Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

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Domedag is the work of Swedish multi-instrumentalist Nicklas Rudolfsson, best known for work in Necrocurse and as the drummer for Sacramentum back in the day. ‘Nu Nalkas Domedagen’ is due out soon on Archaic Sounds Records, and is for fans for apocalyptic Nordic tales through the medium of blasting, and doom laden, black metal.

Opener ‘Nu nalkas ragnarok’ is bestial in its clattering ferocity, drawing you in with black magic and killer riffing that continues in the likes of ‘I Flammor’. These songs are broken up with eerie, folky interludes that are reminiscient of Wardruna or Isengard, and it allows the actual songs a bit of time to breathe. ‘I Flammor’ is magnificent in its ‘summoning’ tone, as if demons were ready to rise to its call, while the ominous chug of ‘Baring at fanders’ builds excellently to the deathly, doomy ‘En bitter forsmak’. ‘Nu Nalkas Domedagen’ is a record that doesn’t stick to genre tropes, instead spreading the net wide to capture just the right kind of metal to express the darkness within. ‘Frost rost dod’ is probably the closest to a traditional black metal song, but even it possesses some sideways steps.

Be it blackened ferociousness, doomy melancholy or deathly crush, Domedag has put together a record here that throbs with a feeling of adventure. Dark and terrible, but also wondrous and wreathed in mysticism, ‘Nu Nalkas Domedagen’ could be a sleeper hit record this year. Seek it out.

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A project of two of the best and most prolific death metal stalwarts in the underground, Down Among the Dead Men is the brainchild of Dave Ingram and Rogga Johansson. Both recently starring on Transcending Obscurity with Ursinne and Paganizer respectively, Down Among the Dead Men is the next cog in this endless death metal machine. ‘…And You Will Obey Me’ is out in June on TO Records.

Opener ‘Destroy the Infinite’ immediately gives you the scope of this record. Which is, very narrow, savage and crusty death metal with scowling vocals and an almost d-beat attitude. A narrow scope is in no way a negative, as Down Among the Dead Men ravage our society with crushing riffs and memorable songs. Most tracks barely scratch three minutes, each a galloping exercise in thrashy death metal. Ingram provides his iconic throaty roar, while Johansson’s guitar tone is equally iconic in its Scandinavian rasp. The insidious ‘Omega’ is excellent, and the killer ‘The Age of Steel’ pulses with a classic Swedeath sound.

A major benefit of this record is that it is only half an hour long, which means that no songs overstay their welcome and you feel immediately inclined to start it all over again. These death metal legends have done it again, with ‘…And You Will Obey Me’ taking a firm place in death metal contenders for record of the year. Huge, nasty and thoroughly absorbing.

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‘Perversión’ is the third in a horrendous trilogy of filthy black/thrash from Swedish/Chilean ragers Corpsehammer, and as you’d expect with a name like that, this four track EP bludgeons past you at such a force, you’ll need to play it a few times to grasp its true greatness. It will be out on the 13th April through Morbid Skull Records.

Opener ‘Reino – Sangro Del’ throbs with this menacing atmosphere, as spoken word descends into howling madness and the barrelling necrosis of the riffs appears. There is definitely an old school Scandinavian vibe here, meshing with an almost Discharge-like d-beat intensity. ‘Rito _ Magia’ is more of the tortuous, blackened death carnage, where cavernous vocals roar beyond ancient and terrible metal. ‘Perversion’ feels like if you touched its rusted, bloodied edge you’d be guaranteed to get tetanus. Or something worse.

This is a excellent completion to the trilogy, and continues to encapsulate a murky, raw sound that Corpsehammer have nailed. An ode to Darkthrone, Hellhammer and the like, Corpsehammer revive the old days and make it feel fun again. Short but ultimately satisfying, ‘Perversion’ is simple, nasty music for nasty people. Superb.

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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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