DEN SAAKALDTE – Kapittel II – Faen i Helvete
- by J. Nepper
- Posted on 05-05-2014
Depressive (and depressed?) Norwegian black metallers Den Saakaldte have returned with a new dark opus that will flush your day right down the toilet. What more could you ungrateful fucks ask for? Right, then. Let’s move on. Kapittel II – Faen i Helvete contains 7 songs that are filled to the brim with dark, twisted, and gloomy atmospheres. There are quite a few mid-tempo and almost doom metal-like riffs to be found here and there while the vocals are also quite varied in the sense that grim and intense black metal vocals, spoken words, and obscure chants are all employed throughout. I love some of the bass melodies and harmonies that crop up from time to time and rear their melancholic heads. The bass is actually quite upfront a lot of the time, which is something I wholeheartedly love. The production is quite solid in that it neither lacks punch nor dynamics. The musicianship is excellent, of that there can be no doubt.
The overall mood of the album does verge on the hate-filled and spiteful, which is probably what these guys were aiming for in the first place. Not all 7 songs appeal to me, but the album as a whole is pretty consistent and interesting, not to mention above average. People who were into "All Hail Pessimism" should give this one a couple of spins.