STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160381-23727 LABEL: Rottweiler Records FORMAT: Digital Only EP
Reviewed by Andy Shaw
Sweden has long been at the forefront of the black metal scene and three-piece Skald In Veum are seeking to establish themselves amongst the best with this debut EP. Perhaps more accurately described as unblack metal, they have rejected themes of the occult and Satanism in favour of hope, faith and God. The intro track "Ravens Over Lubenholz" builds the tension with sounds of a storm approaching and the call of a raven overhead before slamming into the wall of sound that is "Drunk With Tainted Blood". With guttural screams, pummelling guitar and machine gun drums this track is full of a ferocity that will leave its mark. Like waves in a storm the intensity continues through the record with brief moments to catch your breath before the next wave hits you. "Inferno" is the standout track for me opening with a scream before the first wave hits, dropping down to an intense brooding slower section before kicking back in with a swaggering southern rock-tinged guitar riff. Whilst the growling lyrics aren't always easy to pick up, God is clearly the focus of their passion most clearly heard on "Inferno" ("Inferno, Son of Man, Inferno, save my soul/Inferno, I am Yours, Inferno, set me free"). The six tracks on this EP exude a confidence rare on a debut record. The production is raw and at times a bit muddy but there is much promise shown in this first outing.
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