Den Saakaldte are a band from Norway that plays a very experimental and depressive from of black metal and this is a review of their 2008 demo "Morke Og Depresjon" which was re-issued on limited edition cassette by Bylec Tum in 2014.
The ep starts out with ambient sounding synths, drones and experimental sounds and after the intro the music goes into a more experimental black metal direction along with saxophones and then it goes more into a more straight forward and old school direction and brings in grim screams and vocals.
As the demo progresses more fast parts, melody and depressive elements are brought into the music as well as some clean parts and melodic vocals being added into certain sections of the recording as well as retaining the experimental and avant garde parts and on other songs you can also hear a small amount of death metal growls.
After awhile acoustic guitars are brought into the music along with melodic guitar leads and on every song they bring in a different sound as well as having an instrumental which continues the ambient sounds of the intro as well as bringing in a classical music feeling and then the demo goes back into a heavier yet still experimental direction
On this demo Den Saalkaldte show a great amount of diversity and they take influences from the traditional, melodic and depressive forms of black metal and mix them in win avant garde and experimental elements to create a sound of their own.
Song lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover depressive themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and heavy sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length and the last 2 songs are bonus tracks, one being a 2006 demo track and the other a live track from 2009.
In my opinion Den Saakaldte are a very great sounding experimental, depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Drikke Ens Skal" "Ode" and "Mesias". 8/5 out of 10.
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