VARIOUS ARTISTS: Norrland D-Beat Compilation: CD

Jul 12, 2007

It never ceases to amaze how the Scandinavians have managed to take the sound and style of a single band, namely Discharge, and turn it into an entire sub-genre. On this comp are nine bands from the northern end of Sweden who take the basic template invented by Cal and the boys more than two decades ago and manage to come up with nine wholly different takes on it. From the metal of Ambulance to the grinding noise of UrUg to the more traditional thrash of Human Waste, a whole host of noise is here, waiting to lay waste to your eardrums and induce convulsions if you crank up the volume anywhere past four. Besides the above, other bands representing here are Ana Barata, Earth Died Screaming, 365 Dagar Av Synd, Reign of Bombs, Auktion, and Uncle Charles, the latter of which provides the requisite Mob 47 cover, “Rustning är ett brott.” Most definitely a comp worth tracking down.

 –jimmy (Wasted Sounds)