Earlier this year, Norwegian hardcore band Shevils blew us and a great many others away with their single We Walk On Shattered Glass, a song which is deviously addictive with its flame of abrasive enthralling noise. The recent release of the band’s previous EP Necropolis in Indonesia, and it has to be said to a full flood of hunger and acclaim, gave us the excuse to take a look back at the four track confrontation and a wise move it turned out to be.
The Oslo quartet consists of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarists Christoffer Gaarder and Andreas Myrvold also bass, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning, a group of musicians who seem to have an instinctive touch when making noise and abrasion seduce and invigorate whilst it scars and bleeds dry the senses. Formed in 2010 the band has entrenched their unique brand of sound in the psyche of their homeland through debut album The Year Of The Fly, the singles Is This To be (Our Lives)?, which also opens up Necropolis, and the aforementioned We Walk On Shattered Glass, the last we suggest the trigger to the widest recognition as the band works on their second full length release.
The EP tumbles onto the ear with a clutch of beats before unleashing the full burn of sonic enterprise within Is This To be (Our Lives)? The guitars scorch the flesh of the ear to raise the temperature and impact upon the senses with vocals equally abrasive with their intensive squalls. The band is tagged as hardcore but there is much more to their presence and invention, the song alone a tempest of punk, noise, and sonic discord weaved into a hardcore ferocity making bodies stagger back and thoughts grip to any sanity as they search for the eye of the battering storm which never comes.
It is a tremendous start immediately surpassed by the title track. Again the drums of Rønning open up the initial provocation but are soon joined and wrapped by the blaze of guitar fire and bass intimidation, as well as of course the vocal maelstrom of passion and energy from Voldrønning. The sinews of the track have a twisting flexibility to their intrusive incitement which entraps and cuts off any sign of escape, not that you will want to, whilst Myrvold and Gaarder rub and graze the psyche with their exhausting and rapacious riffs and sonic invention. The only thing wrong with the track is the too brief a presence it offers though that is soon forgotten once the rabid destructive breath of Sleep-Waking careers over the senses. As its consumes and aggressively launches it sonic tirade, the track provokes an emotive if violent narrative for thoughts to fall before though to be honest such the intensity of the vicious torrent of sonic spite they barely have time to spark into life before being numbed by the exhilarating assault.
Closing track is a remix of Necropolis by Tiikeri, a version which flirts intriguingly and impressively with noise and psyche rock, the result a mix which sounds like a cross between Pitchshifter, early Killing Joke, and The Gaa Gaas and almost rivals the stature of the original.
The Necropolis EP is sonic manna, which though their last single still holds the passions the tightest follows a mere breath away in its wake. Roll on the Shevils album is all we can impatiently say, it promises to be epic.
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