- 2015: ANCHOR "Distance & Devotion" CD/LP out now!
- 2015: ANCHOR "Roads Unknown" - new single out now on Spotify!
March 9 - 2015: Distance & Devotion European tour 2015
- 2015: ANCHOR "Losing Faith" - new single out now!
6 - 2015: Pre-order ANCHOR "Distance & Devotion" CD/LP!
7 - 2014: ANCHOR "Survive" - new single out now!
December 7 - 2014: Message from Gaphals Records!
ANCHOR returns in april 2015 with their third album Distance & Devotion. The album holds 11 tracks built out of frustration, personal struggle, firm convictions and deeply rooted ethics. The band have forged a hard and heavy rock album in Distance & Devotion. Adding more melodys and better arrangment to their already energy filled songs made the new album just as powerfull as the bands liveshows. Being one of Europe´s most outstanding tour machines, ANCHOR founded in 2007, have played over 450 shows on five continents and closing in to 40 countries.
ANCHOR have played festivals as Peace & love, Bylarm, Millencolin Fest, Ieper Fest, New Noise Fest, Summer Blast and Fluff Fest. Have shared stages with Millencolin, The Hives, Madball and Judge and toured with Verse, Trial and Carpathian. ANCHOR is a full steam tour machine. Distance & Devotion was recorded by bandmember Fredrik Forsberg in Fvck Life Studios based in Trollhättan, Sweden.
November 30 - 2014: Message from ANCHOR!
ANCHOR are proud and happy to announce that we will release our first single "Survive" the 2nd of December. The song is taken from our new album Distance & Devotion that will be released on Gaphals. Make sure to not miss out on this and spread the word!
November 15 - 2014: Check out GUST!
GUST have the ANCHOR members Fred and Mattias in their lineup. Plus Claes is doing guest vocals on the album. Make sure to check them out, they're great!
November 13 - 2014: Check out CORRECTION!
September 28 - 2014: Check out ICEBREAKER!
May 3 - 2014: Message from ANCHOR!
Time flies, this band has been around for 7 years now. Sometimes it feels like forever and sometimes it feels like we just started. For the past 3 1/2 years have Ulf been with us and been playing a important role in the band. Since he joined we´ve recorded two full-lengths (Distance & Devotion will be out after the summer) and toured South America, North America, Australia, South East Asia and every corner of Europe over and over again. Through highs and lows, through thick and thin we´ve been out there doing what we love and believe in. Its been a great time for sure! Now Ulf have decided to quit the band, he did his last show with us this Thursday night in Stockholm together with Judge. We are all good friends and wish him the best of luck with his future projects!
February 18 - 2014: Message from ANCHOR!
Please welcome our new drummer Fred to the ANCHOR family! This guy produced and played a whole bunch of instruments on our upcoming album, Distance & Devotion. His talent, energy and passion is incredible! Show some love!
December 31- 2013: Message from ANCHOR!
THANK YOU to everyone who supported us in 2013! This year brought us to our fifth continent - South America, for the first time. This photo is from Verdurada in São Paulo, Brazil - one of the best shows we've ever played! We also played our first shows in the Baltics, and finished the year with the True Spirit tour with our brothers in No Turning Back among others - great times! Oh yeah, we recorded a new record too! Who's excited for 2014?
December 12 - 2013: New merchandise!
Check out the
new cap, beanie, longsleeve, t-shirt, hoodie and tote bag here:
September 30 - 2013: Message from ANCHOR!
Today we started recording our third full length record, titled DISTANCE & DEVOTION, which will be released in 2014. We started this process a year ago and to say we're excited to turn these 10 new songs into a record, is a massive understatement. From this day and two weeks forward, you will find us in Fvck Life studios in Trollhättan, Sweden with Fredrik Forsberg in charge of the recording session. Fredrik is a good friend of the band and we're curious to see how he will put his personal touch to this record.
The process of writing this record has been very different from anything we've done in the past. We've let ourselves take the time we needed to give all the songs justice and make them the best they can be, as well as letting ourselves try every idea we've come up with, no matter how crazy it may have seemed. No stone has been left unturned. This record pays tribute to the records that have shaped us over the years, the music we love - regardless of genre.
RECOVERY took us around the world, and while we're now recording its follow up, quite literally in the backyard of the ANCHOR HQ, we can't wait to get back out there and gig hard, everywhere.
DISTANCE & DEVOTION 2014
September 29- 2013: Message from ANCHOR!
This is our dear friend Carl. Since 2010 he's played the drums in ANCHOR, but recently decided to leave the band. We've had an amazing time with him, and wish him the best of luck in all of his future projects.
