Remember InGen’s other hybrid dinosaur? The Mastodon/Red Fang hybrid? Yep. It’s back.
This summer, after years of absence, everyone’s favourite giant monster lizard finally returns! No, I’m not referring to the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex in Jurassic World, but the other dinosaur, the… fuzzier one! Skraeckoedlan, meaning ‘dinosaur’ in Swedish, have unleashed their monster of a second album “Sagor”, picking up where they left off in 2011 with “Äppelträdet”.
How is the sound ?
“Sagor” brings back more of the same heavy, warm fuzzy tone interlaced with melodic and groovy riffs that made “Äppelträdet” one of my most played albums over the past couple of years.
Though heavy, it is definitely easy on the ears as it is the perfect blend comprising of the melody and catchiness of Swedish Stoner Rock (Truckfighters, Dozer etc) and the bluesy, groovy elements of Progressive Rock, that will leave you headbanging from start to finish.
There are few words in the English language that can be used to describe “Sagor”; gargantuan, monstrous, colossal… yet those words do not convey its majesty and beauty. Perhaps, in going with the theme of monsters and creatures, the Japanese term “Kaiju” is more apt.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Riffs and more riffs! Heavy, sublime and melodic. The perfect blend.
- If you’re already a fan of Mastodon and Red Fang, this is what a combination of both bands would sound like.
- It is very easy on the ears.
- If you’re looking for a record to headbang to this summer.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
Definitely not when driving – it is not safe! Trust me, your mind will wander when you listen to this. Find the most comfortable chair you have, dim the lights and pour yourself a glass of the finest whiskey you’ve got. You’re going on a journey. A beautiful one.
Something particular to note ?
Fans of Skraeckoedlan will notice there has been a slight difference between “Sagor” and “Äppelträdet”. Unlike “Äppelträdet”, “Sagor” is definitely weaker in terms of vocal melody. In “Äppelträdet”, there were many songs I found myself singing along to despite not knowing a single word of Swedish such as “Cactus” and “Universe”. Nonetheless, it’s nothing to get up in arms about. “Sagor” still retains a slight bit of the catchiness found in the first album in the song “Flod”.
For first time listeners of Skraeckoedlan, if you do find yourself enjoying “Sagor”, do give “Äppelträdet” a listen. Not kidding when I say it’s one of the best albums of 2011.
Flod, El Monstro, Gigantos, Squidman
For Fans Of
Red Fang, Truckfighters, Mastodon, The Sword
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