With the release of their single ‘Higher Ground’ earlier this spring, Reach was defining the start of a new musical era and let their listeners into the alluring, ghostlike and gritty world they create around their upcoming new album. Following their previous single they are now releasing ’The Law’, a song about the evil machinery of mankind. Nothing escapes the law and no one steps above it.

Giving a comment on the upcoming release Ludvig Turner, the singer, guitar player and songwriter of the band says:
The title of this song states the obvious subject. It’s fascinating and terrifying how we created these specific rules to streamline our behaviour towards authority and community. For the greater good? That’s the point, right? But for whose greater good? The Law is not about ”a law” but a song dedicated to the broken and corrupt states around the world. It calls to look up and see what kind of controlling systems and oppressive structures that govern us, without being written down in any book of law legally speaking, but rather is something fundamental that goes back thousands of years in human history. These are laws that are created by us, but do not belong to us and do not exist for our sake.

Releasing ‘The Law‘, Reach leads their listeners into an era of explosive intimacy with songs wrapped in a veil of mystery and playfulness telling stories about love, death and emotion in severe conflict with each other.

Talking about writing the song, Turner says: “I’m the escape, salvation, the mother of lies” was the first line that came to me. I was noodling in at home with my guitar and made this riff that just sounded evil and industrial. Sometimes I write music to a lyric or the other way around but this riff really helped me get these lyrics down.

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Reach was founded in 2012 and is a power trio consisting of Ludvig Turner, Marcus Johansson and Soufian Ma´Aoui. During their eight years as a band, they have released albums praised by critics and met audiences from stages around Europe. Reach is defined by strong melodies and original song writing – they are keen to constantly be under development and chasing a sound that is exciting and unique.

The band members playfulness and mutual trust gives the trio freedom to offer explosive, intimate live shows with a lot of free improvisation. In February Reach gave a sold-out show at the Fryshuset, Stockholm with rock bands H.E.A.T and Crashdïet followed by a performance at Trädgårn, Gothenburg. In December, they embark on an extensive European tour together with H.E.A.T and supported by Deaf Rat. Out on the roads they bring an explosive repertoire full of new songs.

The Law‘ is released May 22 on Icons Creating Evil Art.

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Review: Reach  – The Great Divine

Sun Hill (February 23rd 2018)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy 

Swedish rockers Reach are back with ‘The Great Divine‘, and with Soufian Ma´Aoui (Houston) taking over Bass duties. Anyone expecting the new material to sound like 2015’s ‘Out To Rock‘ will be in for a rude awakening. It’s still melodic rock, but it’s got a much deeper and in places darker vibe to it, which also makes it a very interesting album. Produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T.) along with Ludvig and there is a hint of the modern H.E.A.T. sound in the intro to ‘You Say‘, but that’s where the comparison ends.

Ten tracks are on offer here and thankfully they are not very easy to label, Rock for sure, but it’s miles outside of the of the bounds of the flood of Scandinavian Melodic Rock that we have seen in recent years, so far outside that in fact that this is possibly one of the most original pieces of work in quite some time.  The reality is that at times Reach flirt with Progressive Rock, elsewhere we see a much more pop orientated Rock, and it’s all very fluid.

The album won’t actually sink in for quite some time, there are places and passages that render slightly differently on each subsequent listen, in the more poppy tracks there can be a slight hint of a heavier more musically serious version of Fall Out Boy, or 30 Seconds To Mars. Some of the more progressive tracks are almost veering towards Leprous. How it all blends and fits together I’m not 100% sure but it does. Perhaps this album is confusing me a little, but I want to listen to it again to figure out where it’s going, and in itself that is a success right there. There is an aggression in places in Ludvig’s vocals that wasn’t present previously and it suits this new style very well. Drums as always from Marcus are bang on, so solid and as you would expect from a musician of Soufian’s quality the Bass through the album ranges from thumping through subtle, and the guys sound like they have been together for many years.

