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The new studio-album "Thirst" is out! 
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Record-deal signed with White Knight Records UK

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The long lasting friendship of lead guitarist Stefan and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Per goes way back to the early 80's when they were about seven or eight years old. Their meeting, however, had nothing to do with music. They were both on the same handball team and have been friends ever since. Growing up they found they shared a burning passion for music and formed their first band, "Snigeln välter", in their teens. The emphasis of the music in these days was put on hard rock and heavy metal.

In "gymnasiet" (the Swedish equivalent to high school) Per met keyboard player Johan through mutual friends. They gelled instantly and Per persuaded Johan to join the band as well. In their late teens they felt it was time to make some money off of the music so they started playing cover-songs on the live circuit of south western Sweden (pubs, clubs, parties etc.) with great success. To this day they are still performing in this manner (under the "Stämband"-moniker) and have been doing so since 1992.

The Salva-project had been the brain-child of Per for many years but it didn't become a reality until 2003 when he, Johan and Stefan decided to form the band. As a three-piece with Per handling the bass-playing, drum programming and percussion in addition to his regular instrument arsenal they started recording what was to become their debut album.

"A handful of earth" was released on Perand KB Records in the autumn of 2004 and instantly started getting very favorable reviews throughout the prog rock community. Distribution deals were soon struck with Caerllysi Music in the UK, Progress Records in Sweden and Big Balloon Music in the US and sales took off from there.

In 2005 the three decided it was time to start working on their second album. The initial plan from the start was for Salva to be a "full band" which resulted in the quest for a permanent drummer and a permanent bass player. They didn't have to look far. Johan's younger brother, Fredrik is a gifted bassplayer who had been playing with Johan, Stefan and Per in other constellations and drummer Lasse is an old school friend whos musical path has crossed the others several times as well. They both agreed to join the band and work began on what was to become "Left to burn".

The writing, once again mostly done by Per but with occasional musical assistance from Stefan, went pretty smoothly but the recording sessions proved to be quite tormenting. With tons of technical problems and several changes in studio locations and recording technicians the band decided to finish the recordings on their own in their own studios.

"Left to burn" was finally released in July of 2007 to great critical acclaim. The album saw Salva becoming more mature in sound and composistion, exploring their symphonic side even more than on the debut. In hindsight, the technical problems of the recordings did take it's toll on the overall sound of the mix which might not have reached the standard of the band's high ambitions. The song material on the album however is pure Salva quality.

Although the writing of Salva's third album started almost immediately after "Left to burn" had been released, it was to take 4 years until the follow up, "Thirst", would see the light of day. This had nothing to do with writers block, recording difficulties or general laziness though. The reason for this was that "grown-up life" came in the way in form of marriages, children, houses, pets and Volvo's. ;-)

Finally, as we enter September 2011, "Thirst" is ready to be released and the band truly hopes that their supporters are still out there because this record is by a large stretch the best they have ever done.

As always, it's very hard to put labels on music, especially when looking at it from "the inside", but the closest would probably be to describe Salva's music as symphonic hard rock with occasional folk tendencies and maybe a splash of jazz once in a while. The focus of Salva's music is always on melody first and foremost but they are certainly no strangers to technical flash or hard riffing if the moment is right.

Call it prog rock, call it neo prog, call it hard rock...hell, call it muzak...at the end of the day we just hope you will call it "good music".

To judge for yourself, please click the media-thumbnail above.

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Name: Per Malmberg   

Born: January 1974 in Gothenburg, Sweden                               

Instruments: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, accordion, mandolin and percussion.                                                                            

Equipment: Fender Telecaster electric guitar / Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar / Fender Strat electric guitar / Seagull 12-string acoustic guitar / Tanglewood 6-string acoustic guitar / Alhambra spanish acoustic guitar / Roland RS50 synthesizer / Yamaha EX7 synthesizer / Emu Vintage Keys synthesizer / EMU Proteus 2000 synthesizer / Arturia Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, ARP 2600 V, CS80 V and Analog Factory software synthesizers /
GForce Mtron, Minimonstra, Oddity and impOscar software synthesizers /
Korg Legacy collection software synthesizers / Native Instruments B4, B4II,  
Pro-53, Absynth, FM7 and FM8 sofware synthesizers / Novation V-Station software synthesizer / Waldorf PPG Wave software synthesizer / Golden Cup accordion / Gerdin mandolins / Latin and CP percussion / Fender amplifiers.

Likes: Music, movies, my friends, the opposite sex, the occasional pint of beer or glass of red wine                                                           

Dislikes: Dishonesty, intolerence and jogging (but it has to be done).

Favorite music: Jethro Tull, Marillion, The Beatles, Genesis (70's of course), Yes, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Kansas, Pain of Salvation, The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Spock's Beard, Neal Morse solo, IQ......I could go on and on....

Favorite chord: E minor


Name: Johan Lindqvist   

Born: April 1974 in Gothenburg, Sweden                               

Instruments: Keyboards                                                                            

Equipment: Ensoniq TS12 synthesizer / Roland RD700 SX synthesizer / Yamaha EX7 synthesizer / Emu Vintage Keys synthesizer / Emu Proteus 2000 synthesizer / Yamaha digital electric piano / Arturia Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, ARP 2600 V, CS80 V and Analog Factory software synthesizers /
GForce Mtron, Minimonstra, Oddity and impOscar software synthesizers /
Korg Legacy collection software synthesizers / Native Instruments B4, B4II,  
Pro-53, Absynth, FM7 and FM8 sofware synthesizers / Novation V-Station software synthesizer / Waldorf PPG Wave software synthesizer. 

Likes: Music, sports, women, going clubbing.

Dislikes: Dishonesty, people talking behind other people's backs, terrorism and ruccola salad. 

Favorite music: Rarely listen to music actually. Any kind of groovy music with strong melodies and lots of pop sensibility

Favorite word: Maintenance


Name: Stefan Gavik 

Born: January 1973 in Gothenburg, Sweden                               

Instruments: Guitars                                                                            

Equipment: Gibson Les Paul Custom electric guitar / Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar / Jackson electric guitar / Fender Strat electric guitar / Alhambra spanish acoustic guitar / Marshall amplifiers

Likes: A lot of things

Dislikes: Also a lot of things but hopefully not as many as I like.

Favorite music: Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne solo, Deep Purple, System of a down etc.

Favorite sword: Broadsword


Name: Lars "Lasse" Bolin

Born: May 1973 in Mölndal just outside Gothenburg, Sweden                          

Instruments: Drums and percussion.

Equipment: Tama and Premier drums / Zildjian and Meinl cymbals / Latin and CP percussion.

Likes: Music, food, my wife and my daughter

Dislikes: Feta cheese and war

Favorite music: Ben Folds (Five), Paolo Mendonca, Diana Krall and Jamie Collum

Favorite board: Cardboard


Name: Fredrik "Figge" Lindqvist

Born: 1980 in Varberg, Sweden                               

Instruments: Bass.

Equipment: Fender "Jazz Bass" electric bass guitar / Ibanez SDGR electric bass guitar / Ampeg amplifiers.

Likes: Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll....oh, and a bit of sports

Dislikes: Dishonesty, suck-ups and the Canary Islands

Favorite music: Too much to mention...Queen, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Guns'n'roses, Soundgarden, Prince etc.

Favorite Lord: Jon

















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