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Sorgeldom – “I Kloaken Lattar VI Ankar”

A lot happens on Swedish black metal trio Sorgeldom’s ambitious second album Inner Receivings. Yeah, Dr: Sundén, Jodöden, and J. Marklund play black metal, but it’s the progressive, expansive shoegazing (and genre-stretching, star-melting) sort you may more immediately associate with America, France, or Italy than the small Northern Swedish town of Skellefteå. Of course Swedes also break templates. Sorgeldom’s outpouring of riffs and howls has a more depressive rock feel than you’d find in the primitive weirdness of Woods Of Infinity. (You do get knotty weirdo pastoral interludes and bleak, damp ambiance on Inner Receivings. You also get a Slowdive cover.) There are similarities with pal Bergraven, but he nails that insular one-man expansiveness and you can imagine these guys hopping onto a larger stage (as they do with a session live bassist). Appropriate Swedish links would be post-rock tweakers Lifelover or Sorgeldom’s closest aesthetic ally/sister band, the excellent Whirling, who share two members, use Bergraven’s Pär Gustafsson in the studio, and whose AE contributes the “clear” guest vocals on Inner Receivings. Outside the country, my mind goes to (a dreamier version of) forefathers Ved Buens Ende, a chillier Nachtmystium of Instinct: Decay, more recent Hiems, or Forgotten Tomb’s Negative Megalomania. A good example of what the guys in Sorgeldom do well is the almost 11-minute opener “I Kloaken Lattar VI Ankar” (the aforementioned AE shows up at the end). It sounds like it’s starting in the middle of things because the band’s constantly pushing in all directions.

Sorgeldom – “I Kloaken Lattar VI Ankar”

Inner Receivings is out via Nordvis. So far it’s one of the biggest surprises/discoveries of my 2010. You can hear more, including that cover of Slowdive’s “Summer Day,” at MySpace.

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