Den Saakaldte - Øl, Mørke Og Depresjon [Demo]
3 September 2008

01. Gjenspeilingen Av Knuste Minner
02. Drikke Ens Skål
03. Vandringen
04. Øde
05. Jag Är Den Fallna
06. Den Sørgløse Latterens Sang

Den Saakaldte is Mikael Sykelig and his dream team. With all the bands connected to the four band members you could organize a pretty solid Black metal festival. Lemme drop a few: Gorgoroth, Naer Mataron, Ondskapt, Skitliv, Bethlehem, Shining, 1349, Dødheimsgard, Green Carnation, Carpathian Forest et ceteraaaaaaa... honestly, there are more, but I think I made my point already. Den Saakaldte's purpose seems to be to deliver dark and unorthodox Black metal and they certainly managed to do just that. Øl, Mørke Og Depresjon is their first demo and a sign of things to come.

On 'Beer, Darkness and Depression', a few elements just jump out. Numero Uno: the jazzy trumpets and saxophone. Numero Dos: the strange ambient interludes. I don't know the Spanish word for 'three', but anyway, Numero Three is: the gruff, gritty atmosphere. This vibe can be accredited to the vivid, lively riffs and Kvarforth's energetic and varied performance. He shrieks, moans, groans, sings and yells his way through the album. He really gives everything he has here and makes the album worth a listen for his voice alone. Coupled with the aforementioned lively riffs, often reminiscent of a Heavy metal version of Shining, it gives the album what it needs to grab your full attention.

But back to numero uno: the jazzy parts. They're bound to surprise you the first you hear them and it is definitely a brave idea to include them, but personally I'd have like them to have an even bigger part in the music. Right now they're just something on the side, although I can imagine Mikael doing that on purpose, otherwise Den Saakaldte risks turning into 'that gimmicky Sax Black band'. Fact is they work well and give the album a cool 'whiskey-drunk melancholic debauchery'- edge and I'm satisfied with that.

Øl, Mørke Og Depresjon is not perfect but it's a breath of fresh air, that's for sure. I'm incredibly late with this review and their debut album All Hail Pessisism has already been released quite some time ago. I personally cannot wait to check it.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 8
Production: 7

Band profile: Den Saakaldte
Album: Øl, Mørke Og Depresjon


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Mr. Doctor - 12.04.2010 at 15:59  
Oh yes, I have checked this band for a while now. I want to get their album. It sounded pretty nice on their myspace.

And it's "Tres" btw... But I assume you know it already.
Lucas - 12.04.2010 at 16:00  
Yeah I figured, but I liked playing dumb more.
Mr. Doctor - 12.04.2010 at 18:29  
I dodn't know, you still seem like you can't count to 100, playing dumb or not...
spirit_inblack - 12.04.2010 at 20:10  
The full-length is pretty good, but I've grown a tad bored with bands that sound like Shining, and this sounds like Shining, mixed with the band from which they got their name, Ved Buens Ende. It's really good stuff though, when I'm in the mood for it.
Troy Killjoy - 12.04.2010 at 22:19  
Sick cover art! I still have to check these guys out, but from what I hear (review-wise), I should enjoy this.
Got Mayhem? - 13.04.2010 at 02:28  
I'm giving the full length a quick listen right now and it's pretty good stuff. Nothing absolutely incredible so far but definitely above the usual BM pack.
Metal Maiden - 13.04.2010 at 02:40  
Epic cover...I'm so checking them out because of it...
Maxx666 - 13.04.2010 at 09:19  
Couldn't believe my eyes. A black metal super group.Fantastic album and a breath of fresh air indeed. Also a great review!!!:thumbup:

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