Reunited and returned vigorously after more than four years of silence. Founded in the early 1990s, the band describes their musical style as “a non-metal rap-rock hardcore crossover with vague industrial influences,” style brought to light by a group of musicians with very different personalities but who have remained together because they love music and because they have found their own style despite the differences of taste. In addition, band members were colleagues working together at the same hospital – Zak Tell, Jocke Skog, Bard Torstensen and Erlend Ottem were colleagues at Rosenlund Hospital in Stockholm.
Their aggressive sound, the energy in songs and on stage, reinforced by verses dominated by current and anti-racist political themes, made them remarked from the beginning. The original demo (“Waste of Time”, “Nigger” and “Profit Preacher”) quickly drew attention, providing them with a place in the Stockholm radio playlist and the curiosity of the MVG Records label . “Nigger” is a controversial anti-racy piece that has aroused a great deal at that time and has brought unexpected visibility. The debut album came in 1990, “Deaf Dumb Blind,” and was greeted by profile criticism and fans – a fact translated into selling over 600,000 copies worldwide. As a result, the band went on tour, climbed the stages of many European festivals and performed with well-known names such as Anthrax or Alice in Chains.
Shortly afterwards, Clawfinger also received several important awards, including two Swedish Grammy Awards received for “Best Hard Rock Band” and “Best Video”.
Their second album, “Use Your Brain” (1995), helped them to consolidate their position, and the group went to sing alongside bands such as Megadeth, Faith No More or Alice Cooper. The number three, “Clawfinger” (1997) marks an enrichment of the musical direction with which the band has accustomed their fans, and this album also features influences from the Middle East or female vocal choirs. The exploration continued on the fourth “A Whole Lot of Nothing,” where besides aggressive voices and riffs, with distortions and effects, new musical elements appear to help enrich and diversify the sound mark.
If “A Whole Lot of Nothing” is remembered for the complexity of the songs, the following one, “Zeros & Heroes” (2003) became widely known due to the controversy of the fact that the album is essentially dominated by a strong criticism of the former US President George W. Bush and military policy following the September 11, 2001 attacks (particularly critical in Step Aside). In addition, the electronic sound and synthesizers present on the former album disappear from “Zeros & Heroes”, being replaced by more complex and melodic riffs. The strong political approach was continued on Hate Yourself With Style, the sixth album that appeared in 2005 and on “Life Will Kill You” (2007).
After short musical silence, Clawfinger returned with a new single, “Save Our Souls” (released in August this year), a song that speaks bluntly about “how Trumpism has overwhelmed the world and turned it into a heartless mud, “according to the band’s description.