Artist: Svartur Dödur
Album: Nu Ska Blodet Flyta

Year: 2016
Genrer: Black Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal
Run time: 42 minutes
My rating: 4 out of 5

It was a matter of time before we got to hear another album from Svartur Dödur (Black Death) since their reunion EP "Aperite Portas Infernorum" from 2014. I thought the time was over myself, but two years later they came with their second full-length album "Nu Ska Blodet Flyta" (Now The Blood Should Float), in 2016.

We are accustomed with Svartur Dödurs satirical essence. In 1998 their debut "Absurdum ad Infinitatem" came, which healthily joked about 90s satanic lifestyle and mainly drew inspiration from contemporary Vondur. With themes about church fires, demons, blood busses and The Revelation of St. John the Divine, and not to forget their cover versions of the Beatles, Manowar and Thomas Di Leva. But that was back then, today they have come much further both musically and design-wise.

Nu Ska Blodet Flyta is possibly a well-known quote from children's author Astrid Lindgrens book Ronja, which also has been filmed by Tage Danielsson. And that statement says a lot about this album?? Exactly, every song is about Astrid Lindgren's dark world with melodic parts inspired by Ophtalamia, Mörk Gryning and early Swedish black metal.

The first song "I Skymningslandet" (In the Twilight Zone) is based on a fantasy novel that Astrid Lindgren wrote in 1949. The book was first released in 1994 which was illustrated by Marit Törnqvist. The song of Svartur Dödur however, is a slightly distorted and it's their own nightmare version of the original concept. It raises a threatening image mixed with mystery - but purely melodic, it is very cozy, like the book itself and mixes up very well with gloomy, metropolitan Stockholm nights and catchy melodies and makes the hotel ideal as a bedtime show.

The second song is "Vi Ses I Nangijala" (We'll See You In Nangijala), which is the third part in a death-anathology, and here I come quickly to mind of Månegarm for some reason. Mainly because they have set guest musician Andreas Eriksson to play the nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), which produces popular tones and sweeping Astrid Lindgren's world a bit more. This is about Lionheart Brothers and servants governed by Tengils evil oppression and soon enough another familiar character developed into a trans-dimensional form, namely Nässelmannen who made his name from "Aperite Portas Infernorum" in 2014. The song is built into a groove-metal form and makes it easy to stomp inside the nettle bushes.

What you may not know is that the process for this particular album was already put into use in the 90th century. The third song title "Vild Vittra" (Wild Wither) had fact started during their debut album and was available for download on their early forums, but that they would write a Astrid Lindgren inspired full-length album 17 years later had probably no one even dreamed of, not even the most ardent follower. However, this is one of the most fast paced songs on the album and goes in a true deep black metal twist.

Fourth song goes under the title Stenhjärta (Stone Heart), a character from the book Mio My Mio, and just as "Vi Ses I Nangijala" this song following a easy and groove pace to settle through thorny rose bushes. Stenhjärta hates Valentine's Day. He has a heart out of stone and a iron claw that tearing flesh and bones. And during this violent slaughter, they offer a really nice guitar solo that will have you digging your way through rotten swamp in this hell environment.

Helvetesgapet (Hellmouth) is a gap that opened up the night when Ronja the Robber's Daughter was born, but it is also the title of the albums fifth track. This song is very catchy, it has a mixture of fast and slow rhythms and do also offer a great guitar solo that cleverly twists into Ronja's theme-song.

So who is Katla they sing about in the sixth song? If you've ever read or seen Lionhearts Brothers that's the final character in the form of an ugly and evil dragon they fight against. Song wise I can't help but think of the song Darknorsk! performed by Unchaste - There's a part in the song that is reminiscent of the same building and it annoys me a bit; not from a rendered and negative perspective, but the very idea that constantly gnaws in my head. It's not possible to ignore the idea in that Unchaste and Svartur Dödur actually was the greatness of current parody of black metal during the 90th century. Not to forget Vithattens "Don't Burn the Witch".

The last song is called "Eld" (Fire) and it is an epilogue with samples withdrawn from the movie above after the brothers have won the fight against Tengil and Katla. And all who are familiar with the tale of Nangijala, you will continue to Nangilima, and moving on from darkness to the lightened paradise. This is good, and gives us a hope that the band will give us more material in the future.

So how should I compile this album? It's very imaginative and with their satirical attributes you should absolutely not take the album deadly serious. This is humor and it allowes to joke about. It's very innocent and I absolutely love this kind of band that does not take themselves too seriously and who dare to float out. Musically speaking, the guys have developed something enormously from their debut album until today. Amazing structures, talented guitar solos and an endurance of potential black metal screams.

I find it difficult to count up how many times I've listened to this album since it was released. But at least a hundred times, and then I'm honest. I love the whole concept and I can really dreamed me into their living world - If I must add my favorite tracks, it is undoubtedly "I Skymningslandet" and "Helvetesgapet". I sincerely hope that Svartur Dödur continue their journey, that the end is not reached and it would have been great fun to experience these guys live one day.


Band members:
FaderwaR - Bass
Thorak - Drums
Skuggan - Vocals
Amok - Guitars

Label: Independent
Country: Sweden

Bandcamp: http://svarturdodur.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/svarturdodur/