AATR UK Premier – Transport League – Kaiserschnitt Official Video6th August 2021
About to release their new album “Kaiserschnitt” (out August 27th), Swedish steamrollers TRANSPORT LEAGUE unveil the title track of the record, as their new single and video. It’s the kind of song that could only come from the Swedish crew: groovy AF, with a ballsy sense of melody and an anthemic chorus.
Vocalist/guitarist Tony Jelencovich comments about the song: “Sometimes things in life happen so sudden almost in a state of emergency. It requires a strong mind, decisions have to be made quickly, it could be a matter of life and death. The wound will heal but the scars will remain”.
There’s something irreversible about going full-speed on a highway. Every split second counts for the decisions you’re making, every mile running below your feet is left behind and can’t be repeated, not on that trip, not on that moment. Transport League career is, in many ways, a speed-running drive on the highway. The Swedes never looked back since, in 1994, they were formed by ex-B-Thong vocalist Tony Jelencovich. In the following decade, they released four albums, one EP, run through the world in tours, and got their “Swedish groove metal from hell” tag from experience, talent, and from impressive shows, from which the more vibrant were Hultsfred Festival (1997) and Dynamo Festival (1998).
“Boogie From Hell” was also the title of the Transport League comeback album in 2013, after a brief pit stop. The engines were running again and Tony and the boys seemed to be back at full speed, with four more studio albums dispatched until 2000 (with an average speed of a record every second year). Live appearances highlights included Gothenburg Sound Festival (2014), Getaway Rocks Festival (2015), Close-Up Cruise (2018), a European tour supporting a Pale Horse Named Death (2019), and a mythical US Tour which included Milwaukee Metal Fest in 2000, alongside bands such as Entombed and King Diamond. All was running full-speed for TL… Until pandemics broke.
“The pandemic struck us hard just like it did to the whole music business & live scene”, Tony Jelencovich admits. But, never a band to bow down to adversity, Transport League kept moving forward, even with the road behind them bursting into flames. “At the end of April 2020 we decided to wrap up our songwriting sessions and drag ourselves into the studio”, the vocalist and guitar player states. The result is “Kaiserschnitt”, a collection of songs with the Transport League trademark, but with the new urgency of the times we’re all living so desperately. “The 11 tracks breathe a lot of live-take energy and with some moody breakdown tracks as well. The album has a Transport League signature all over!”
“Kaiserschnitt”, with all its moods and different rolls, had some space for Transport League friends to step in as well. Sal Abruscato (ex-Type O Negative, A Pale Horse Named Death) helped colour the groovy track “March, Kiss, Die”, while Christian Sture (Heal) paid his dues to the hellish groove kings with a guest appearance in the title track. All in all, valuable contributions to a groovy, energetic, and catchy album that has Transport League rock’n’roll signature all over!
“Kaiserschnitt” will be released in digital, LP, and CD formats by Mighty Music on 27th August 2021.
Tony Julien Jelencovich: vocals, guitar
Peter Hunyadi: lead guitar
Dennis Österdal: bass
Mattias Starander: drums