Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

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The fourth record from Sweden proto heavy metallers Oblivious embraces the awesome power of the riff to create an album that will resonate with you long after it finishes. ‘När Isarna Sjunger’ is out on the 9th of February through Swedish label Gaphals, and is already primed for many repeat spins this year. This is modern classic rock at its finest.

Opener ‘Det brinner i fjärran’ is a killer, with a chorus that’ll ring within your brain for days. Imbibing from the cauldrons of early Sabbath, but with a much more soulful and upbeat vibe, Oblivious are anthemic and, despite singing in their native tongue, instantly singalongable. I feel like I wanna learn Swedish just so I can belt these songs out properly. There are traces of Zeppelin and Deep Purple in here, as well as more modern influences like Graveyard but Oblivious are more than just a sum of parts. The soulful croon of the title track is a thing of subtle beauty, while the stomping ‘Fler än vad ni tror’ is due to be a classic.

Oblivious are injecting a new vitality into hard rock, and these Swedes are striding tall with ‘När Isarna Sjunger’. An album full of hooks, riffs and melodies a mile wide, by the time the glorious pastoral shades of ‘Hitta hem’ comes to a close, the realisation hits you that ‘När Isarna Sjunger’ is simply awesome.

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Melodic black metallers Rimfrost have one of my favourite underrated records in the glorious ‘A Frozen World Unknown’, and so their new single ‘A Clash Under the Northern Wind’ is something of a treat for me. I missed their self titled record last year, but look to find it now. This will be featured on their next record, and the single has been released by the excellent Non Serviam Records.

Starting with a rousing, Immortal-esque riff, ‘A Clash Under the Northern Wind’ instantly captures that irresistable melodious streak that Rimfrost possess. Melodeath riffs play out over a vast frozen forest, while howling blastbeats batter you like a frozen blizzard. The ghostly melodies are huge and continue to lurk within your mind long after the song is over. Immortal and Dissection are the major influences here, but there are little nods to Darkthrone and Marduk too.

Looks like the upcoming record is going to be ace, if ‘A Clash Under the Northern Wind’ is anything to go by. Building to a massive crescendo of epic, soaring black metal, Rimfrost have done it again. Magnificent.

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Dreadful Fate’s ‘The Sin of Sodom’ debut was originally released this summer on a limited cassette run and sold out quickly. Edged Circle Productions are rereleasing it on 12″ vinyl, and you should get one quick, as I expect this little thrash gem to sell out just as quick.

Three ripping tracks of German style thrash with a cover of Kreator’s classic ‘Tormentor’ included? This should be the easiest ten minutes of my life. Opener ‘The Sin of Sodom’ will give you no doubts as to what Dreadful Fate are here to do. Galloping thrash riffs and a raw growl, spiralling solos and frenzied drumming are all here in force, paying perfect homage to the Teutonic greats. ‘Unholy Lust’ races past with chainsawing riffs and an infectious melody, and the faithful recreation of ‘Tormentor’ is awesome.

‘The Sin of Sodom’ is one of the fastest and most pleasurable distractions I’ve come across this year. It’s so quick and good that it has to be spun repeatedly in order to truly get that thrash fix itched. You’d be forgiven for believing these Swedes are actually a lost 80s German thrash band, such is the authenticity of their approach. ‘The Sin of Sodom’ fucking rips!

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The work of two bona fide death metal icons, Ursinne brings together Dave Ingram (Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Hail of Bullets) and Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath, Henry Kane) to create ‘Swim With the Leviathan’, one of the densest and most brutal death metal records of 2017. Our favourite record label Transcending Obscurity, dropped this monster in August. Original material meshes with death metal covers of 80s classics in one of 2017’s best and most unique records.

The devastating opener ‘Devil May Care’ is undeniably brutal and straightforward, but it has some nice open spaces in the middles where melodies play around a chugging low end. ‘I, Serpentine’ has that Swedish rawness to its riffs, as well as a healthy dose of Gothenburg meldoy. It is a theme running through ‘Swin With the Leviathan’; brutality in riffs and vocals, but not lacking in memorable melody lines. ‘Bullet Bitten’ is inspired by Lemmy, including a great sample from the great man himself, and the driving bassline underneath is a fitting tribute.

