Bubbling from where light cannot reach comes Gjendød with their newest offering Krigsdøger. With pure malevolence and blackened vigilance, these heathens offer up nine new tracks that are every bit as twisted, malicious and atmospherically potent as you would hope for. There are no gimmicks here and no frills as what you get is pure black metal through and through and nothing but. Krigsdøger barrels forth through your speakers nearly from the drop of the first note to provide you with ever ripping and blasphemous metal for nine straight soul cleaving offerings.
Without so much as a pause, one malicious act follows another, and then another as each one strikes out like a coiled snake ready to strike at your throat. Each of the nine offerings here are as damning as the one that came before, ever trapping you in an eternal storm of brimstone and hellfire. For the majority of the record, each cut is played at an up tempo yet precise pace that is only interjected by mid tempo paces that offer more atmosphere and variety throughout. Each of the nine tracks present here are well constructed blackened offerings that drag you in, never to let you leave until you have finally been buried among the rest of the damned.
Among the venomous riffs, blasting drumming and dissonant throat ripping howls from hell is an ever present and malicious atmosphere that makes itself known from the very beginning. The atmosphere seeps through each track like a foreboding dismal fog that you cannot escape from. As mentioned, the atmosphere can really be felt once Gjendød slows things down a bit such as in the track Å puste liv i råttent kjøtt. Not only do you get hit with a purely furious metallic onslaught, but you become ensnared in their devilish and wicked atmosphere as well.
From beginning to end, Krigsdøger is a great record. It is constructed well and executed perfectly to provide you with an overall well rounded and very solid record. Not a single track is out of place and not a single track feels weak as each of the nine are as solid and blasphemous as the ones that came before it. Little touches here and there especially with the acoustic guitar are nice flairs that add even more characteristic to each track making each one memorable. Overall, this is a solid record through and through, one that you wouldn’t want to sleep on.
Krigsdøger will be released through Hellthrasher Productions March 9.