Thursday, December 22, 2011

Logn - Í fráhvarfi ljóss, myrkrið lifnar við (2011)

Full Length, Unknown / Independent
November 24th, 2011

Genre: Grindcore
Region: Iceland

"In Icelandic, the word logn is used in reference to a calm weather – peace - lull. The calm veiled a looming threat. A storm is about to ensue."


An ironic definition I would think from the sound of this record. The name of this album in English is "In The Absence Of Light, Darkness Comes To Life", and what we have here is some dark Icelandic grind. I can't say I've heard much metal come out of Iceland but that could just be due to my complete lack of inquiry and exploration regarding the country.

This is a pretty sick album I must say and I would hope Logn gives a good representation of what the scene looks like up there in Iceland — a pleasant surprise in the often neglected request folder. Thirteen tracks flipping back and forth between 50 second rapid fire dirty grindcore and an occasional flurry of slow, crusty hardcore in the form of 5 to 7 minute melodic frolics. Both aspects are pulled of very well, dark and pissed with the slow moments giving off a feeling of brooding sadness (as can be heard in Salt í sárin and Í fráhvarfi ljóss). 

A storm of clever, sometimes chaotic and groovy riffs, speedy drumming, pummeling basslines and ear-shredding vocals all throughout. Not revolutionary but I would say it has a definite unique tone in the crowded grind arena, and is an excellent and earth-scorching effort for this young grind act. 

A strong and tight performance, well paced and heartfelt. Certainly if you're a fan of Gadget and sweet grind like that I encourage you to check this out as it won't disappoint. Download and listen to it on their bandcamp page, buy it here, and follow them on facebook.

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