I remember listening to Dungen a couple of years ago and thinking this Swedish band does classic/garage rock better than a majority of American bands. The album Skabt Værk Består by Syreregn gave me that same feeling. These guys may be from Denmark but it’s close enough to Sweden that it’s apparent these regions have good taste in music. To get to the point fast this album rocks in the best way possible. If you are a fan of bands like T. Rex, Cream and Led Zeppelin, you will want to make sure not to miss this.
I reviewed Velvet Moth recently and like that album Skabt Værk Består is able to sound like it was made in the ‘70s rather than trying to copy the aesthetics from that era. As much as this album rocks there are some unexpected twists and turns, which we will get to shortly.
The album starts off with the title track “Skabt Værk Består,” which begins with a loose collection of sounds. Atmospheric pads, bells, and guitars tinker about until a prominent baseline is inserted into the mix. The album slowly builds with anticipation as if you are listening to a breakdown from The Doors. Vocals enter into the picture.
I couldn't understand a word (because I don’t understand the language) but it sounded great to my ears. The song is eventually covered in distortion but not too long before it transitions into a smooth, improv style breakdown revolving around an organ.
The second track "HypnoKongen" is a rocking good time. There are some great, crunchy guitar riffs on this track and the song contains another loose breakdown. I was thrown for a loop when I heard the sitars at the beginning of "Marana Tha" that reminded me of Ravi Shankar. I loved the dreamy, psychedelic eastern feel. The thing that is really cool is how they starting layering guitars and drums into the mix. This song is twelve plus minutes long and it eventually gets into metal territory and somehow managed not to sound like a gimmick. The last song "Psychedelic Baby" wraps things up nicely and is the hardest rocking song on the EP.
These dudes are the real deal. Can't wait for more.
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