In 2018, Neptune released the long-awaited aggregate back catalog of collected demos and recordings from the 80s. Neptune look at themselves as one of the earliest pioneers during the NWOSHM era. The band started already in the late 1970s or if it was early 80s. Even though the band had a solid foundation, they underwent a few member changes where names such as Jan Granvik (Glory, Grave) and Björn Melander (Mogg, Gotham City) appeared.
After several demos that unfortunately never saw the light of the day, the band decided to make a more professional recording. With that recording, one had intended to raise record labels and pump them on a pleasing record contract. The recording took place in the prestigious Soundtrade studio with Alar Surna (Roxette) behind the mixing desk. Several meetings were held and one of the record companies thought it was so interesting that they paid for the entire recording. For several reasons, it all went down the drain and the recording were put on the shelf for good… they thought. The band once again underwent some member changes and recorded a few more demos. After a while, the band split up and the singer Ray Alex was sought out by the former member Jan Granvik and the seed of the band Glory was born.
Anders Olsson, who was previously a guitarist in Neptune, now made recordings in his own studio together with Tosh Ason. One day when they in the middle of the recording of Unanimated's debut album "In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead", Ray Alex called them up and told them that he was eager to start something again. This ended later with the full-length demo "In Truth We Trust" under the band name Jar.
A seed is sown
One can think that the story of Neptune ends at this point, but oh so they deceived. Without the band's knowledge, in 2003 one of their old demos "Enemies" was released on a collection record called "Metal Knights - The Resurgence of Swedish Steel". This is considered to be the seed of something that took another 15 years before it broke out. In addition to this, a couple of the band's old demos had leaked on You Tube and over time a sigh of more songs was created on a number of "fan sites".
Late autumn 2017, a Greek record company managed to get hold of one of the members of the band and asked if the they would like to release the old recordings on both CD and vinyl. Of course, the band was not late to step up and 30 years after the band entered the studio, they finally got to keep the desirable vinyl in their hands.
The band has since then released a digital EP and as guest guitars on the recording they used Janne Stark (Overdrive, Grand Design).
The first gig takes place at The Abyss thanks to faithful fans who have more or less managed the booking. The band's first festival play toke place at Muskelrock in June 2019.
The band today consists of Row Alex - vocal, Tosh Ason - bass, Anders Olsson – guitar, Johan Rosth - keyboards and Jonas Wikström – Drums and on the album Northern Steel they invited a couple of their friends as well.
After the original singer Ray sadly passed away back in January 2019, the band took a break to gather. The grief and the uncertainty were total but eventually Rays brother Roland decided to take over the role as a singer. It felt like the most natural solution and they were, after all, brothers.