SVÖLK - Svölk'em All

Svölk - Svölk'em All

12 songs
60:15 minutes
***** ***


Svölk come from the Norwegian capital Oslo and have been around since 2005. The strange band name lets you expect another folk metal band, but the five guys in their checkered lumberjack shirts have nothing in common with that genre. The band apparently plays bear metal, which means that they want to emphasise their Nordic redneck attitude. After an EP and an eponymous debut, they are now back with their second album Svölk ‘Em All, where at least the title is a nice reference to Metallica.

Hard rock, stoner metal and Southern rock are combined in an easygoing and uncomplicated fashion. This doesn’t promise to be original, and, let’s be honest, it certainly isn’t. Nevertheless their music is good fun, and despite the album’s one hour length, we are ceaselessly entertained, as the band is opting for timeless rock music, and also has the necessary songwriting skills to pull the stunt through. Comparisons to bands like The New Black, Volbeat and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster definitely make sense, and there are certainly worse artists to be influenced by. Furthermore the vocalist reminds me a little of Glenn Danzig, which is another advantage. Mid-tempo and faster material keep quite the balance, with the band being at ease on both fronts. They have quite a flair for great guitar riffs. The somewhat distorted bass and melodic guitar lines that remind of the good, old NWOBHM times do all it takes to give the songs the necessary drive. Some tracks are closer to the Southern genre, while others are much heavier and could even appeal to open-minded thrash metal fans. The concluding Overload even contains some blues parts before it becomes more rocking and even adopts quite an epic attitude.

Svölk ‘Em All is an album that spreads good humour. Die well thought through, yet never exhausting songs are great to drink and sing along. It is obvious from the start that these musicians really love what they are doing. Maybe they should try to work on a more own sound in the future, but even so their music has its very own charm.

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