Afgrund - Svarta Dagar review

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Band: Afgrund
Album: Svarta Dagar
Release date: July 2007

01. Enkelriktat Krig
02. Ångesten Är Total
03. Tårar Hjälper Föga
04. Självmord På Repeat
05. Katarsis
06. Roulettehjärta
07. Raderad
08. Terrorbalansen
09. Afgrundssjäl
10. Vi Lever, Vi Drabbas, Vi Dör
11. Södersupen
12. Maktens Murar Rasar
13. Hjärtslag Och Djupa Andetag
14. Käpprätt Åt Helvete
15. Untitled

Swedish Grindcore at its sickening best!!!

…Yet they're still not Nasum and they desperately want to be. It seems most bands from that particular country went overexcited about the band's demise and started copying their sound to become "the next Nasum". Some of them miserably fail in the middle and others (such as Afgrund) achieve the punky and ultra violent discharge but forget about the dynamic department - they become too extreme and obviously skip breakdowns or catchy segments, so they kill the "memorable" word in their name, and it even seems it's on purpose.

Afgrund has its moments though: while most of the album is a non stop blast-beat and makes you remember the good old days where Punk and Hardcore ruled the underground scene, the rest of the moments do have a slight touch of mid-paced riffs ("Roulettehjarta") and intense hooks ("Terrorbalansen"); so it's not a full-blown chaos ala Cripple Bastards or Yacopsae and you won't be begging for mercy or an aspirin. Instead, those small but sticky moments will make you listen to certain tracks again just to enjoy the amazing memento.

The slower tracks actually steal the spotlight. After hearing so much blasting it's really fun to finally absorb tunes like "Afgrundssjal" where the whole scheme is about creating an overture for more powerful hostility, but still it's great to get those tracks even if they work as fillers.

Overall I do recommend this album to the fans of chaos. If you're into Punk and Hardcore, you dig bands like Skitsystem or Yacopsae or you just want to hear old-school Grindcore with a raw production, you should definitely try this album out.

Best Tracks: "Kappratt At Helvete", "Terrorbalansen", "Sondersupen"

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8

Written by Herzebeth | 09.12.2007



Comments: 2   Visited by: 22 users
09.12.2007 - 15:51
The mentions of Nasum and Skitsystem got me all excited I feel a desperate need to listen to this thing now. Thanks.
07.02.2008 - 02:18
This album is fucking cool, especially the second half. Swedish grind is pretty lame, but Afgrund stepped it up here.

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