January 19th, 2015
Release length: 17:23
Grift introduces a very depressing thematic atmosphere on “Skarprättaren”. Accordions play in the dimly lit night behind someone sharpening a blade for just over two-and-a-half minutes. What follows is some thick, rawer sounding Black Metal that keeps the atmospheric olden days alive through cleaner chords and harsher rasps that illicit as much emotion as some of the melancholic hooks that appear later on, such as around the four minute mark. Towards the end, however, there is a subtle hint of glory to be felt, something this band shares with Saiva‘s entry.
“Sjiedvárre” is more your traditional frostbitten Black Metal cut with little experimentation utilized. This isn’t a bad thing at all, though. In fact it works with the moderately slower overall speed, though the tight guitars do breathe a little extra life into the mix. But while it does take its time, this track is very well paced for a ten minute offering. It’s also a fine example of solid Black Metal musicianship with rare bouts of hymnal chanting vocals that compliment the colder touch quite well without being abused.
Skarprättaren & Sjiedvárre isn’t all that an impressive Black Metal split, but there’s no denying these two entries are executed very well. Even the over two minute long introduction on “Skarprättaren” winds up working in the band’s favor. Both Grift and Saiva‘s contributions are just enough to tantalize the ears, making you wonder what else these bands have to offer. Skarprättaren & Sjiedvárre is just seventeen minutes of cold, grim and morose music fans of the genre will embrace a lot more warmly than the music itself ever will.
Side A: Grift
01. Skarprättaren – 07:22
Side B: Saiva
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10