Highlight for me is definitely ‘One Life‘, and it doesn’t fit into the general pattern elsewhere, it’s a pop rock track that could be massive on radio if it gets the right exposure, a slightly haunting element to it. Elsewhere this is followed up by an upbeat and pumping track in ‘Running On Empty‘ and it’s different again, everywhere you turn the feel and style changes. To me ‘Shame‘ is another stunner, a little more progressive in style, with the keyboard accompaniment dragging the song in along with the bass riff and it just builds as it progresses, great stuff. Pick any of the ten tracks and they have their own merits, adding to the overall sound.

Reach have taken a massive risk in some minds moving so far away from what they’ve been known for to date, but it’s a massive step forward, this album is not quite the finished article, but if this is the path they have chosen then the next release will be truly epic. ‘The Great Divine‘ provides thought provoking ideas, music that forces you to not only listen to it but to think about it. Bravo Reach, whether the previous fan base wishes to join you on this journey only time will tell, but one listener here will certainly be sticking with it, and many more will be added, please give this one time to seep in, it deserves full attention and gives back in bucket loads. Excellent album.

 

Swedish melodic hard rock band Reach, have released ‘Running On Empty‘ music video. The track is taken from the new album ‘The Great Divine‘, out in Japan on February 21st and globally on February 23rd, 2018. The album was recorded at Rocksta Sound Studio, produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T) and mixed by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Avatar, etc).

The new material consists of 10 songs written by Ludvig Turner ranging from the modern up-tempo ‘Running On Empty‘ to the spooky ‘Nightmare‘, the moody ‘River Deep‘, the catchy ‘One Life‘ and the straight forward hard rock tune ‘Into Tomorrow‘ that sets the opening for the album.

Tracklist:

  1. Into Tomorrow
  2. The Great Divine
  3. Live or Die
  4. Nightmare
  5. Off the Edge
  6. One Life
  7. Running on Empty
  8. Shame
  9. You Say
  10. River Deep

Line-up:

Ludvig Turner (Guitars & Vocals)

Marcus Johansson (Drums)

Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass)

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Swedish melodic hard rock band Reach, have released a lyric video for the song ‘You Say‘. The track is taken from the new album ‘The Great Divine‘, out in Japan on February 21st and globally on February 23rd, 2018. The album was recorded at Rocksta Sound Studio, produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T) and mixed by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Avatar, etc).

The new material consists of 10 songs written by Ludvig Turner ranging from the modern up-tempo ‘Running On Empty‘ to the spooky ‘Nightmare‘, the moody ‘River Deep‘, the catchy ‘One Life‘ and the straight forward hard rock tune ‘Into Tomorrow‘ that sets the opening for the album.

Tracklist:

  1. Into Tomorrow
  2. The Great Divine
  3. Live or Die
  4. Nightmare
  5. Off the Edge
  6. One Life
  7. Running on Empty
  8. Shame
  9. You Say
  10. River Deep

Line-up:

Ludvig Turner (Guitars & Vocals)

Marcus Johansson (Drums)

Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass)

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Swedish melodic hard rock band Reach is back – now as a power trio with a new album and video. First song to be revealed is the album title track ‘The Great Divine‘ and will be available on all digital platforms on Friday December 22nd. It’s accompanied by a video telling the story about the thin line between making it and breaking it.

The new material consists of 10 songs written by Ludvig Turner ranging from the modern up-tempo ‘Running on Empty‘ to the spooky ‘Nightmare‘, the moody ‘River Deep‘, the catchy ‘One Life‘ and the straight forward hard rock tune ‘Into Tomorrow‘ that sets the opening for the album.

Tracklist:

  1. Into Tomorrow
  2. The Great Divine
  3. Live or Die
  4. Nightmare
  5. Off the Edge
  6. One Life
  7. Running on Empty
  8. Shame
  9. You Say
  10. River Deep

The album was recorded at Rocksta Sound Studio, produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T) and mixed by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Avatar, etc). The album will be released in Japan on February 21st and globally on February 23rd, 2018.

Line up:

Ludvig Turner (Guitars & Vocals)

Marcus Johansson (Drums)

Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass)

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Swedish hard rockers Reach are back – now as a power trio with a brand new album just recorded and mixed. The album has been produced by Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), and Tobias Lindell (EuropeAvatar, etc.) mixed the album. With a modern sound and strong melodies showcasing the bands abilities this new album called ‘The Great Divine‘ will take the listeners by storm. Reach‘s new album is due for release in 2017.

