL, and to a large degree, that’s correct – MEGATON SWORD are still drunk on high fantasy and the enduring themes of conquest and valor, triumph and tragedy – but the deceptively expansive album sees the now-quintet stretching their sturdy sound in directions more dynamic and extreme.
RED TAPE REDEMPTION delivers dusty bluesrock straight out of their souls. The project started as a One-Man-Band by Lukas Oberholzer in 2019 since his former band Coffee For The Restless broke up. After a few solo shows, his former CFTR band colleague Tobias Kalt picked up the drumsticks to join forces – Red Tape Redemption started rock ‘n’ rolling.
In september 2021 they release a mini-ep called DRIVING LIVE which consist of a live performance of three songs of their debut EP DRIVING SOUTH which was released in december 2020 through the independent label THE YELLING LIGHT.
Sabato 16 Dicembre 2023
Café Bar Treppenhaus – Rorschach