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Review: Orkenkjott - Skygger og Skov
Skygger og Skov

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 12:49
Tracks: 2
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 17, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

From the frozen land of Norway comes the Black/Experimental Orkenkjott and their 2 song EP, Skygger og Stov (which roughly translates to Shadows and Dust, according to guitarist Simen). At first blush these guys bring a fairly straightforward Black Metal sound to the table: mid-paced tempos, heavy guitars and a pair of singers who mix harsh growls with occasional cleaner vocals. Based on this you might think Orkenkjott is just another Black Metal band with not much new to offer. A couple of spins will reveal why they call themselves "experimental."

The first track, "Skygger og Stov" is a mix of growls and distorted guitars alternating with slower passages featuring clean vocals, guitars and bongos (yup, bongos). The slower parts have an almost tribal groove which is an interesting contrast to the heavier parts. The song builds in intensity, reaching a peak right at the end of the track. Track 2, "Jeg Ser Verden Brenne" (I See the World Burn) sticks to the heavy, mid-tempo arrangement with a mix of harsh and clean vocals. There is even a guitar solo toward the end. Nice touch. Orkenkjott work hard to create moods and atmospheres within the music without a heavy reliance on keyboards. The lyrics are in Norwegian and deal with personal issues/struggles (according to the band, I barely understand English some days, to say nothing of Norwegian).

I am late to the Black Metal party so I can't give a list of bands these guys sound like and anyone can check their Myspace page to see who their influences are. What I can say is these two songs grabbed me on the 2nd listen, especially "Skygger og Stov," and I've been listening to them over and over. Orkenkjott sound like nothing I have heard and if you are looking for something a little different, they are definitely worth a listen.

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