This will not affect the future of Anchor, and we're still going into the studio in two days, to record our third album.
Thank you, Carl
September 18 - 2013: THE WAY THEY RUN releases 7"!
Raised in the Swedish hardcore scene, but living in different cities, the members of THE WAY THEY RUN finally got together in a new constellation to create something completely new to all of them. THE WAY THEY RUN is a rock band trying to keep the energy of hardcore alive in both the recordings and live shows. Inspired by acts such as Texas Is The Reason, Tom Petty, Samiam, Title Fight, Bruce Springsteen and harder outfits such as American Nightmare, Neurosis, The Cro-Mags and Black Flag just to mention a few, THE WAY THEY RUN will never forget their roots. With several and several hundreds of shows in almost all parts of the world with bands like Anchor, Guilty, Sista Sekunden, Atlas Losing Grip and more, The members of TWTR are no newcomers when it comes to playing in bands, recording records, playing live shows or touring. But for this project they all felt the need to try something new. What will happen if you mix Claes political lyrics with more emotional subjects and what if you let these two work together to create an even stronger message to the listener? How will Viktor's song writing skills translate into a completely different style of music and what will happen when you mix in Julians aggressive drum playing with all of this? The result is an honest rock record with aggressive guitars, melodic bass lines, hard hitting drums and melodies that will get stuck in your head for the next couple of weeks and that wont give up until it completely decks you.
/ The Way They
August 15 - 2013: IRON releases 7"!
are just about to enter the studio to record the follow up to "Recovery"
there is another new band with people from ANCHOR that you can check out!
They're called IRON and their first 7" is out now! IRON features Carl-Johan
from ANCHOR and is a sex positive, queer, vegan straight edge and vehemently
anti-capitalist hardcore punk band from Malmö, Sweden.
June 22- 2013: PAINTED WOLVES releases 12"!
Check out the
new release from PAINTED WOLVES that is being released next week. PAINTED
WOLVES features Mattias from ANCHOR in case you didn't know.
May 25- 2013: THE WAY THEY RUN - new band with Claes from ANCHOR!
Words from The Way They Run:
Raised in the swedish hardcore scene, but living in different cities, the members of THE WAY THEY RUN finally got together in a new constellation to create something completely new to all of them. THE WAY THEY RUN is an 90's emo rock band trying to keep the energy of hardcore alive in both the recordings and live shows. Inspired by acts such as QUICKSAND, TEXAS IS THE REASON, SAMIAM, JAWBREAKER, TITLE FIGHT and harder outfits such as AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, NEUROSIS, CRO-MAGS and BLACK FLAG just to mention a few, TWTR will never forget their roots.
With a past and present in hardcore outfits such as ANCHOR, GUILTY, ATLAS LOSING GRIP and LIONS DEN TWTR brings you to a place seldom visited in todays music scene, with political - yet emotional - lyrics, aggressive guitars, hard hitting drums and melodies that will get stuck in your head for the next couple of weeks.
Current plans: Write killer songs. Release awesome record. Get on the road.
Words from Black Star Foundation:
So... as some of you already have figured, we are about to release a 7" by new Swedish emo rock band THE WAY THEY RUN. We must say that it's not very often these times that a band plays the most splendid mid 90's emo rock and consists of people sharing exactly the same ethics as us. THE WAY THEY RUN consists of scenesters that have been involved the hardcorescene for many many years, playing in bands like ANCHOR, ATLAS LOSING GRIP, LIONS DEN, SISTA SEKUNDEN etc. We are very much looking forward to September when we will release this piece of vinyl!
March 18 - 2013: Message from ANCHOR!
Hey Everyone! It's our sixth birthday today! In the past year we toured Australia, South East Asia, Did a 5 week long European tour including headlining Fluff Fest. We continued with touring Russia and we did a Support tour for Sea Shepherd through Italy. Add a couple of weekends and festivals to that together with Millencolin, Rihanna, Verse, No Turning Back and couple of other favorites. We've also been writing lots of new songs for our upcoming record which we will focus on during this spring. Not to forget that we just got home from our first South American Tour. So it's been a good sixth year and we're feeling/sounding better than ever!
January 28 - 2013: New release!
Check out this
new ANCHOR release coming soon:
December 27 - 2012: Check out the ANCHOR related bands!
Even though 2012 has been a busy year for ANCHOR, the members of the band managed to come out with various other musical projects as well, which everyone should check out and support!
December 4 - 2012: Message from ANCHOR!
Alright people, that was it for twenty twelve. To each and everyone we've shared hours, minutes, seconds, drops of sweat and tears with this year, we love you.
