DØDSFALL – Døden Skal Ikke Vente

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label URL: http://www.osmoseproductions.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doden-Skal-Ikke-Vente-Dodsfall/dp/B07KC1CSX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544178281&sr=8-1&keywords=DØDSFALL+-+Døden+Skal+Ikke+Vente
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/dodsfall/

Band line-up:

IS – vocals, guitars & bass
TELAL – drums

Tracklisting:

1. Hemlig Vrede
2. Tåkefjell
3. Svarta Drömmar
4. Grå Himlar
5. Kampsalmer
6. I De Dødens Øyne
7. Ødemarkens Mørkedal
8. För Alltid I Min Sjæl
9. Ondskapelse
10. Skogstrollet

Review:

Dodsfall are a black metal band on the Osmose Productions label and they will be releasing their fifth album ‘Doden Skal Ikke Vente’ on 25th January, 2019. The band worked with producer Tore Stjerna (Mayhem, Watain, Behexen, Funeral Mist) at the famous Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Their latest album is the product of inspiration that snowballed after their previous effort, Kaosmakt. It holds on to their roots of true BM and is supposed to be a combination of past and present with new sources of inspiration.

Does it have any new sources of inspiration? If so, it’s hard to hear them. There are a few seconds of dual Iron Maiden-esque guitar lead parts, a few shred metal solos, and occasional clean electric guitar and acoustic guitar sections. (Along with an acoustic outro instrumental). Mainly what you get is tremolo picked riff after tremelo picked riff, along with heavily distorted minor chords and blast beats. Does that sound nice and modern to you? Not to me it doesn’t, it sounds like just another BM album, that in my opinion the world doesn’t really need to hear. The band have shown they have the ability to be different as the classic metal ideas really work well. I’m sure many would be delighted to hear a more developed innovative if less aggressive take on the morbid genre but to be clear, for this band, being too safe was arguably their downfall. Poetic, right?

There are some subtle time signature changes in this album, showing the band are trying to push the boundaries a little bit, but again they really should be trying harder. Not only do the band write so many cliches, they also don’t use them in a captivating way; little in this album is truly memorable, even if you’re new to the genre. Where are the catchy hooks? It is however, written reasonably well in part with logical and interesting song structures, plenty of the expected hate and a similarly expected evil atmosphere. And may I suggest some Strepsils for the singer?

To sum up: What’s the point, really? God knows how many albums are out there that sound pretty much exactly the same as Doden Skal Ikke Vente. It’s probably many thousands. At least with similarly popular thrash metal, the singers of those bands have tendencies to be at least a little bit distinctive and unique. As far as I’m concerned, with BM there could be just one ultra hard working vocalist out there who contributes on most of the releases. Either that, or there are hundreds of screaming clones. Well, it’s the latter isn’t it? Get this album if you’re a true fan, but if you’re less hardcore, prepare to be disappointed.

Review by Simon Wiedemann

 

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