Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ondt Blod - Natur

I've said it before and I'll say it again - one of the great joys of this blog is getting hit out of nowhere with a band I never thought I would listen too on my own and falling immediately, deeply and madly in love. With touches of Sami culture impacting the incredibly fun and over the top sonic assault of Ondt Blod's latest opus Natur this is the band who might be destined to succeed Kvelertak in the world of insane Norwegian rock. Powerful, chock to the brim with massive choruses and incredibly fun, this is why I got into punk in the first place.

Sure the fact that this record fuses hardcore with touches of occult metal and then fun loving punk can make it sound like a hodge podge but look at Kvelertak and bands of that ilk. When it comes down to it - this is a record that you can't help but to fall in love with. Even in these incredibly dark winter months there is something strangely reassuring about a record whose every chorus sounds like the summer. Light hearted and powerful and unafraid to dwell in darker realities Natur is a blast from start to finish. Sure it plays into certain tropes, but it does so lovingly, with the desire to get your fist pumping and your blood racing. This is the kind of super put together punk rock that makes the genre worth listening to forty years after its inception.

It's rare that a non-English language record really captures my heart like Natur has. Yet here we are. It's an album that you can tell the band had fun making and which gives you a lot to sink your teeth into. It's crazy and fun, there are silly pop moments and there are moments where ancient folk traditions are brought in, and yet through it all this is an album that you can't help but to fall in love with. ADD, thrilling, and impossible to pick apart in just a moment or two this is the kind of fun loving blast we need to survive.

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