Johan Klovsjö

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Location: Göteborg, Sweden


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Serpent & Sphere ~ Agalloch
Serpent & Sphere ~ Agalloch
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just when you think Agalloch is going to turn things up and go hard and heavy, they do the opposite. And HOW they do it...

Serpent & Sphere is a clear line drawn against the band's previous full length, Marrow of the Spirit, which seems to have been a bit of a one-off in terms of the hard and heavy. And however much I enjoyed MotS, Agalloch does the mellower stuff better. That is not to say that Serpent & Sphere does not ROCK, not at all!

It is perhaps the band's ability to combine the rocking beats of doom metal with the mellow folk melodies that defines them. Powerful metal drums and over it an eerie guitar melody that turns your belly into a knot. Metal themes… Read more
Forever Becoming ~ Pelican
Forever Becoming ~ Pelican
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A robust and logical follow-up to 2008s What We All Come to Need.

The album packs powerful metal melodies that pave a clear way of "Post Metal" for others to pick up and follow. This instrumental band doesn't leave the listener let down by easy tunes and catchy sounds, but explore the intricacies of metal instruments and progressive melodies. It's a rhythmic guitar and drum focused sound that is at once both groovy challenging.

If you listen to music that takes you on journeys, that explores the sounds and melodies within, then you need to check out Pelican.
If you want something to sing (or scream) along to, look elsewhere.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Massive and erosive to the ears! But what happened to the epic class of "Mammal"?

If you're unfamiliar with the band, they play a kind of post-black metal with thoroughly heavy beats and electronic bass sampling. It's very effective, very loud.

If you've heard the bands previous album, you'll instantly recognise the sound. But on this new album the sound is heavier and deeper, more massive in its scope. The music lends itself naturally to long winding songs building towards epic climaxes. But, surprisingly, the band has opted for much shorter tracks, which leaves me feeling a bit let down. They could have explored these 8 pieces (plus a weird intro that feels… Read more

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