“Fränder is a unique band with a style all their own. If you are a fan of acoustic music and traditional sounds with a modern twist, you owe it to yourself to catch Fränder in action.”
Bryan Williston – spillmagazine

“I would normally be tempted to rate a first recording from a band such as Fränder that’s new to me as “promising”, but the maturity and intelligence displayed here goes way beyond that.”
David Kidman – FATEA

“FRÄNDER, formed in 2015, is a promising – no, not promising, delivering – new name on the scene, fully formed in this debut album.”
Andrew Cronshaw –

“An exceptional musical ability is always present, with each musician, drawing from both folk and classical backgrounds”
Derek Copely –

“They convey their music with a tremendous joy of playing, a powerful energy and, of course, enviable instrumental skills. They captivate their audience.”
Ando Kiviberg, founder of Viljandi Folk Festival and governor of Viljandi county

“Kohati on laulude ülesehitus nagu sümfoonial – järelemõtlikkus ja akadeemilisus vaheldub ülevoolava impulsiivse energiaga.”
Epp Jaansoo –

“Through their music traditions Fränder are creating a solid bridge between the present and the past.”
Margus Haav –

“These four musicians compose with happiness and shares their joy of life with a bouquet full of harmonies and beautiful voices.”
Marc Bauduin – Le Canard Folk

“Doch spraschbarrieren treten bei dem album angesichts der energiegeladenen arrangements und der stimmstarken, harmonisch aufeinander abgestimmten solo- und chorgesänge in den hintergrund.”

“What really excites me is the multitude of melodies, in which all instruments are perfectly matched, and then this feel of time without drums – simply ingenious.”
Sophia Brandt –

“This can truly be described as a steep start of their career.”

“Complex arrangements are performed with extensive musical skills, and especially beautiful are the vocal harmonies due to both lovely voices and an exquisite performance.”
Nils Thorlund –

“Inspired by Estonian and Swedish folk music, this quartet makes their own statement.”
Anders Sandlund –

“A constantly present melancholic touch alongside with an euphoric intensity gives a dynamic range few band can compete with.”
Andreas Jakobsson –

“There is a genial contrast between that dynamic rocky sound and the spot-on singing.”


I Still Breathe 2014



I Still Breathe is a gargantuan debut from a band that is sure to make a big splash on the heavy rock & prog scene. Make sure you don’t miss this one”

(Review by Pete Pardo, Sea of Tranquility)

“Every song is a journey with many winding roads and hills to climb”

(Review by Jacob Dawson, Metal Temple)

“when the metal onslaught gets interspersed with idyllic penny whistle, the effect is truly amazing”

(Review, Let it Rock)

“I think MAD ARTWORK are heading in the right direction based on their debut”

(Review by Matt Coe, Metal Temple)

“If you have a tendency to enjoy the harder edged side of vintage progressive rock, as well as an affection for hard rock bands that has a liberal use of guitar and organ combinations as key aspects of their material, Mad Artwork is a band you should give a check.”

(Review by Olav Martin Björnsen, House of Prog) 

“All instruments are played extremely well. The production is crystal clear. You can hear each instrument clearly. I have listened to this five straight times now and still keep hearing new things”

(Review Prog Archives) 


“Här har vi en grupp som frustar, gormar och rockar till tusen”

(Review by Daniel Reichberg, Sweden Rock)

“Om de fortsätter på den inslagna vägen bör utsikterna vara goda föra att beröra lyssnare på alla kontinenter.”

(Review by Johan Jakobsson, Uppsala Nya Tidning)

 “Mad Artwork är redan nu ett av de mest intressanta svenska banden inom dagens progressiva rock.”

(Review by Stefan Warnqvist, Uppsala Nya Tidning)

 “Det är avgjort så att Mad Artwork rör sig över en färgsprakande palett där ett brett spektrum av nyanser, uttryck och tekniker gör sig gällande”

(Review by Lars Ekenryd, Slavestate)

“både små musikal-inslag och en rejäl dos renodlad 70-talsrock med fötterna djupt rotade i både Led ZeppelinUriah HeepDeep Purple och Rush

(Review. Spader Ess)

“det är så kul med en kvinnlig sångerska som kan riva loss, det behövs lite nytt kvinnligt blod i en ganska mansdominerad genre av musiken”

(Review by Amanda Nanor, Blogger)

“Det finns en god dos riff som kan välta hus och refränger som kan elda på hockeykörer, och ändå vågas det tas många extraturer ut i små och större musikaliska universa”

(Review by Mikael Sörhus, Ljudplåster)

“Musiken växlar mellan partier med vackra, nästan sakrala, lugna melodier och så kommer det utbrott av dånande hårdrock”

(Review by Olle Ekman, Uppsala Music-Lovers)

“Att gruppen innehåller duktiga musiker råder det inget tvivel om, och de kan nå hur långt som helst, speciellt roligt är det att höra Tezzis sång blandas in i detta”

(Review, Grimgoth)


“grandes momentos solistas en diversos instrumentos que se van sucediendo intermitentemente.”

(Review, Metal 4 all)Τα συγκροτήματα που έχουν το επίθετο mad στην επωνυμία τους υποδηλώνουν, και παραδέχονται στην πλειοψηφία τους, μια κάποια εκκεντρικότητά τους.


“Τα συγκροτήματα που έχουν το επίθετο mad στην επωνυμία τους υποδηλώνουν, και παραδέχονται στην πλειοψηφία τους, μια κάποια εκκεντρικότητά τους.”

(Review, Flight of Pegasus)


“nullkitschige Stimme kraftvoll leise Folkmelodien packen, die – gerade was den Gesang Tereses angeht, Gänsehaut über den Rücken jagen. Und wie! Und wenn dann die druckvoll dramatisch rockende Band einsteigt – Wow! Alle Achtung, das geht ins Ohr und will nicht wieder raus.”

(Review, Ragazzi)


“Incontestablement, ce groupe est taillé pour la scène, et ce n’est pas la cadence (au sens “classique” du terme) instrumentale présente sur la plage titre qui nous indiquera le contraire, Mad Artwork retrouvant ici le souffle épique jadis gravé sur un double vinyle intitulé “Made in Japan” (dont je ne ferai l’injure à personne de rappeler les géniteurs). “

(Review, Music Waves)

“Où le groupe laisse exploser une créativité inouïe, accompagnée d’une grande maîtrise technique, et mêlent en un patchwork sonore une multitudes de styles, dont le solide squelette est un Rock progressif festif, coloré, virevoltant et quelque peu… halluciné. Ainsi que le tissage de fines mélodies qui prennent corps après plusieurs écoutes attentives. “

(Review, Métal Integrál)