The aggressive parts sure blast away from time to time but even if they often consist of a cacophony of different things going on at the same time, they sound strangely blank and when Enthroned actually makes something different, like in the beginning of ”Silent Redemption” it mostly sound like watered down and quite awful ”Pop Metal” to me.
Hard to do anything with LGs vocals but somehow because of the melodies he has to adjust and step up and focus more. In Firespawn I feel that he can´t do a song just putting cruise control and go. He must be on top of his game. Refreshing.
“A recess from my fate”: And the question comes up again. Why didn´t he come up with tracks like this in the 90´s. Then the dark years of the band he once fronted might never would have happened.
“Hootforce” is without a doubt my favorite on the album, the symphonic and the raw are perfectly combined. The singer has a perfect voice for the music. The chorus is the strongest on the album and I have been singing it for several days. Can’t get it out of my mind.
7/10 Even if Darkthrone have regained some of their former lustre with the release of their two...
Underwing has been described as the child of Black Sabbath and Alice in Chains who was adopted by Tool, growing up in a neighborhood of Soundgarden and Motorpsycho. The description is actually not far off!
It strikes me that I find Mark Osegueda as a singer that must take great care of his voice. Spitting those razor sharp lyrics in our face without failing a bit is impressive.
This album has a little bit of everything and even though most of it consists of the trademark Rammstein riffing and military marchbeats you have a lot of rock and melody between the layers of heavy metallic guitars. They even managed to squeeze in a ballad consisting only of strings and a soft acoustic guitar.
Some people say that bands should try to make new stuff, break walls and take music forward. And there might be some truth to that. But also, it sure is nice with dependable bands who always give you what you want too.
I mean, this is great. Really great! It’s the best live album I’ve heard in years and years, probably since Halford – Live Insurrection (2001), and I love every single thing about it! An eight star review is just too weak, this must have nine stars! And so it is!
Imagine a (very) young band turning up from no-where (or rather Portland, Oregon) and actually doing something unique, something new. Now imagine that this band was also bestowed with the gift of great song writing and a finely-tuned sense of melodies. Sounds like a dream? Well, IDLE HANDS is that band!
The ballads on this album are quite tasty with “En eftermiddagsdröm” being a nice slow blues rock that evolves into some awesome heavy hardrocking with great guitar and nice vocals reminding me of 80s Whitesnake.
In powerful songs such as “Damned” and “Shadowcult”, the band strikes the exact right notes and I just want to throw myself into the moshpit and bang my head off!
“Get Up” is another track with a small barely noticeable homage to the early Whitesnake. Here you can if you listen well hear “Slow an easy” kind of guitars, it moves on to a cocky little song that is hard to sit still to.
The next two songs “We’re crazy” and “Dance Dance Dance” continues in the same manner and makes me think about doing my laundry or watch paint dry instead. But then “Lipstick city” kicks in and I feel my foot tap the beat and my head starts to nod.
The album starts of with the song “Sveablotet “ which is about old kings in the “Svealand” who clash together through pagan believes and pre-Christian religion who conspire at each other, the song picks up at good speed and at the chorus it takes us to a part were a sing along should take place in a song.