Den Saakaldte are a band from Norway that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style on this recording that combines depressive black metal with thrash, doom metal and elements of experimental and this is a review of their 2014 album "Faen i Helvete" which was released by Agonia Records.
A very fast and raw black metal sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and grim screams as well as some morbid sounding melodies and the band also has a good amount of thrash elements in their musical sound and they also bring in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
When clean singing and spoken word parts are added on the album they still maintain a grim and dark feeling as well as having traces of avant garde in their sound and the guitar solos and leads the band brings onto the album are very melodic sounding and there musical style is very true to the Norwegian black metal tradition along with a few of the tracks being long and epic in length.
The doom metal elements are added into the slower sections of the music and the band shows a great amount of progress from the previous recording I reviewed a few months back and almost sounds like a different band but you can still hear the depressive black metal elements when the band adds in small amounts of soft and clean playing, while the first half of the album is very straight forward the more experimental side of the band shows on the later tracks while always remaining true to their Norwegian black metal sound.
Den Saakaaldte show a great amount of progress on their new album adding in a more catchy style of black metal as well as having a great amount of thrash and doom influences and the band also shows that they are not afraid to experiment with their sound, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover depression, emotional and paranoia themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Den Saakaldte and if you are a fan of Norwegian style black metal with experimental elements, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Din Siste Dag" "Endelost Ode" and "Ondskapens Nodvendighet". 8 out of 10.