Ofdrykkja are a band from Sweden that plays a very suicidal and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "A Life Worth Losing" which was released by Avantgarde Music.
A very dark and melodic guitar lead starts off the album and after a couple of minutes you can hear some grim vocals being utilized in the background and after the first track guitar riffs start making their way into the music along with some spoken word parts which are used on a regular basis throughout the recording and it also slowly starts to build up to be of a black metal musical direction.
The solos and leads the band uses bring in a great amount of sorrow full melodies and when black metal vocals are added into the music they bring in more of a suicidal and depressive sound along with the band using a good mixture of both clean and heavy parts and the music gets more atmospheric as the album progresses.
When female vocals are brought in briefly on one of the tracks they add in a great amount of originality to the bands depressive black metal approach and after awhile the music starts to speed up a bit and add in more of a raw sound along with a small amount of blast beats while also still retaining a good amount of the depressive elements and halfway through the recording an instrumental with all piano's finds its way into the mix while the following track sees the band bringing in acoustic guitars along with some clean singing vocals which they also mix in with the heavier parts on the following tracks as well.
Ofdrykkja creates a very original style of depressive suicidal black metal adding a lot of newer elements to this genre and with their music they help the genre growl and evolve instead of copying the bands that came before them, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swedish and English and cover dark, depressive, and suicidal themes.
In my opinion Ofdrykkja are a very great and original sounding depressive, suicidal black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Livets Dystra Glang" "Under My Influence" "Bury Them Under Nails And Crust" and "Bitterljuv Mostalgi". 8 out of 10.