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Skraeckoedlan - Eorþe

Label: Fuzzorama Records
Format: Download
Released: 2018
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 8/10


As an English-speaking listener, I have no idea how to pronounce the band name, I can’t understand a word of the lyrics, and I’d probably mangle the songs titles, if I spoke them aloud. But even in my ignorance, I can appreciate their 2019 album, “Eorþe,” on a musical level. The songs are just easy on the listener: smooth, clean (with some occasional gruffness) male vocals and diggable riffs, with a strong 90s feel - - mostly 90s Metal, but there are occasional dips into Pearl Jam/Temple of the Dog territory. While the lighter riffs and tone recall Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, their heavy guitar tone is more reminiscent of this century’s Mastodon.

 

What’s interesting. . . It’s a pretty solid set of tunes from top to bottom, but none of the riffs really stand out, when you’re away from the album. I recognize the hooks and enjoy them when they’re playing; the riffs and vocal melodies are strong, they just don’t embed themselves. The two longest tunes, “Elfensbenssalarna” and “King Mammut,” are probably the best on the record, although track 3: “Creatures of Doggerland” is also highly recommended.
If you’re monolingual like me, and don’t mind being in the dark on the words, then Skreasskckeosoandoensldaoaian’s “Eorþe” is definitely good solid, riff-oriented Metal, and well worth your time. The album is full of fantastic little discoverable moments.
(I kid. They’re called Skraeckoedlan, which is apparently a reference to Godzilla in Swedish)

 
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