Sometimes when I agree to review an album, I don’t think things through very well. For this album, it’s mainly down to the lack of information about the band… so what the fuck am I going to talk about for a few hundred words?
Well, what I do know is that Jordablod are a trio from Malmö in Sweden and that they released an EP in 2015, the year they formed, and a two tracker last year… and both tracks from their 2016 release can heard on this, their debut album.
Apart from that, I have to dissect the album… which isn’t particularly easy as I don’t think Jordablod follow a set pattern.
The vocals learn towards a more Deathly rasp, but they aren’t quite Death Metal and the music leans towards Black Metal. But this isn’t a blasphemous free for all. The riffs are one of the highlights of the album, but they veer towards a sort of epic psychedelic journey… and the drums… fuck… they just wash over you and stamp on your head for fun.
And then of course, the band can shoot off on a tangent and the songs can be all out Black Metal, or things can drift into pure calmness, almost into shoegaze territory. There’s even a few Eastern flavours woven into their sound.
Ultimately, the structures will be familiar to many, but the execution is pleasantly… I’m not sure if original is the correct term, so I guess pleasantly refreshing would be the most apt description.
And I like a band that can challenge me. Which is just as well, as I cannot pin down Jordablod at all.
There’s a small niggle somewhere in the back of my mind that makes me think of (early) Killing Joke… although I don’t think they sound alike, it’s more to do with the power of their sound, which at times, is jaw dropping, especially on Chants For The Black One, which is just a monster of a track. But apart from that, this is just an exhilarating journey from start to finish, without the need to make any comparisons with other bands.
Jordablod will be a new name to many, but on the strength of this album, I expect that situation to change very soon.