The Sky Is Dying over Gothenburg Habitations
Getting any tapes from Till You Fukkin Bleed label is like a time machine teleporting me to the first half of the nineties, still with glow on my cheeks, trembling hands and shuffling legs, nothing has been changed through all these years. All right, let’s see at the item shown to the world few months ago: modestly and neatly released with printed lyrics and band’s photography. What do I need more? Of course, the only thing that counts is music, doesn’t it? Right, and I tell you that my first meeting with this Swedish trio is a really good sonic journey. Yes, their location is Gothenburg, but do not be misled, as „Human Macabre Icon” is another… instrument that turns time successfully back, though it is definitely more precise taking me to the 1993 year when a certain band called Entombed released its third album called „Wolverine Blues”. And this last (so far) stuff of Let Them Hang I would place somewhere in time when the final seconds of „Out of Hand” reverberate.
This Swedish characteristic sound which comes out of the tape is like an air to breathe: I need to it to live. Yep, I got addicted maaaany years ago and there’s no matter if the underground / mainstream is overcrowded by such bands. There’s no matter as long as I’m able to discover another killing bands like Let Them Hang. Comparing to the sound realization of „Wolverine Blues”, the band didn’t decide to turn up the bass lines so much. Anyway, the persons of Isak Edh and Anders Lagerfors did a good job providing absolutely macabre sound, especially when played at maximum volume. The rest? I cannot be wrong. Three tracks, ten minutes, Swedish death included. For sure the band doesn’t expose melodic parts like in „Hollowman”, „Heavens Die” or mentioned „Out of Hand”. No, they put special emphasis on general direct moving rhythms and grooving intensity. And it’s hard to choose the best one as they stick to mind at once, but maybe the final song with two kind of vocals? Just take a listen on slowdown appearing at 2:00. Yep, I can feel like crawling in entrails, guys. Add not so fast neck-breaking pace, catchy portions of riffs and recipe for a gig firecracker is ready. It’s not possible to stay fixedly.
If the second song in the family is the fastest yet with some doomy parts, „Network in Blood” has really strange (but I’m not saying it sucks) slowing down, influenced by any doomy / sludge crew I guess. And summing it, those tracks mean they do not want to invent anything as everything has been invented in this kind of music. But! If the band doesn’t want to be forgotten, the essence is to find own place in the nowadays infinite similarity flood and the trio definitely did their duty. Band’s bandcamp declaration predicates that the music should be fun, loud, intense and made by and for fans. Believe me, all is correct for these mad Swedes and I buy it in such a form: simple, hard-hitting and bloodboiling. So guys, it’s a good time for a full-length, especially when „Human Macabre Icon” saw the rotten light of day in August, 2015. I only do hope they will try to keep it as it has been sereved here, not trying to jump into „To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth” ooze. It wouldn’t be nice.
(written in October, 2017)