Gauntlet Rule: The Plague Court-2022.

Gauntlet Rule:Heavy Metal from Sweden.


The Caneham HouseSingle2021 Dying for My DreamsSingle2022 By the Gods Who Are NotSingle2022 The Plague CourtFull-length2022.

Peter Svensson
Bass (2019-present)
See also: AnchoriteAssassin’s BladeAtraptorBattle AxisCatacombCult of the FoxFurnaceHeir Corpse OneTo DescendVoid MoonWar MagicStonegriff (live), ex-Extortion, ex-Trap, ex-X-Bow, ex-Devil Lee Rot, ex-Goatess
Rogga Johansson
Guitars (2019-present)
See also: Battle AxisBloodgutCatacombDead SunDown Among the Dead MenEchelonEye of PurgatoryFondlecorpseFormaldehydistFurnaceGhoulhouseGod CriesGrislyHeir Corpse OneHouse by the CemetaryHumanity DeleteJohansson & SpeckmannLobotomy DeptMassacreMegascavengerMetal Against CoronavirusMonstrousNecrogodNever the DeadPaganizerPermaDeathPile of SkullsPutrevoreReekRevoltingRibspreaderRogga JohanssonSevered LimbsStassStygian DarkSvitjodThe Cleaner and Mr. Filth’s Van MurdersThe Dead ColdThe SkeletalThose Who Bring the TortureTo DescendWar Magic, ex-Carve, ex-Demiurg, ex-Eaten, ex-Foreboding, ex-Minotaur Head, ex-Skeletal Spectre, ex-Swarming, ex-Terminal Grip, ex-The Grotesquery, ex-To the Gallows, Disruptor, Troikadon, ex-Banished from Inferno, ex-Graveyard After Graveyard, ex-Sinners Burn, ex-The 11th Hour, ex-Deranged (live), ex-Bone Gnawer
Teddy Möller
Vocals (2019-present)
See also: Loch VostokOne Hour HellThe HiddenWuthering HeightsSodomisery (live), ex-Flagellation, ex-Mayadome, ex-Vivaldis Disciples, ex-Mellow Poetry, ex-Tradore, Anima Morte, Satans Kadaver, ex-F.K.Ü., ex-Hexed, ex-Lou Siffer & the Howling Demons (live), ex-Tormention (live), ex-Detained (live)
The Caneham House
Run the Gauntlet
The Well of Shadows
Runes of the Autumn Witch
Dying for My Dreams
Valley of Thorns
Plague Court
By the Gods Who Are Not
A Choir of Angels
Death Will Be Ours (And Ours Alone)

One thought on “Gauntlet Rule: The Plague Court-2022.

  1. CHAIRTHROWER, June 10th, 2022.

    Gauntlet Rule, which hails from Höör, in Sweden’s Skåne region, is a band I love and hate, for foolish reason only: no matter how many times I spin its ten tracked debut full-length The Plague Court, struggle mightily in pinpointing the vastly experienced trio’s general sound. For starters, front man Teddy Möller sounds like an elegant and gravely version of Fear Of The Dark era Bruce, whilst the rhythmic riffs and high-velocity, at times blast beat with egg beater speed drum beats elevate the dense, none-too-frugal material to a comparatively mild, just-below death metal level of execution and synchronicity. Lyrically and luckily, Cannibal Corpse style grossness is off the menu, its noble Medieval themes not far off from Iron Maiden-esque literacy.

    The tightly confident, 3 Inches Of Blood-meets-Testament evoking chops of Bassist Peter Svensson and lone axe man(iac) Rogga Johansson eschew any kind of ill-fated levity, instead going straight for the throat and throne with opener “The Caneham House” – which serves as atmospheric template for album’s rich, close-to-fifty minute duration. Rogga’s guitar tone sound very modern and crisp, like on 3IOB’s 2004 encroacher Advance & Vanquish, with the battery assuring all manner of varied fills which mechanically jive in a distinct clinical matter – hence, my sole issue. Otherwise, though, some of the songs stick out like a chest thrust bayonet: “Run The Gauntlet”, while still epic and eponymously woven (like a wyvern), belies a rockier, less intricate edge, yet sits in properly following said opener’s regality. The rare string hopping leads on both first tracks simply presage further electrically shook humdingers in one of three reprised singles, “Dying For My Dreams”, another Maiden amplification worth such dreams in darkness.

    A big highlight lies in “Plague Court”‘s thunderously pounding chorus, as the guitar embarks on a rock n’ roll-ish (think 3IOB’s “Rock In Hell”), sliding groove until culminating back unto its rakish primary form. Gauntlet Rule reminds me a lot, as well, of Trenton, New Jersey’s Midnight Hellion, whose recent Kingdom Immortal sophomore breaches similarly rapid, but every bit as thorough and melodic, veils of metal magic.

    It’s a guarantee fans of all genres will meet their match upon glove slap!


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