Added: 18 May 2014

Mezzrow (Swe)

Mezzrow (Swe)
Band Info
Thrash Metal
Sweden (


1985 (as Necromansy), 1988 - ca 1992, 2005
Photos / Videos
Official Website
Ulf "Uffe" Pettersson - Vocals, Bass (Tingod, R.I.P., Witch Hammer, Rosicrucian, Rosicrushion, Slapdash)

Roger "Zebba" Karlsson - Guitars (Necromancy, R.I.P.)

Staffan "Staffe" Karlsson - Guitars, Vocals (Tingod, Necromancy)

Conny Welén - Bass (Wizard, Sorcerer (guest), Hexenhaus, Doomicus, Tingod, Morpheus, Dry Dead River, Galaxy Safari, Twain, Spoon, Another Band)

Stefan "Steffe" Karlsson - Drums (Tingod, Necromancy)
Former / Past Members
Peter Rosén - Guitar (Mortality, R.I.P.)

Nicklas "Slicken" Andersson - Bass (Entombed, Nihilist, Dismember, R.I.P., The Hellacopters, Necromancy, Death Breath, Sons of Satan, Cold Ethyl, Imperial State Electric, The Solution, Daemon, Brainwarp, Kurt-Sunes med Helveteshundarna, Supershit 666, 13th Floor Escalators, The Hydromatics, MC5, Necronaut, Treblinka)
Bio from Janne Stark's Encyclopedia
Mezzrow were formed and recorded the demo 'Frozen Soul' in 1988, followed by 'The Cross of Torment' in 1989. These Bay Area style thrashers sound quite reminiscent of bands like Testament and the demos were highly rated in tape-trading circuits. After the album, the band also recorded the demo 'Demo 91'. After this they sadly just vanished. The album was a great slab of classic thrash done the Bay Area way. Conny later joined Hexenhaus, Dry Dead River and retro rockers Galaxy Safari. He also went into production and has written material for a Sorcerer reunion album, plus he has released solo material in a different vein. Ulf joined Rosicrucian, but later on became a high-profile soccer trainer. In 2005 the band reunited for a one-off show, which was also videotaped and sold by the band as the video 'Then Came The Video'.

Bio by Eduardo Rivadavia
Although it would later evolve into a hotbed of world-class death metal, the country of Sweden enjoyed quite a record of futility when it came to producing quality thrash bands during the genre's 1980s heyday, Mezzrow being a perfect case in point. Already formed sometime after the style's bell curve had begun to decline from its commercial and creative apogee in 1986-1987 (and featuring future Entombed and Hellacopters main man Nicke Andersson in its earliest incarnations), Mezzrow recorded two demos in 1988 and 1989 before securing a deal with local independent Active Records and committing their 1990 debut album, Then Came the Killing, to vinyl. Unfortunately, the biggest compliment paid to bandmembers Uffe Petersson (vocals), Staffe Karlsson (lead guitar), Zebba Karlsson (rhythm guitar), Conny Welén (bass), and Steffe Karlsson (drums) centered on their convincing replication of the Bay Area thrash sound (think: Exodus, Forbidden, Heathen, etc.) as opposed to the rougher, black and death metal-inflected European equivalent of the period (e.g., Sodom, Destruction, Holy Moses), never mind anything remotely original. In light of this tepid response, it wasn't all that surprising when Mezzrow wound up disintegrating not long after the LP's release, and most of the group's musicians quickly faded into ancient history -- except for vocalist Petersson, who went on to front similarly hapless thrashers Rosicrucian, and bassist Welén, who briefly joined top Swedish thrashers Hexenhaus.
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