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Blodtår – Blodtår

Blodtår
Blodtår
by Gary Hernandez at 22 January 2022, 5:37 PM

BLODTÅR is a Black Metal band out of Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 2019 by one Carl, he was later joined by H. Alarcón initially as a studio drummer, but things seemed to have worked out . . . and then there were two. On November 26, 2021, the band released their self-titled debut on Nordvis Produktion. The EP comprises four tracks and clocks out at just over 15 minutes. It is a solid piece of Black Metal with some light touch folk nuances—e.g., acoustic interludes—but mostly brutal and darkly melodic.

The band was inspired by an acoustic piece called “Blodtaar,” from Norwegian Black Metal band LJÅ. The band notes: the underlying intention behind BLODTÅR is to weave together an immersive soundscape fit to accompany the feelings and impressions one experiences when studying artwork by the likes of Johan Bauer and Theodor Kittelsen.”

All four tracks are quite good. From the sheer hyper aggressive tracks one and two, “Djävulskap” (trans. Devilishness) and “Svartsejd” (black silk), to the studious “Besatt” (obsessed), right on through to the deeply nuanced final track, “Aldrig Mer” (never again), the album delivers consistent, high-caliber Metal. Very much like the artwork and artists it emulates, it is a rare BM fan who would not be able to appreciate the artistry. Although all the tracks are excellent, I have to say my favorites are “Besatt” and “Aldrig Mer” mostly because of the uptick in compositional complexity—or at least variation in theme and tempo. The atmosphere really sinks in with these two tracks.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cover artwork by Carl Stjärnlöv. Simple and understated, it speaks volumes. And that probably sums up this entire EP. BLODTÅR, both the band and the album, while being graced with intentionality aren't overly obsessed with touting an agenda or pushing any musical boundaries. It’s well executed, well produced Black Metal that evokes the senses. The substance of the images it summons, the stories it weaves, are up to the listener to form. Very enjoyable debut. Looking forward to hearing more from them soon.


Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1.  Djävulskap
2.  Svartsejd
3.  Besatt
4.  Aldrig Mer
Lineup:
Carl – Unknown
H. Alarcón – Drums
Record Label: Nordvis Produktion
     


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Edited 10 December 2022
 

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