Tons of mindblowing plans in the making for 2013. Stay tuned!
See you all soon!
December 1 - 2012: Tonight this is happening:
November 25 - 2012: ANCHOR "This heart still beats" documentary!
STILL BEATS: The official documentary of the ANCHOR south east asia
tour in 2012. Filmed and edited by Alex Avasoo & Erik Pettersson. Subtitles
by Astrid Strokirk.
November 8 - 2012: South American tour dates and new merchandise!
are finally going to South America!
They also have some new merchandise available here:
September 17 - 2012: Message from ANCHOR!
We're working on ...something a little special for early november but can't tell you anything yet. Curious? Stay tuned!
Stay tuned for more details and news!
August 20 - 2012: ANCHOR "Recovery" LP (US version) out now!
Words from React! Records:
Recovery is Anchorís second full length, and the bandís debut release on React! records. This is the North American version of the album, with the European version already out on Refuse Records. ...Call it 90's hardcore if you will, and you might be right, but there are hints here and there of the Scandinavian heritage. Whether itís a catchy melody aíla Millencolin, or a crushing riff flirting more with the Swedish death metal scene than anything else, Anchor is bringing it all together nicely on this LP.
July 8 - 2012: Summer tour and new merchandise!
As you hopefully know already ANCHOR are touring Europe this summer. Check out the tour dates below and make sure to support them!
They also have some new merchandise available here:
May 12 - 2012: ANCHOR "Recovery" LP (US version) out soon!
Words from React! Records:
You know, sometimes I look at the REACT! Roster and think, ďMan this is beyond dope, I love every band on hereĒ. Oh shit, here comes another band that makes me beyond excited about HC. ANCHOR is a hardcore band with members spread out all over Scandinavia, yet keeping up a relentless tour schedule, always with an urge to do and see more. Iíve know these guys for years and have the deepest respect for their message, passion, and integrity so Iím amped to have them on the label.
Recovery is ANCHORSís second full length, and the bandís debut release on React! records. This is the North American version of the album, with the European version already out on Refuse Records. Call it 90ís hardcore if you will, and you might be right, but there are hints here and there of the Scandinavian heritage. Weather itís a catchy melody aíla Millencolin, or a crushing riff flirting more with the Swedish death metal scene than anything else, ANCHOR is bringing it all together nicely on this LP. Layout by Kalle Garmark. Check out two songs from Recovery at the REACT! Bandcamp page:
Pre-orders will go up in early June...
January 23 - 2011: ANCHOR tour dates in Australia!
ANCHOR will start this year with a tour in Australia, followed by a trip to South East Asia! Exciting times!!! I wonder what the rest of the year will bring?
YAC, Byron Bay NSW w/ TRAPPED UNDER ICE
See tour dates for the South East Asia tour in the news post below.
December 27 - 2011: ANCHOR tour dates in South East Asia!
Yes, the touring machine known as ANCHOR are heading over to new territories in 2012! South East Asia - watch out!:
Immortal Bar, Bangkok
The greatest record of 2011 is finally out on cassette. I am of course talking about the "Recovery" album with ANCHOR. Get your copy here:
November 20 - 2011: ANCHOR in a car crash!
On November 18 ANCHOR got hit from behind by a speeding car on their way to a gig in Stockholm. ANCHOR's vehicle then crashed into the car in front of them by the hit from behind. Three of five members ended up on hospital but they are all fine now except some aching necks and hurting shoulders. They could actually do their gig as planned the same night in Stockholm and they played yesterday in Sandviken as well as nothing would have happend. Respect!
September 19 - 2011: New ANCHOR merch available!
Check out some
new merch from your favourite band here:
September 16 - 2011: ANCHOR touring Europe again!
ANCHOR, TRIAL & RUN WITH THE HUNTED - SEP/OCT TOUR 2011:
16/09 DE Mönchengladbach
@ Hardcore Help Foundation Benefit Festival
- 2011: "Recovery" released today!
June 14 - 2011: ANCHOR joins React! Records (USA)!
Words from React! Records:
ANCHOR started out in 2007 with the intention to be a vegan straight edge touring machine, and while that is still the case, the band has come to mean so much more. ANCHOR is an outlet for frustration, personal struggle, firm convictions and deeply rooted DIY ethics. For the five individuals in the band, ANCHOR is the outcome of their collective creative mind and serves its purpose as an essential part of their individual lives, as well as hopefully influencing and inspiring others.
