Exclusively for HeadBangers LifeStyle guitarist, songwriter NICLAS ENGELIN of WE SELL THE DEAD AND IN FLAMES, selected some of his favourite songs which you can find on this week's HBLS Hotlist on Spotify.
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Niclas Engelin and his band We Sell The Dead recently released the second album`Black Sleep', as a follow up of the ambitious debut `Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full' . `Black Sleep' features 10 exciting tracks that are easy on the ears and show influences from classic hard rock [Deep Purple, Black Sabbath], 60s folk and Beatles, a flair of psychedelic and 70s stoner rock. The album also show great compositional craftmanship and musical performance and above all a vibe that comes straight from the heart. The lyrical theme that binds the songs together is about death but displayed in a positive and colourful way. As Niclas puts it: "To us Death isn't the end, we just pass on to something different, but we don't know what that is yet.'' Life flies by when you are having fun. How does Niclas make sure he lives life to the fullest? "To be honest, as long as my kids are healthy, I have my amazing wife by my side and I can write music, play in great bands, feel healthy, happy and motivated, I am happy and that is what living a great life is to me. Through my Instagram I simply want to entertain people by posting funny pictures, simple and fun and I definitely don't aim to look as pretty as possible. On the contrary, hahaha''
Niclas is not only a busy man, playing and composing music, he also hosts his own radioshow `Hemma Hos Engelin’ on pirateradiorock.se, every Friday evening [21:00-22:00 CET]. On which Niclas comments: ,,They approached me last summer to do my own vinyl show. At first I wasn't too excited but as soon as I was told I could do whatever I wanted, play the music I love, invite guests, talk as much as I want and even burping, I went for it. The first two shows I played songs of my old time favourite bands like Mercyful Fate, Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead, Judas Priest, right away. Doing this show is very relaxing and I felt at home in the studio at once. I love doing this!''
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