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Den Saakaldte - Kapittel II: Faen I Helvete

Den Saakaldte - Kapittel II: Faen I Helvete

Label : Agonia Records | Archive under black metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Neithan : Den Saakaldte is a Norwegian black metal band with guitarist Michael "Sykelig" Siouzios as the driving force behind it all. The debut ‘All Hail Pessimism’ was smashing and a fine specimen of nordic black metal (Satyricon at the times of ‘Nemesis Divina’/Watain/ Mayhem in its old glory days). The album was technically already strong, but also with a lot of suspense underneath the skin thanks to the vocals of Niklas Kvarforth: a man who has a mysterious or dangerous image, but above all gossip a man who knows how to convey darkness and tension through his voice. For that reason, I was very curious about the band’s sound and development after Kvarforth quit the band and his replacement by Einar "Eldur" Thorberg Guomundsson (the mastermind behind Fortío). That was the eye catcher in the line-up, yet apart from the vocalist Den Saakaldte also had changes in the line-up with drummer Tybald (also of Fortíð), guitarist André Kvebek and apart from Sykelig actually only bassist Tor Risdal "Seidemann" Stavenes remained on board.

On moments Guomundsson may sound like Kvarforth, but he is no clone: as a matter of fact, he remains true to his own style, and sometimes the vocal influences from the pagan black scene (‘Endelost Ode’, a powerful headbanger or the epic ‘Djevelens Verk’ including some spooky guitar sounds), and the band still plays typical technical nordic metal. The changes in the line-up have not resulted in a change of style or a different band sound. However, it is more direct and straight forward than before: this is proven straight away by opener ‘Din Siste Dag’. The changes and bridges are still prominent yet it is more headbanger stuff than before where there is more tempo. In other words: still technical black metal, interesting to hear and a logic yet more direct successor to the debut. No surprises and a little less depth than ‘All Hail Pessimism’: Den Saakaldte plays a kind of music that will also workout well live, yet without figurehead Kvarforth I doubt whether they can reach out to plenty of people to actually get on a tour, because they lack the innovation and super own sound needed in these scarce times of possibilities (and Agonia has a lot of bands). It has no doubts that the band has the skills needed to play and compose.

Excellent album yet less atmosphere and depth than the debut, which results in a lower score. Still the band is way above average and ‘Kapittel II: Faen I Helvete’ is an album you have to check out, unless you only like trve kvlt black underground stuff. Once more, Den Saakaldte rises above the masses yet just too little to claim their role in the top of the scene.

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