ANCHORís work ethics are impeccable. The band has done countless European tours, two tours of North America and all in all about 300 shows in less than four years. With members who have previously spent time in bands with heavy tour schedules, one of ANCHORís main goals is to keep this pace, while spreading a message of compassion and awareness. Even though the band is spread out all over Sweden and Norway, ANCHOR keeps proving to be one of Europeís most active bands.
In a way, 2011 marks a fresh start for ANCHOR with a new line-up and the new full length "RECOVERY", and there are no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
June 08 - 2011: "Recovery" to be released in South America!
Yes, there is actually a fourth label involved in the release of "Recovery". The Buenos Aires based label Vegan Records will do the South American CD-version!
June 06 - 2011: "Recovery" to be released in Australia!
I just found out that the upcoming ANCHOR album will be released in Australia as well. Pee Records will handle the Aussie version and it will be released on CD with digipack cover. Release date: June 2011.
May 29 - 2011: "Recovery" out soon!
Only four years have passed since I held the debut EP ĒCaptivity songsĒ in my hands for the first time. I was really psyched to hear the new band from the singer of SET MY PATH. I remember being blown away totally with Captivity songs, there were some amazing tunes on that piece of plastic, I can tell you. I would, however, not count on the fact that ANCHOR would become one of the most important bands in the 21 st century european hardcore scene.
I mean, it was high quality hardcore songs from start to finish on the EP, but not many hardcore bands manage to keep the dedication to go on. Not many hardcore bands even manage to get to release a fullength album. Not many hardcore bands manage to play 300 shows in four years. Not many hardcore bands have the opportunity to tour across the world over and over again. Not many hardcore bands are ready to offer so much time for what they are doing. To say that ANCHOR is a passionate band is a real understatement. They make things happen. They are what you call dedication.
Here we are, May 2011, the second fullength album is just around the corner. The outcome is called ĒRecoveryĒ and it shows a more diversed side of the band. They've become more melodic, but don't worry, it's still aggressive. Everything you love about this band is here, just imagine it one step further and imagine ANCHOR better than ever and you will get the picture. Yes, you will need this!
I'm curious to see what Recovery will mean for ANCHOR. Where will they be able to travel? How many new kids will they be able to praise? What will it mean for the Swedish/European hardcore scene? What will it do the vegan straight edge movement?
One thing is fore sure, THIS HEART STILL BEATS!
Check out the
discography section for tracklisting etc.
PS. Check out the press release below. Thanks.
"Recovery" press release:
Hailing from the metal and hardcore hotbed of Sweden/Norway, ANCHOR bring a heavy, aggressive hardcore sound with howled vocals and devastating mosh parts, but not without its speed and urgency, taking cues from bands like JUDGE, ENTOMBED, SKITSYSTEM and VERSE. Members have done time in THE SMACKDOWN, BALANCE, DEAD VOWS, DAMAGE CONTROL and SET MY PATH, and their message is one of compassion and awareness.
Close to 300 shows in less than 4 years. Countless european tours, 2 tours of North America and way more to come. Anchor keeps proving to be one of Europe's most active and important bands.
The new ANCHOR-record is a natural progression from their previous work. The new ground they entered with Relations of Violence 7" has been further explored. The outcome is a record that sounds harder, filthier and yet more emotional than anything they done before.
April 12 - 2011: ANCHOR "Recovery" album update!
news about the upcoming ANCHOR album. It's called "Recovery" and will see
the light of day this summer. There's one song from the album available
for download and it sounds really good! Make sure to download it below
or take a listen on the bands bandcamp page.
February 22 - 2011: Lot's of great news!
as we speak, in the studio to record the follow up to the critically acclaimed
debut album "The quiet dance" that came out in 2008. The new album (title
to be announced) will be released by Let it Burn Records and Refuse
Records this summer! Read more about it in the news post below (see
Make sure to
visit swehc.com often, because they will post studio reports from the recording
session. There are already some studio reports published, so make sure
to check them out! Speaking about swehc.com, they also run a fanzine called
& order". They have a new issue coming out soon and it will feature
a massive ANCHOR interview. You will also find short preview of the interview
here as well:
singles collected" LP is out now on State of Mind Recordings! This
album includes the Relations of Violence 7", the songs from the
7" w/ The Kind That Kills and the Captivity songs EP! There
are still some very limited versions available on the State of Mind
There is also
a European tour in the works (June/July 2011)
Last but not
least; ANCHOR have some new cool t-shirt designs for sale here:
PS. I have updated most of the pages on this site, so take a look around, but don't forget to read the news post below first!
February 20 - 2011: News from the Let it Burn Records website:
ANCHOR join forces with LET IT BURN RECORDS!
