Today a new TRANSPORT LEAGUE single, taken from their eagerly awaited upcoming new studio album, is released. “Me The Cursed” is a tormented song, with a structure not-so-usual in the TL camp. However, the progression of the song, the first lines, where a “cursed” Jelencovich speaks his battered mind like ever before, all set a path to one of the heaviest riffs on the Swedes’ career. And it’s BIG!
“”Me The Cursed” is a reflection of the daily struggles in life”, Tony Julien Jelencovich, Transport League vocalist and guitarist, comments. “All the boundaries that you endure, all the choices that you make, stain your mind & soul in a good or a bad way. You might be torn, you might be tattered, but you are still standing and you are always cursed”.
“Me The Cursed” is released today on all streaming services (listen here) and in an lyric video that can be seen in our media partners for its premiere.
There’s something irreversible about going full-speed on a highway. Every split second counts for the decisions you’re making, every mile running below your feet is left behind and can’t be repeated, not on that trip, not on that moment. Transport Leaguecareer is, in many ways, a speed-running drive on the highway. The Swedes never looked back since, in 1994, they were formed by ex-B-Thong vocalist Tony Jelencovich. In the following decade, they released four albums, one EP, run through the world in tours, and got their “Swedish groove metal from hell” tag from experience, talent, and from impressive shows, from which the more vibrant were Hultsfred Festival (1997) and Dynamo Festival (1998).
“Boogie From Hell” was also the title of the Transport League comeback album in 2013, after a brief pit stop. The engines were running again and Tony and the boys seemed to be back at full speed, with four more studio albums dispatched until 2000 (with an average speed of a record every second year). Live appearances highlights included Gothenburg Sound Festival (2014), Getaway Rocks Festival (2015), Close-Up Cruise (2018), a European tour supporting a Pale Horse Named Death (2019), and a mythical US Tour which included Milwaukee Metal Fest in 2000, alongside bands such as Entombed and King Diamond. All was running full-speed for TL… Until pandemics broke.
“The pandemic struck us hard just like it did to the whole music business & live scene”, Tony Jelencovich admits. But, never a band to bow down to adversity, Transport League kept moving forward, even with the road behind them bursting into flames. “At the end of April 2020 we decided to wrap up our songwriting sessions and drag ourselves into the studio”, the vocalist and guitar player states. The result is “Kaiserschnitt”, a collection of songs with the Transport League trademark, but with the new urgency of the times we’re all living so desperately. “The 11 tracks breathe a lot of live-take energy and with some moody breakdown tracks as well. The album has a Transport League signature all over!”
“Kaiserschnitt”, with all its moods and different rolls, had some space for Transport League friends to step in as well. Sal Abruscato (ex-Type O Negative, A Pale Horse Named Death) helped colour the groovy track “March, Kiss, Die”, while Christian Sture (Heal) paid his dues to the hellish groove kings with a guest appearance in the title track. All in all, valuable contributions to a groovy, energetic, and catchy album that has Transport League rock’n’roll signature all over!
“Kaiserschnitt” will be released in digital, LP, and CD formats by Mighty Music on 27th August 2021.
Tony Julien Jelencovich: vocals, guitar
Peter Hunyadi: lead guitar
Dennis Österdal: bass
Mattias Starander: drums