Passenger's roots extended back to 1995, when Niclas Engelin and
Patrik Sten decided to form a side project a shade different
from the thrash/death styles that the two were playing.
With their respective work in
requiring attention, the project was shelved for a time, but
revived a few laters, fleshed out by fellow
Hĺkan Skoger and
vocalist Anders Fridén, and by 2000 the first demo was recorded,
eventually followed by the self-titled debut album in 2003.
True to their early vision, Passenger
retains some of the
aggression, and at least some of the styles, of the members'
main bands, but also injects melody and a fair degree of
Others have labelled the album as nu-metal, melodic death, or
alternative metal, and it is really none of the three, but perhaps
a mixture of the three.
fans who weren't pleased with some of the modern touches on their later
probably weren't be happy with this album,
as at times it sounds like some of those influences have been
heightened and further developed on Passenger
But this was a well-thought-out album, and there was clearly an
audience for this.
Work had commenced on a second album but this never came to pass.
Reviews: Lords Of Metal
- In Reverse
- In My Head
- For You
- Just The Same
- Carnival Diaries
- I Die Slowly
- Eyes Of My Mind
- Anders Fridén
- Niclas Engelin
- Hĺkan Skoger
- Patrik Sten