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LIK – “Besvartade Strofer” – [Frostcald]

LIK

LIK (‘Lekamen Illusionen Kallet,’ apparently untranslatable) was founded in 2000 in Sweden by a duo of Black Metal scene vets from bands such as Bergraven and Armagedda. Discogs calls their sound ‘Occult Rock’ but the chains of Black Metal influence are perhaps not so easily shed. This 2005 album certainly incorporates gothic rock/neofolk elements (t.1, 5, 6) but there are tracks (2, 4) with a strong Pagan Black Metal sound as well. The mostly clean vocals are deep-chested and skaldic, equally suited for a Viking Metal or Goth band, but the psychedelic quasi-BM experiments here fit nicely alongside work by Lifelover, Enslaved, Isengard, Deinonychus, Forgotten Woods, Furze or Urfaust. That said, there’s something else going on too. LIK don’t really sound like anyone else, in a manner somewhat ineffably refreshing. The repetition in their compositions feels deeply significant, as though something is being worked out ritualistically. The raven-mounted Celtic cross on the back of the CD is a clue. Their use of synthesized instruments (t.s 1, 2, 3) is especially hypnotic. When the sun rises over the ancient stone tomb, I raise my wand of mistletoe…

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on July 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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