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Style AOR

525925_311974058878351_2136692666_nImagine a combination of English hardrock from the 70´s with American AOR, add a blues singer who really sings from the soul, five competent instrumentalists and last but not least, a top class producer. This formula gives you SNAKES IN PARADISE! Snakes in Paradise were a Stockhom based band formed by former Bedlam guitarist Tomas Jacobsson, while the band added a second guitarist,ex-renegade Stefan Jonsson.

In 1993 they released their first single “Love Got Wings” and drummer Fredrik Oberg was replaced by Peter Petersson and the band continue under the moniker of Jet Lag before returning back to Snakes in Paradise. In 1993 they played at “Gods of AOR” a United Kingdom show while they backed up Mark Free.

Inn 1994 they finally released their self-tited debut album. A result of years of songwriting with one intention in mind: to astound everyone. Strong melodies and refrains that will last forever. Melodic hardrock in a classic style. Everything has been composed by the members of the band themselves with some help from Brett Walker and the Deep Purple legend Glenn Hughes on the debut album.

It was after hearing the album ” Nevertheless” by singer / songwriter Brett Walker, that ” Snakes ” realized that this American should be ” there ” man in the studio. Walker had produced half of own album by him self. The rest was produced by David Prater, the man behind the Dream Theater´s magenificent “Images and Words”. You couldn´t hear who produced which song. In other words, please Mr.Walker, come to Sweden you have a album to produce !

The chemistry clicked at once. Six guys with the same goal: To play rock with melodies you remember, without losing heaviness and power. Dynamic hardrock of the kind that is as good on the radio as live on-stage. And it´s right there, live on-stage, that we recommend you check out the group once you have listened to the album. Live are Snakes in Paradise more poisonous than ever, this is a band who believes in the sometimes neglected tradition, that everything must be tight and well-played, nothing should be prerecorded or ” messed around with” and there shouldn´t be a dull moment during the concert.

1999’s Garden of Eden is the band’s second release, whose sound is obviously inspired by Whitesnake’s more radio-friendly material. Words of the english magazine Hardroxx said about the album ” Garden of Eden” “all the hype was true and what we have here is a fine album that encapsulates everything you love about melodic rock “. The album got 9,5 of 10 points.

The release of “Dangerous Love”,came out in May 2002 melled to be their last work. The material is overall full of hooks, lovely harmony vocals and good old melodic hardrock. In 2003 Stefan Berggren left to join Razorback, collaborated with guitarist Rolf Munkes among with ex-Shylock guitarist Chris Heun,, Vanize bassist Marcus Bielenberg and Pierre Fienhold om drums.

Singer Stefan Berggren wound up working with Company of Snakes (a band formed by former Whitesnake members Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, and Neil Murray), Lee Kerslake (ex-Uriah Heep, Ozzy Osbourne), and Razorback, until the band members reconvened in 2016 after a Swedish promoter asked them to play a show at the Rockweekend Festival in Stockholm. Soon after, the band was connected with Frontiers who signed the band for the release of a highly anticipated comeback album. “Step Into The Light” finally arrives in 2018 and sees the band offering a solid and exciting release which once again melds the melodies of classic West Coast AOR of the 80’s with some absolutely exquisite hard rock stylings. Stefan Berggren’s voice is better than ever and the songwriting is just faultless, pure and simple.


– Snakes In Paradise [1994]
– Garden Of Eden [1998]
– Dangerous Love [2002]
– Step Into The Light [2018]

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