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Friday, November 30, 2018

Dodsfall - Doden Skal Ikke Vente

Dodsfall have had a potent reputation in the global black metal scene since 2011's Den Svart Skogen with the individual members career stretching back well before that. This is a group who perfectly represent the Norwegian black metal scene in all of its swagger glory, and while the members may have moved, the influences of the Bergen sound on their band is palpable. Doden Skal Ikke Vente is a thrilling release and another gem in the crown of Osmose Productions. The bombastic assault of this record transport the listener into a time forgot.

A band who don't just rely on fluttering blast beats and frostbitten vibes to get by, Doden Skal Ikke Vente shows that Dodsfall are a group who have a deep appreciation for songwriting and whose general approach is far more thought out. The angular riffing that defines this record is reminiscent of acts like Beastcraft, but generally reflects the seething anger of the Norwegian brand of black metal. While at times Doden Skal Ikke Vente hints at a desire for the transcendental, by and large, Dodsfall is a band who seem to revel in the inherent darkness of their sound, bringing you down to their dungeon crawling depths.

Full of rich melodic content and exciting, death defying sonic twists and turns, Dodsfall have crafted the sort of black metal record that their scene should be proud of. While it certainly doesn't break any new ground that's not really the point. The point is that this is a really fucking good piece of black metal that lives and breathes and hints at broad new soundscapes. This is a record that forces you to think and which builds on the potent tropes that formed a movement. Doden Skal Ikke Vente is great because it reminds us why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

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