Excuse the lack of umlauts, I don’t know how to do umlauts which is problematic because this is an album absolutely crammed with umlauts of the Swedish variety (or possibly Norwegian). Whatever it is it looks great for writing metal song titles. English speaking bands would kill to be able to call their songs things like “Nog Ar Nog” or “Ett Hjarta Av Held”.
This is one of a few album I’ve picked up recently that are defined as “crust punk” but I know this music from a time in the late 80’s when it was called “skate punk” or plain old “thrash”. I guess the difference is an image thing because you’re hardly likely to get loads of accolades for being pictured wandering round with a skateboard nowadays.
The other albums that I’ve picked up (Alpinist, Seven Sisters of Sleep) have been pretty similar really. Punky riffs, four to the floor drums, little or no discernible bass (which I always find upsetting) and vocals that sound like they’ve been recorded by a torture victim. The vocals on this album are a particularly good example of this and I’m not sure it helps. From the outset the combination of Norwegian words being shrieked in a monotonously pained shrieking howl makes it a pretty difficult album to enjoy. There are occasional drum breaks that are pretty impressive but then its back to business and the album passes by as a slightly indistinct blur.
If you’re a fan of “crust punk” and Southern Lord metal you could probably do worse than give this a listen but I gave much higher marks to the albums I mentioned earlier (Alpinist is a double album that gets better and better with each listen)