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Albums Of The Week: Johnossi | Mad Gone Wild

The Swedish duo ponder insanity with the help of pop-rock on their seventh album.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Swedish rock duo Johnossi have returned with their seventh album Mad Gone Wild, a pulse-pounding psychodrama and intimate portrait of a man slipping into insanity.

For guitarist/vocalist John Engelbert and drummer Ossi Bonde, the making of the album involved tapping into their own interior lives while pushing into the furthest reaches of their imagination. “We wanted to explore the dangers of living in your head too much, and ask questions like: ‘Is there an exact point where you go from sane to insane? What is that point? And aren’t we all insane in one way or another?’ ”

Engelbert and Bonde formed Johnossi in their native Stockholm in 2004. After only three shows they landed their first record deal, and with the release of their self-titled debut album they instantly became one of the most influential contemporary acts in Sweden, winning a Swedish Grammy Award and a huge fanbase with their explosive live shows.

Touring still is and has always been the pounding heart of Johnossi. They have spent endless time through the years on the road and on the biggest festival stages around the world. Their devastating sonic armada has ignited stage after stage with Ossi’s ferocious drumming and John’s stunning guitar work and vocals leaving audiences in disbelief that such a powerful show can come from just two musicians. They have now added a keyboard player on stage being a trio only on tour.”