Szwecja / Sweden
Date of establishing :
Band members:Stefana Nilson
Biography:The hard hitting EBM duo Spetsnaz was formed in Örebro, Sweden in the autumn of 2001 by Stefan Nilsson and Pontus Stålberg. With the powerful vocals, frenetic pounding bass lines and relentless rhythmic assault, Spetsnaz has the aggression and the melody to be the missing link between the heavy scene and the pop scene.
Being fans of the electro genre for many years, both Stefan and Pontus felt there was an emptiness in the EBM scene when the classic bands were replaced with newcomers performing a more technofied EBM called futurepop. The old school style was underrepresented and the new school didn’t exactly excite the boys.
Having performed, both together and separately, in different projects like Octoberland, Volvo 242, Destin Fragile, Lazer Stefanz, Wärk, and PAF, Stefan and Pontus decided to form Spetsnaz and give it 100%.
Inspired by pioneering artists like Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, Die Krupps, and DAF, the duo started to work in studio Downstairs and after a few months, the first four track demo was presented to Swedish labels and promoters. At the same time Spetsnaz launched its official website and interest in the band started to grow.
Spetsnaz performed live in some of the major cities of Germany and Sweden respectively, including Gothenburg and the Scandinavian Alternative Music Awards (SAMA). The live show of Spetsnaz’s has been reported to be as intense and energetic as the music, with Pontus moving all over the stage, screaming on top of his lungs, and Stefan fiercely beating his drum pads.
The duo’s debut album "Grand design" - completed with assistant producer Jouni Ollila (ex Pouppée Fabrikk) and mastering guru Andreas Tilliander - will be released by SubSpace Communications on 28th April and holds 12 tracks of nothing but classic, old school EBM.