Clawfinger is a Swedish industrial metal band from Stockholm. He is one of the first to adopt this characteristic sound, both aggressive and rhythmic but with well-defined melodies. Clawfinger's lyrics take a stand on various themes: politics, the fight against racism, and so on.
The group's origins date back to the summer of 1989 when Zak Tell and Jocke Skog met at Rosenlund Hospital in Stockholm. In 1990, they were joined by Norwegian guitarists Bård Torstensen and Erlend Ottem who also worked at this hospital. The four then go after their common interest in music. Bård and Erlend played in a band called Theo in Arendal, Norway. Their first demo includes three songs ( Waste of Time , Nigger and Profit Preacher ) and attracts the interest of the MVG Records label. In the early 1990s, Clawfinger self-produced his first album, Deaf Dumb Blind . It sells to 600,000 copies worldwide.
With the arrival of André Skaug and drummer Morten Skaug, Clawfinger goes on tour and plays at European festivals, with bands such as Anthrax and Alice in Chains. Their homonymous album, Clawfinger , was released in 1997. The first song of the album, entitled Two Sides. The rest of the album continues in the aggressive and political lineage. Clawfinger includes twelve songs, and three limited edition bonus songs. They publish three singles and two videos ( Biggest and the Best and Two Sides < / span>).
A Whole Lot of Nothing is their fourth album released on July 23, 2001. It includes 13 songs and two bonus songs in limited edition. Clawfinger also publishes four singles. Zeros and Heroes caused a controversy when it was released in 2003 in America by its critics on the current president George W. Bush and US Army reactions to the attacks of September 11, 2001, particularly in the song "Aside Step"