The new material consists of ten songs written by singer and guitar player Ludvig Turner ranging from the heavy opening track ‘Into Tomorrow‘, the spooky ‘Nightmare‘ and the modern and catchy ‘Running On Empty‘ to the radio friendly ‘One Life‘. More titles and album cover revealed in near future.

Lineup:

Marcus Johansson (Drums)
Ludvig Turner (Guitars & Vocals)
Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass)

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Swedish melodic hard rockers Reach have released a official tour video of the song ‘Coming Home‘ from the Reach debut album ‘Reach Out To Rock’. The video was filmed during the ‘Reach Out To Europe‘ tour this September and October 2015.

Reach was put together in 2012 by drummer Marcus Johansson and guitarist Ludvig Turner. Together they started looking for band members to complete the group, and found the remaining band members in bass player David Jones and vocalist Alex Waghorn. Among the first thing Reach did to reveal this new rock band was to arrange a hard rock cover of Avicii’s super hit ‘Wake Me Up‘ in August 2013. A huge success and about one year later the video has over 1.000.000 views AND still counting.

Reach’s music can be described as classic rock with strong melodies and hooks, complemented by their youth energy. You can hear influences from WhitesnakeScorpionsEurope and Gary Moore in the songs. Ludvig also put the melodic rock on the map in Swedish television in 2014 by making his own interpretations of major hits and being among the final four in the Swedish Idol contest.

The band released early 2014 a single Black Lady‘ to show their song writing abilities and proved not being just a cover band. In December 2014 having secured a deal with Sun Hill Production they released a first single ‘You Called My Name‘ from the album “Reach Out To Rock”.

Reach released their debut album, ‘Reach Out To Rock’, on March 4, 2015 via Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records.

Despite their young age, Reach are already experienced festival performers, having played festivals as HRH (UK),Frontiers (IT), Väsby Rock (SE), Skogsröjet (SE).

Reach are:
Alex Waghorn – Lead Vocals
Marcus Johansson – Drums
Ludvig Turner – Guitars
David Jones – Bass

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Swedish hard rockers REACH will release their debut album, “Reach Out To Rock“, on March 4, 2015 via Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records.

“Reach Out To Rock” track listing:

  1. You Called My Name
    02. Fortune & Fame
    03. Tell Me
    04. We Are
    05. Someone Like You
    06. The Beast
    07. Make Me Believe
    08. Reach Out
    09. Looking For Love
    10. Coming Home

The album was mixed by sound maestro Pontus Norgren from Hammerfall and Poodles. Recorded & produced by Erik Modin & Johannes Hennoks. Artwork design by Morgan Hassel.

In March 2015 the band will join Gus G on his Swedish tour as well as Eclipse on their UK tour – and not to forget a slot on HRH AOR FESTIVAL.

REACH are:

Alex Waghorn – Vocals
Ludvig Turner – Guitars
David Jones – Bass
Marcus Johansson – Drums

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REACH was put together in 2012 by drummer Marcus Johansson and guitarist Ludvig Turner. Together they started looking for band members to complete the group, and found the remaining band members in bass player David Jones and vocalist Alex Waghorn. Among the first thing REACH did to reveal this new rock band was to arrange a hard rock cover of Avicii’s super hit ”Wake me up” in August 2013. A huge success and about one year later the video has over 1.000.000 views AND still counting.

REACH’s music can be described as classic rock with strong melodies and hooks, complemented by their youth energy. You can hear influences from Whitesnake, Scorpions,Europe and Gary Moore in the songs. Ludvig also put the melodic rock on the map in Swedish television in 2014 by making his own interpretations of major hits and being among the final four in the Swedish Idol contest.

The band released early 2014 a single “Black Lady” to show their song writing abilities and proved not being just a cover band. In December 2014 having secured a deal with Sun Hill Production they released a first single “You Called My Name” from the forthcoming album “Reach Out To Rock”.

Despite their young age, REACH are already experienced festival performers, having played festivals as HRH (UK), Frontiers (IT), Väsby Rock (SE), Skogsröjet (SE).

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