Greve – Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå

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Swedish prolific musician Swartadapuz (guitars, bass, and vocals) never ceases to amaze the fans with his most original and outstanding musical works. Since the project Greve released its first full-length album 'Nordarikets strid' in 2019 in which mastermind Swartadapuz quested for an epic symphonic flair. Within the three years, his creative songwriting mind churned out several releases for his other side projects such as Bekëth Nexëhmü, Ars Hmu, Digerdöden, Muvitium and plenty more. The sophomore release 'Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå' continues to follow its roots in such an imaginative way. Although this time the central focus is laid upon the melodies, resulting in a grander and sorrowful complexion.

Though the band had gone through significant lineup changes, the biggest change was the departure of former vocalist LIK who was replaced by Korgath, with a new drummer Juhos also joining the band. The infinitude of blazing tremolos and grim majestic vocals breathes new life into the sophomore ‘Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå’ which can be described as an epic masterpiece of melodic black metal. The opening track entitled ‘Bortom Berget, svälttid komma’ softly charms the listener with the minimal synth setting a brooding scene. Once you get past the atmospheric intro, the guitars on the following song ‘Skapelse ur fiendeskapets mödrar’ surge into powerful glorious melodies. Fast-paced drums and catchy tremolos are underpinned by storming blast beats where the ineffable rhythm guitars set the quality and bring aggression to enhance the music.

The intensity of the guitar riffs is accompanied by the soaring synth. There is so much grandiosity in the rhythm department that constantly shifts between the fast and the mid-tempo as the tremolo riffs weave layers between the furious drums. Drawing elements from the Swedish black metal classics the guitars maintain a cold, frosty aura. The vocals sound grim and they are perfectly layered. The songs shimmer with textures of icy mystique juxtaposing the nocturnal grim howling, while the drums echo like the blizzard gales. The addition of the new members resulted in diverse styles of musical phrasing in which the guitars create a chilled atmosphere and the melodies are unremittingly catchy.

 

On ‘Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå’ Swartadapuz shows a remarakable ability to create a dark atmosphere. The gripping touch of capturing the epic, classic feel of bands such as Vinterland, Dawn and Thy Primordial proves the quality of the songwriting.  The guitars on ‘Åska i himmlavalvets förljugna’ are exude epic quality as the sheer intensity of the drums on this seven minutes track adds depth. The guitar wields awe-inspiring melodies through dominating tremolo-picked riffs, making the sophomore an incomparable gem in the realms of black metal. The vocals are flawlessly layered with tremolos venting raw emotions of the classic style of black metal.

The album title track ‘Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå’ renders empyrean melodies that surround the tremolo leads. Slow, gloomy riffs paint icy landscapes of frost. Swartadapuz brings the songs into a blaze of majestic beauty that makes every minute of this album a mesmerizing journey. The guitars are replete with sorrowful riffs, whereas the thundering drums find the perfect balance to switch from the blistering blast beats to mid-tempo.

At often times the music becomes symphonic and then turns cold and raw. Unlike the first album the synth here has minimal usage. ‘Träsktalets gåfva en rituell reflektion’ is an eight minute spanning track that wanders through scorching riffs and blast beats. The song begins with the drums galloping, then suddenly shifts to speed. The traditional tremolo-picked riffs and the drum arrangements show how artfully the album is crafted. Overall, the crystal clear sound production adds its magnitude to the music. Therefore, each instrument here echoes with clarity.

Mördade stigar, funnit i mitt grepp’ opens with a beautiful melodic riff that becomes woven into traditional black metal blast beats. Being one of the most melodic and epic songs, the catchy tremolo effect increases its dramatic range, paired with the fast and mid-paced drums. Ending with the short ambient track ‘Dödens Tid, Evigt De Vila’ the keyboards serves as an atmospheric and mesmerizing closure for this epic album.

REVIEW SCORE

  • Music / Songwriting 9/10
  • Vocals / Lyrics 9/10
  • Mix / Production 9/10
  • Artwork & Packaging 9/10
  • Originality 9/10
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‘Föllo af Svavel, Lifvets Dimridå’ is released via Purity Through Fire on CD format on April 10th, 2022 while the vinyl will be released later this year. This highly melodically saturated and simultaneously atmospheric record makes it a must for fans of Dawn, Vinterland, and Thy Primordial.

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