Skraeckoedlan – Sagor

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Razzia Records
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.bengans.se/Product.aspx?skivkod=1486337&section=music
Band Website: http://www.skraeckoedlan.com/

Band line-up:

Robert Lamu- Vocals/guitar
Henrik Grüttner- Guitarskraeckoedlan-sagor-cover
Tim Ångström- Bass
Martin Larsson- Drums

Tracklisting:

01 Prolog
02 Gigantos
03 Epos
04 Awen
05 El Monstro
06 Odjuret
07 Flod
08 Squidman
09 Mothra
10 Epilog

Review

Just take a look at the cover Skraeckoedlan’s new album, Sagor. It’s a pastel depiction of Swedish mountains and landscapes, and one that could fit almost any genre in the right context, but since forming in 2009, Skraeckodlan have left deep footprints in the snow of their home underground scene. Coming four years after debut LP Äppelträdet, this is their sophomore, a nine track fuzzy stompy through soundscapes of mountainous darkness.

Opening up with the animalistic groove of “Prolog”, this album is immediate as it is organic, with the use of native tongue throughout to add a tribal tenor. This four piece is obviously proud to be Swedish, telling sagas and tales of mythology, all with a sincere Swedish backbone. Yet it is the work of the fuzzy guitars, running thick tonal leads around each other that stand out the most as booming bass barricades throughout.

“Epos” is a true proof that this is a doom band, yet one with energy, excitement and a penchant for melodic choruses. Despite an average length of several minutes the songs seem to come quickly, and flow well too, yet their sound is not as diverse as their peers’, and it doesn’t take long for the album to have seemingly unravelled itself and for the same formula to become foreseeable in each track.

This album is heartfelt, and having taken two years to fully record, certainly the result of hard work. Emotionally it is raw, passionate, and testosterone fuelled, (it comes as a surprise that not all the members have beards), but these fuzzsters could do with more courage to create better variety in their song writing, and debut album Appeltradet showed they have the ability to do this. Regardless, if this genre is mostly unexplored territory for you, this is a perfectly enjoyable album.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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