Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: Sweden
Label:High Roller Records
Year: 2018

In January 2017 we had posted the Demo Tape by Source via their bandcamp page. We presented them as “Old School Heavy Fuckin’ Metal from Sweden. In the vein of Mercyful Fate, Portrait & In Solitude. Something quite reasonable if you consider the fact that the band’s lineup is : Patrick Dagland on drums (ex-Lamentation, ex-Veternus, ex-Portrait (live), ex-Sepulchral), Richard Lagergren on guitars (ex-Eidomantum, Phantom, ex-Portrait, ex-Hands of Orlac (live), ex-Lukemborg) and Oscar Carlquist on vocals (RAM)”.  But let’s take things from the start. When guitarist Richard Lagergren left Portrait back in 2012, he immediately worked on forming his own band. He called Patrick Dagland, who had been sitting in as a drummer for Portrait (on the 2012 tour). Lagergren had already written three brand new tracks: “Crossroads Calling”, “Let Him In” and “Wither”. These three tracks were never recorded as Richard Lagergren (who is handling guitars, bass and keyboards for Source) wanted to find the perfect vocalist. Oscar Carlquist well known from his work with RAM expressed an interest in recording and possibly singing on the material. During the recordings he would subsequently become a full-time member. But last year he would however leave unfortunately. Now Source has a new vocalist Emil Busk and finally managed to assemble a full performance line-up. What we hear on s/t MCD is actually the demo cassette featuring “Crossroads Calling”, “Let Him In” and “Wither” plus a (probably unusual choice) fourth track by the name of “The Serpent Is Rising”, originally penned by American AOR band Styx in 1973. Source have this riff oriented, with many tempo changes, Heavy Metal that brings in mind Mercyful Fate’s early material. “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae” (Portrait’s finest moment from 2011) is an album that you will find also lots of similarities with this MCD as you will hear common song structure and approaching with N.W.O.B.H.M. legends as Diamond Head and also Angel Witch. The variety of riffs and the soaring vocals (and the usage of falsetto) bring an epic atmosphere that will satisfy listeners of traditional sound . Limited to 666 copies by High Roller Records.

4,5/6