Dozer

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This article is about the Swedish rock band. For the engineering vehicle, see Bulldozer. For the fictional character in the movie "The Matrix", see List of minor characters in the Matrix series#Dozer. For the fictional characters Doozers, see Fraggle Rock.
Dozer
Origin Borlänge, Sweden
Genres Stoner rock, stoner metal
Years active 1995–present
Labels MeteorCity
Man's Ruin Records
Molten Universe
Small Stone Records
Associated acts Unida, Greenleaf, Demon Cleaner
Website http://www.dozermusic.com/
Members Fredrik Nordin
Tommi Holappa
Johan Rockner
Olle Mårthans
Past members

Erik Bäckwall
Daniel Lidén

Official Dozer press photo 2008

Dozer is a stoner rock band from Sweden.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Dozer was formed in Borlänge, Sweden in 1995, playing local youth centres and supporting any bands that came to their hometown. In 1998 the band recorded a Split EP with the American band Unida. The EP was originally released by MeteorCity and re-issued in 2005.

Breakthrough and rise to success[edit]

While trying to secure a record deal they sent a demo tape to Man's Ruin Records, a highly influential label in the stoner rock scene at the time. Frank Kozik, the owner of Man's Ruin, was thoroughly impressed and the band quickly recorded an album. In 2000 Dozer released their first album In The Tail of a Comet, which was recorded for only $500. The band's second album Madre de Dios was released on Man's Ruin in 2001 along with a vinyl version on Molten Universe. Man's Ruin Records closed down shortly after the release.

For their third album they worked with top Swedish producer Chips Kiesbye, known for his work with bands such as The Hellacopters. Call It Conspiracy was released in 2003 on the local Molten Universe record label and was well received by the media.[1][2] Soon after the release of the album Erik Bäckwall left the band and was replaced by Karl Daniel Lidén from Demon Cleaner. At this time the band also recorded a video for the single "Rising".

Recent times[edit]

In 2005 Dozer recorded their fourth album Through The Eyes Of Heathens at the Seawolf Studios in Helsinki. The album was released on Small Stone Records with whom they had signed on to earlier that year. The album includes the track "Until Man Exists No More" featuring guest vocals by Troy Sanders of Mastodon. Early in 2006 Lidén left the band and was replaced by Olle Mårthans.

Dozer released their 5th album, Beyond Colossal in late 2008, recorded and mixed by Karl Daniel Lidén, and guest vocals by Neil Fallon of Clutch. The band followed it up with a short European tour.

Dozer frequently tours and has played more than 300 live shows spanning several countries. They have toured and played with bands such as Mastodon, Rollins Band, Hellacopters, Spiritual Beggars, Clutch, Unida, Zeke, Nebula, Entombed.

In November 2009 Dozer played what, according to their guitarist Tommi Holappa, could very well be their last show. They went on an indefinite hiatus due to vocalist Fredrik Norden going back to school, with the other members continuing with different side projects.[3]

On 21 November 2012, the band announced on its website that it was active again, having booked several shows.[4]

Other bands[edit]

Fredrik Nordin, Tommi Holappa, Karl Daniel Lidén and Erik Bäckwall were in Greenleaf.

Johan Rockner and Erik Bäckwall have another band called The Sick. They have released one album, "...and the hell with it!" in 2001 on Molten Universe.

Karl Daniel Lidén has a new band called Vaka, formerly called And Machine Said.. Behold:. They have released one album, "Kappa Delta Phi" in 2008 on Murkhouse Recordings.

Members[edit]

Previous members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Dozer "Supersoul" on Man's Ruin Records, 10" EP (May/2000). 1,500 copies pressed on green vinyl.
  • Coming Down The Mountain (1999, Split EP with Unida)
  • Dozer vs. Demon Cleaner (1998)
  • Demon Cleaner vs. Dozer: Domestic Dudes E.P. (1999)
  • Dozer vs. Demon Cleaner: Hawaiian Cottage E.P. (1999)
  • Vultures E.P. (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "The Phantom" (2000)
  • "Sonic Reducer" (split with Los Natas) (2002)
  • "Day of the Rope" (2002)
  • "Rising" (2003)
  • "Star by Star" (split with Giants of Science) (2004)
  • "Exoskeleton" (split with Brain Police) (2007)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Man Made Mountain" on The Ultimate Fuzzcollection Volume One CD (2004 Fuzzorama Records)
  • A cover of Devo's "Mongoloid" on Sucking the 70's - Back in the Saddle Again (2006 Small Stone Records)
  • "She" on Graven Images, a tribute to The Misfits
  • "Cupola" on Molten Universe Volume one
  • "Mammoth Mountain" A Fist Full of Freebird
  • "Supersoul" Welcome to MeteorCity
  • "Mammoth Mountain" and "Typhoon" on NERVE!
  • "Drawing Dead" on 2KSports NHL 2K7 Video Game

Videography[edit]

  • "Rising" from Call it Conspiracy, edited by Johan Rockner
  • "From Fire Fell" from Through the Eyes of Heathens, produced and edited by Johan Rockner
  • "Empire's End" from Beyond Colossal, produced and edited by Johan Rockner

References[edit]

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