Finland in swedish, Kuriren April 2007
Reviewed by Tim Holden
Finnish muso Antell has been around for a while with a large number of albums to his name - as well as some great art and a software company! 'Box Americana' (released in 2000) marked his move from straight electro dance to a more rock orientated sound and is full of interesting twists and turns. This album keeps interest going right to the last track. The guitar sounds are sometimes reminiscent of the Gillan Band and he uses atmospheric sound samples to set the scene for some songs or give an Art Of Noise feel here and there. Covering topics from where has the Gospel gone in American life through to how TV and films have captured a generation, the songs ask loads of questions and start pointing to God for the answers without ever trying to ram the theology down your throat. A well produced album with a nice touch of quirky humour.
The Phantom Tollbooth Saturday 17th 2007
LUNA PARK review in english on the PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH press this link for the entire review!
Whoa nelly! Ben Antell Band is an indy-rock band from Sweden (they sing in English) that have created a blessedly warped and catchy bunch o' tunes on Luna Park. This album is a flat out blast...a rough and tumble mix of psychedelic/classic rock sounds from Hendrix, Zeppelin, T. Rex, and the Beatles dropped in a blender and mixed with indy sensibilities and various odd instruments (kantele, violin, cello, landoline, Hohner clavinet, harp, rain stick, and the ominous Crash of Doom). I like the way this band thinks and executes...according to the liner note this CD was created "by the two founding members of The Ben Antell Band, while the rest of the band were on vacation." Sixten Sandvik pounds the acoustic drums, and Antell plays all other instruments. The production is decidedly lo-fi...and the music and lyrics a huge amount of fun.
Do yourself a favor and check out for musical thrills and chills a bit unlike anything you have heard recently. And you gotta' love titles like "What a Beautiful Dei," "Piccolo Bell Boy," "Camel Race - Helter Skelter Days," and the ever popular "Really Hidden Track."
Check out the band: http://www.antell.com
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Vasabladet Thursday 28th December 2006
An in depth LUNA PARK review in swedish .
Cross Rhythems Friday 17th November 2006
Finland's Ben Antell Band release 'Lunar Park' album
| Automata 5.0 Review by Richard Maaranen,
Liquid Elevator - demo (independent, 2003)
Liquid Elevator was one of the most appealing newcomers on the Escape
the Furnace 3& 4 compilation with the industrial groove rock track "Climb Position Maximum".
Behind Liquid Elevator is Benjamin Antell, whose upbringing in Australia, Sweden, and Finland
contributes to his original sound. The seven tracks on this demo of industrial remixes (or
"demixes" as he calls them) are mostly derived from his solo electronic pop release Box
Americana with the assistance of Michael Waegar and Australian female singer Jane Kitto.
Vocals, all in English, vary noticeably from track to track as Benjamin experiments with
chord clashes and the manipulation of samples from both singers. There is a guitar crunch
throughout which has more of a blues rock flavor with its groove and squeals than the
power chords of the metal genre. Intermixed with all of this are pounding dance beats and
mechanical percussion making a formal full-length something for industrial fans to look
forward to. (RM)
An interview with Benjamin Antell by: William Lynch 1-08-19
"We are playing "THERE'S A GOD IN MY GARAGE"
and our audience loves it!!!,
W.I.T.R. 89.7FM, New York
"Weird tunes, great rhythms...",
FUTURE MUSIC MAGAZINE, England
"A reviewers nightmare. Interesting and refreshing.
Electronic and traditional but damn diverse!",
SUB MAGAZINE, Belgium
The Phantom Tollboth, USA
"If you enjoy listening to Beck, Passafist, and Situation Taboo,
then you'll probably enjoy this record."
By Joe Rockstroh (09/03/98)
The Phantom Tollboth, USA
New review -99: Combined with a further few tracks,
this CD is evidence of a genius at work.
If only this release could get major distribution in North America,
it would definately inject some much needed new blood into the works.
By John Vanden Heuvel (1/23/99)