• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Lykantropi, Summernights


Het Zweedse Lykantropi laat ons genieten van de perfecte song voor deze zalige, zachte zaterdagavond. Verleidelijke harmonieën, gedrenkt in een folkrock sfeertje uit de jaren '70, vertellen mysterieuze verhalen. Groovy gitaarriffs, het gebruik van een betoverende 'flute' en die mooie vocale harmonieën zorgen voor een dromerige zomernacht. Geniet ervan.



ter info From the dark woods of Värmland, Sweden, the vintage rock band Lykantropi invites their listeners to their melancholic rock and tales of the deepest forests where the full moon stands at its highest. The enchanting symbioses of female and male vocals delivered with a lycanthropic touch paint mesmerizing melodies that embody the duality of nature; beauty and force, good and evil.

In today’s society the old folk tales can be thought to belong to the delusions of the past. With their groovy riffs and beautiful melodies, Lykantropi takes us via the werewolf transformation back to the rock and folk music of the early 70’s. Sweet harmonies reminiscent of The Mamas & The Papas are layered with electric guitars and flutes into a witch’s brew. A witch brew that also can be compared to other mighty bands such as Jethro Tull, Coven and Blue Öyster Cult. In a world that can feel very far away from a cinematic American west coast with playfulness and total enthusiasm, Lykantropi is an oasis in the desert. Here the mystic of the forests meets the dusty vistas of the steppes, and occultism surrounds us with a purple smoke that takes us from east to west enveloped in Scandinavian melancholy.


Lykantropi was created in 2013 by the singer and guitarist Martin Östlund. In 2017, the band invited their listeners to their own mysterious but yet beautiful scenery when they released their self-titled debut album (Lykantropi), which contains their first hit single ‘Black Old Stone’. The debut album was met with great excitement and has been critically acclaimed from all over the world. The debut album was recorded live in the studio and mastered by Martin Konie Ehrencrona (The Oath, In Solitude, Dundertåget).

In May 2019, the band released the follow-up album 'Spiritousa' that kept the spirit of their previous album and they got praised from all over the world again, there among Sweden Rock Magazine and Aftonbladet (the biggest daily newspaper in Sweden) to name a few. The album contains the mighty singles  'Wild Flowers' and 'Vestigia'.

In the beginning of 2020, Despotz Records re-released both albums as deluxe editions (physically) with new exclusive material, and therefore brought one of Sweden's best-kept secrets out to the world!

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