DÖDSVARG: Eld: CD

Pretty fucking brutal. This Swedish metal project seems to be a primarily solo production that features an assortment of guest vocalists and collaborators. That makes for a healthy variety of heavy-as-fuck music, from dirge-like doom and black metal shrieking to soaring, symphonic leads and breakneck crusty hardcore. Pretty impressive considering that, more often than not, the songs blend fluidly from one to the next. Some similarly genre-bending instrumental breaks are scattered throughout (the mellow, gothic-country-leaning “Ivan” has to be the coolest). Lyrics are in Swedish, German, and English—maybe more than that, but that’s all I’ve translated. Definitely dark, heavy, and pissed, language aside. Metal is admittedly not my native territory, but this is tight. –Indiana Laub (Self-released)