Added: 10 December 2011

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- 2-Track Demo, 1988



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Universe (Swe)

Universe (Swe)
Band Info
Genre
Heavy / Melodic Metal
Country
Sweden (

Upplands Väsby, Stockholm

)
Active
1982 - 1988, 2002 - present (as Universe Infinity)
Media
Photos
Links
Official Website
Members

Andreas Eklund - Vocals (House of Shakira, Sabbtail, Radioactive)
Per Nilsson - Guitar (Twilight)
Michael Kling - Guitar (Moon, WC)
Hans "Hasse" Hagman - Bass (Twilight)
Anders Wetterström - Drums (Twilight, Talk of the Town)
Fredrik "Freddie" Kriström - Keyboard

Former / Past Members
Kjell "Kjelle" Wallén - Vocals (Swedish Metal Aid, Trezpass, Airlines, S 'n R Boys, Kjell Wallén/Karin Pagmar, Kjelle Wallén Project)
Gunnar "Mic" Michaeli - Keyboards (Europe, Avelon, Brazen Abbot, Glenn Hughes, Last Autumn's Dream, Audiovision, Tone Norum, Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus)
Janne Åström - Vocals (Endless Day, 2001, High Preassure, Hot Soup, Mr. Weed, Now, No Way, Rubber Duck, True Cosmic Trampoline, Lobotomax)
Official Bio
Universe started in 1982 in Upplands Väsby, Sweden, where hard rock ruled the streets. The members hailed from several different local bands. After leaving the band Moon, Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70's with John Norum, became one of Universe’s founding members. Hasse Hagman, who played in Joey Tempest's first band, along with Anders Wetterström and Per Nilsson, all came from the band Twilight. Once Universe got their hands on keyboard player Fredrik Kriström and singer Kjell Wallen, the band was complete. They played diligently for a couple of years all over Sweden, opening for Nazareth, among many other gigs. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut album with songs like "Rollin’ On", "Stories from the Old Days", and "Strong Vibrations". In 1986, Kjell Wallen left the band on good terms following creative differences and was subsequently replaced by Janne Åström. With Janne as the new frontman, the band focused fully on a follow-up to their debut album. Several demos were recorded but never ended up in the right hands. The band dissolved in early 1988 and then had a short reunion for a final show in the ice hall in Upplands Väsby later that year.  

The band members went their separate ways, each showing up here and there in different contexts with connections to music. Janne Åström, for example, continued his career as a singer and is currently a popular folk artist in Sweden with his fingers in various creative projects. Everyone maintained occasional contact and eventually Per Nilsson reached out to the others to see if they were interested in playing together again. In 2002, all the members met up together for the first time in 14 years. They immediately knew they wanted to play again, and became convinced that the old material still had potential. Everyone agreed that a new album had to be released, but also that they were being pulled in different directions. For several years they kept continuous contact, waiting for the time when recording an album became inevitable. At first, Universe lacked a singer, but suddenly one day he was just there. Andreas Eklund became the new front man, his narrative lyrics and tasteful melodies opening the door to another dimension, so the band could take a bigger step into the galaxy. Andreas has tons of experience and has, among other things, played and released albums with the AOR band House of Shakira. Now, finally, Universe is back with a new powerful album that is a tribute to the music of the 70’s and 80's, and to their youth in Upplands Väsby. Release date 13th of April.

Info by FWOSHM.com
Formed in the early 80's from the ashes of TWILIGHT. UNIVERSE contributed with the songs "Looking for an Answer" & "Burning Machine" on the 1984 Sonet Records compilation 'Swedish Metal', also partipicated on the 'Sommarrock 84' compilation with the songs "Stories from the Old Days" and "Strong Vibrations". UNIVERSE released their debut album 'Universe' in 1985, a 7" single featuring the songs "Rollin' On / Woman" was also released.  When Kjelle Wallén quit as UNIVERSE's singer in 1985 (to join TREZPASS) vocalist Janne Åström of ENDLESS DAY and HIGH PREASSURE took over. With the band he wrote and recorded a lot of songs, "Born to Flames" "Can't Get Enough", "Rock is Alive" etc. Unfortunately they just ended up as demos and no official releases. Michael Kling was earlier in WC (pre-FORCE/EUROPE) and MOON together with Jan-Erik Bäckström (ex-WC member) and NATTSVART guitarist Per Forsell.

Kjelle Wallén are today a troubadour making his own music, he can be found at Myspace.
Kjelles big brother Ingemar Wallén plays guitar in the Swedish 50's group The Boppers.
Janne Åström are today mostly active as an actor, more info at his Official Website.

Info (from Janne Starks Enyclopedia)
UNIVERSE supported NAZARETH on their 1984 Swedish tour. The band recorded a demo in 1988, which showed a more AOR-ish side. After this they unfortunately split. They were on of the four bands on Sonet Records compilation 'Swedish Metal (1984)'. Before the album was recorded the band featured Mic Michaeli on keyboards, but he left and later joined EUROPE. The band reformed and recorded a new and highly interesting album in 2002, now featuring Janne Åström on vocals. The album was set to be released during 2002, but unfortunately things were again put on hold. However in 2011 the band picked up the loose ends and the album is now being finished for a release in 2013. The current line-up features Kling (who was once in WC with John Norum), Nilsson, Wetterström, and Erik Mårtenssån (Eclipse, W.E.T.)
Albums (2)
Songs (16)
Single
Full Length
V/A Compilations
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