While all the original material is excellent, (in particularly the swooning menace of ‘The Chimes at Midnight’) the real fun begins with the four covers songs. The death metal rendering of The Osmonds’ ‘Crazy Horses’ is pretty odd, but the crushing ‘Turning Japanese’ is killer and ‘Monsters in the Parasol’ features Massacre legend Kam Lee, turning the Queens of the Stone Age classic into something very brutal and menacing. You’ll struggle to find a more different, entertaining and downright heavy record in 2017. Ursinne is a great amalgamation of classic death metal and a sense of the absurd, leading to some genuine year highlights.

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Swedish death metallers Paganizer have been killing it for almost twenty years now and their newest release, ‘Land of Weeping Souls’, is proof that some bands just get better with age. It is out now on Transcending Obscurity, and is defiantly some of the best old school death metal you will hear this year.

If anything, Paganizer have got heavier and faster since I first came upon them on 2006’s ‘Carnage Junkie’. Opening with the rabid ‘Your Suffering Will Be Legendary’, chunky death metal riffs fly in all directions, while a propulsive drumming performance underpins the whole thing. The ever prolific Rogga Johansson’s vocals are the typically great deep growls, but he seems to have even more clarity than usual. Remember how good it was when Bloodbath returned with ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ in 2008 and it was like Swedish death metal was back? Well, turns out Paganizer have been at killer riff capacity and have been churning out tracks like the vicious ‘The Buried Undead’ and the old school class of ‘The Insanity Never Stops’ for years under the radar.

This record is a strong addition to the old school death metal revival that seems to have been going on recently, and in fact shows most of them how it’s done properly. ‘Land of Weeping Souls’ is flawlessly executed, faithful in its worship of iconic classics and somehow confirms that death metal isn’t always about decay and ‘the end’. Sometimes it is can be the most vital and ALIVE genre out there. I love it.

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Swedish heavy metallers Night have just released their third record, ‘Raft of the World’ through The Sign Records, and it sees them heading towards a bit of a more overt hard rock direction, despite retaining their classic heavy metal edge. Get ready to head back to those early heydays where rock and metal were beginning to split apart.

Opener ‘Fire Across the Sky’ oozes with a classic 80s charisma, from the land of Priest and Dio with a dose of grandeur and no little catchiness. Instantly gratifying, the songs are melodic and have dashes of Angel Witch about them which I’m all about. The driving ‘Surrender’, the anthemic ‘Under the Gallows’ and the soaring, psychedelic ‘Time’ are a stunning trio that would take on any three song grouping in classic metal without fear. ‘Strike of Lightning’ is an instant hit, while the ghostly power balladry of ‘Coin in a Fountain’ is the perfect set up to the moody closer ‘Where Silence Awaits’.

The amalgamation of the earliest days of hard rock/NWOBHM and some Seventies proto metal has given ‘Raft of the World’ a wonderful organic feel. It feels like four guys sitting jamming in a room, kicking out great classic metal songs with joyful abandon, not a Pro-Tools attempt to recapture the glory days. Built for the stage, but crafted for the soul, Night are kicking ass on this and you deserve to hear it.

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There’s very little subtlety about an album called ‘Demonic Satanic’ is there? Swedish death/black/thrashers Mordant are following in the footsteps of some of their more illustrious countrymen by taking the black metal blueprint and increasing the thrash and death metals elements to create a beast of a record that inspires vigorous headbanging. It dropped late last year on To The Death Records!

Opener ‘Vengeance from the Dark’ is a ripping example of savage riffery piling up with a nasty, rusted edge. The production is a little dry and thin, but it gives an edge to the guitarwork, now more piano wire than barbed wire. The exuberance with which these thrashing tracks are spat out of this riff machine is infectious, particularly the inspiringly great ‘Evil Impalers’. When you can feel the Sodom influence creeping into many riffs, you know you’re in for a treat.

‘Demonic Satanic’ shreds with prodigious force, be it the arse tearing ‘Desecration from Hell’, or the gloriously fast ‘Screaming Souls’. Mordant are a band with a great reverence for the history of not only their brethren in Nifelheim etc but also the genre itself. ‘Demonic Satanic’ is full of great nods to the past, but is a record that is as cutting edge as you can get. Melody meets savagery in this awesome record, and you’ll not be disappointed.

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