FanatismInverted Evolution

12" Vinyl LP


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Drone Rock Records is thrilled to announce the imminent arrival of ‘Inverted Evolution’, the second album from Swedish Psychonauts, Fanatism. I have been eagerly awaiting a follow up to their rather fantastic 2018 debut, ‘The Future Past’, and this album delivers and then some. It is a record that refuses to be defined by one genre or style but instead simply highlights the amount of talent and musical tastes this close-knit group of friends bring to the table. With a core element of the band being heavily involved in other modern Scandi psych bands (namely Kungens Män, Automatism and Eye Make The Horizon) it is audibly obvious that these guys are clearly comfortable riffing off and improvising with each other. ‘Inverted Evolution’ is both a natural progression away from and a companion piece to its mighty fine predecessor.

“…it makes me want to delve back into the music that I am reminded of, and also whets my appetite for what comes next. It is a set that brings a lot together but then also sets up future narratives. This, of course, is how music is… but not all music reminds us of this… after having absorbed what is on offer here I feel that my own narrative in my own sonic universe has inched forward once more.”

Fragmented Flaneur

“The band, which is spawned from the same fertile sources as improv-psych unit Kungens Män, fuses a Hawkwind via Wooden Shjips approach with a touch of sax scorch.”

Raven Sings The Blues

‘Inverted Evolution’ being co-released with the like-minded, American micro-label Centripetal Force as a 500 pressing and is available in two variants. Both versions of the record purchased directly through the DRR website come with an instant digital download of the album.

Special edition:

200 copies pressed on brown and cream swirl effect vinyl. Only available directly via Drone Rock Records, with a very limited number going to the band in Sweden.

Regular Edition:

300 copies pressed on cream coloured vinyl. The majority of these are available via Centripetal Force, the band, European Distro and a select few UK record stores.

Fanatism vinyl bundle:

To coincide with the release of ‘Inverted Evolution’, DRR is pleased to announce a reissue of the band’s debut album, ‘The Future Past’. This reissue is a limited pressing of 250 copies, has inverted colour artwork to the original and is pressed on red vinyl with black splatter effects. You can select a discounted bundle of both the special edition of ‘Inverted Evolution’ and the repress of ‘The Future Past’ in the drop-down box above.

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Fanatism from Stockholm, Sweden are part of the same collective that spawned the psych improv bunch Kungens Män, but musically it is a different beast. You will meet Fanatism somewhere on the crossroads between Stooges Street, Can Road, Sabbath Blvd and Morricone Avenue. You are in classic rock territory with a psychedelic twist.


Fanatism started out in 2013 after Tomas Bergstrand (guitar, vocals) and Mikael Tuominen (bass, vocals) decided to continue making music together after their old band Switch Opens disbanded after 13 years. Soon they were joined by synth wizard Peter Erikson and drummer Jonas Yrlid, and a few years later Gustav Nygren sharpened the edge with his guitar and saxophone.


After a couple of recordings under a different name and some sporadic gigging, they finally released the debut album “The Future Past” on Drone Rock Records (UK) in 2018. This is what Echoes and Dust said of the record:

“If you have any inclination towards mind-bending music then this album must certainly lie at the top of your wishlist. Not content with taking you on a trip, Fanatism also want to turn your mind inside out whilst doing so. Throw in a hefty dose of ecstatic reverie and you have an album which sounds nothing quite like what you may have heard before. There are ghosts of familiar sounds, but made while through the mindset of these musicians, it sounds like nothing you have heard before. It’s been a strong year for psych music in general, but nothing has come close to the originality of this album. A remarkable achievement.”


The time has come for the next treat – “Inverted Evolution”. Once again released by Drone Rock Records, this time around in collaboration with Centripetal Force (US). While the first album had some loose ends, this is a more structured and disciplined affair – but still in a mind bending way. Every song on the album has a strong identity and celebrates the almost forgotten art of making eclectic albums where every song fills a different function – or you could also call the album a house of mirrors in which the listener can get lost

Tomas Bergstrand – Guitar, Vocals | Peter Erikson – Synthesizers | Gustav Nygren – Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals | Mikael Tuominen – Bass, Vocals | Jonas Yrlid – Drums