Svaveldioxid: Världselände 12"

Svaveldioxid: Världselände 12"

Tags: · 12" · 2023 · 20s · Blown Out Media · d-beat · hardcore · hcpmf · punk · sweden
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BLOWN OUT MEDIA offers 250 black vinyl and 250 neon green/transparent blood red A side/B side vinyl 12-inch records with printed inner sleeve with lyrics and band photo. 10 tracks at 45 rpm. Find link to buy record in the bio or contact Blown Out Media using the link below.

In a world saturated by an ever-growing abundance of hardcore, punk and everything in between, it’s tough to decipher at times what will stand the test of time and what will wither into the ether.

Since 2015, Svaveldioxid has been gracing our ears and is here for the long haul.

I can say this band will stand the test of endurance with their sincere passion for good hardcore punk.

For me, punk rock has always been more about the presence of its spirit and general message than its fashion statement and these guys prove they are not here to impress you with shallow punk rock tropes, but to enhance the harsh musical experience that comes with a strong mind and message behind what they are doing.

This two-track gem (Mental Skyttegrav flexi) is a D-beat behemoth that’s sonically on point with their Stockholm roots.

We know that Sweden is home to some of the worlds best extreme music and Svaveldioxid is one that comes out on top and will continue to carry the banner in the world of classic kang punk.

The punk rock powerhouse Blown Out Media was gracious enough to release this flexi, which is a precursor to their forthcoming LP, Världselände.

This little gem (Mental Skyttegrav flexi) gives us an excellent idea of what’s to come (Världselände 12-inch record) and I personally look forward to hearing what will easily become a favorite for the year.

Our take: Världselände is the latest full-length (the fourth, I believe, besides many EPs) from this prolific Swedish d-beat band. While we’ve carried Svaveldioxid’s records for years at Sorry State, I’m no expert on their music, but I have friends who are big fans and I heard this new album was particularly good, so I thought I’d check it out. Svaveldioxid sounds to me like prototypical Swedish käng, with that Disfear / Wolfpack-esque way of riding heavy grooves for a long time, rarely breaking songs up with tempo changes or rhythmic accents, but keeping the fists banging. The vocalist is compelling, with a perfectly shredded snarl that sounds even more intense next to the instrumentalists’ more deliberate delivery. When I dropped the needle on Världselände, I was taken aback by the heaviness of its production, which has considerably more bottom end than your typical d-beat recording. Turns out Världselände was recorded by Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studios, the man responsible for the sound of so much classic 90s Swedish death metal. The record sounds massive, and besides the sound, Svaveldioxid has some brief flirtations with metal in their songs, with the intro for “Massförintelse” using some spooky black metal chords and “Dödens Väntrum” ending the album with a long, wandering guitar solo. While Världselände lands on the more composed and refined end of the d-beat spectrum, Svaveldioxid’s sophistication sharpens rather than dulls their attack.