Even tought the days of Sweden as the No.1 country for hardcore bands are long over, there's still a small but active scene up there. For quite some time ANCHOR have now been the lighthouse of Swedish Hardcore and we feel more than honored to announce that they have just signed a deal with Let it Burn Records.
With almost 300 Shows in 4 years (including two full US tours) and a rear cover of a whole bunch of amazing releases, ANCHOR are now set and ready to release their new album on Let it Burn Records in June 2011.
ANCHOR about the signing "We're very happy to announce that our upcoming, yet to be named, album will see the light of day this summer through LET IT BURN RECORDS. To say that we're excited about this cooperation is a massive understatement. It's a privilege to be working with such a caliber label, one of Europe's longest running, one we've been following for many years and we're anxiously looking forward to see what the future holds for us."
Inspired by the likes of JUDGE, ENTOMBED, SKITSYSTEM and VERSE, ANCHOR have written their most resounding music ever, that shows a natural progression from their last releases. The band describes their new sound as "harder, filthier and yet more emotional than anything we've done before."
The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album: "As we speak we're halfway through a 10-day-session at Studio Bengt, Lund with our friend Gustav Brunn and we already feel like we've outdone all of our previous releases. It feels like we've been moving in a darker and heavier direction. The result this far is mindblowing and we can't bare ourselves to show the world this work."
To cut this short: Everyone at Let it Burn Records can't wait to release this album!
December 11 - 2010: You can now pre-order "The singles collected" LP!
Yes, finally the pre-order is up for the EP compilation! There are some limited editions available as well as new merch. Everyone that pre-orders from the State of Mind Recordings webstore will also have the chance to win a testpress copy of the LP.
Head over to:
November 15 - 2010: US tour November/December 2010!
ANCHOR are heading over to the US in a couple of days. They will tour across the country together with THE RIVER CARD and UNRESTRAINED.
US tourdates November/December 2010:
Mass @ The Flywheel
Mind Recordings will take pre-orders for the upcoming EP compilation
on their webstore very soon. Make sure to check out:
September 22 - 2010: "The singles collected" LP soon up for pre-order!
Yes, State of Mind Recordings says that we soon can pre-order the upcoming EP compilation! Keep your eyes open for pre-order specials at their webstore. Of course I will let you know when it's time spend some cash!
of Mind, they have a sampler out now, free for anyone to download,
called "Hectic thinking sampler" and ANCHOR contributes with the song "Atlantis".
Come back soon for more news. Thanks.
July 24 - 2010: Get the "Captivity songs" MCD for free!
Monument Records are giving away a free copy of the ANCHOR debut MCD "Captivity songs". Just order something else from their webshop and add this item to your cart and this killer MCD will be yours! www.monumenthq.com
July 19 - 2010: News from the State of Mind Recordings website:
ANCHOR "The Singles Collected" LP Is off to press!!!!!! This LP will have a first pressing limited to 600 copies and will include a digital download coupon. We will have this on 3 different colors (number of each color TBA). It will be on Black, Clear Red, and Solid Blue vinyl. Once this is out keep an eye out for ANCHOR will be touring the USA again!!!
For those who donít know ANCHOR, they hail from Sweden and play hardcore in vain of TRIAL, REFUSED, JUDGE, and SNAPCASE. Since day one ANCHOR has been touring the world, they have done USA, Asia, Europe, and more. You may have seen them in the past touring with HAVE HEART, RUN WITH THE HUNTED, VERSE, CARPITHIAN, RITUAL, I RISE, etc. This is some real and true passionate SXE/VEGAN hardcore from one of the most respected and important bands in European hardcore today.
They are on tour all of July in Europe playing with ANOTHER BREATH, NO TURNING BACK, RITUAL, DEATH IS NOT GLAMOROUS, JUST WENT BLACK, FIRST BLOOD, and more.
The track list
is as followed.
July 06 - 2010: Welcome to the unofficial ANCHOR site!
This is strictly a fansite so you can not contact the band through this page. Check out the link-section to go to their official myspace page if you need to get in touch with the band directly.
For all you kids who are not familiar with ANCHOR: they are one of the greatest hardcore bands of the 21st century! The band formed in Gothenburg in 2007 and are at the forefront in the vegan / straight edge / hardcore movement here in Sweden. Read more about them on the biography page.
Here's what's going on right now:
Coming up is a compilation LP including all the tracks from their previous EP's. It will be released by State of Mind Recordings. Also in the works: new full-length album, I can hardly wait for it to be released! The band will soon hit the road again, so go see them if you have the chance!
Thanks for checking out this site! Make sure to come back soon and help me to spread the word!