2015 saw the release of The White Sea, the third album from Norwegian hardcore outfit Shevils. It was a release greedily grabbing acclaim yet since then the band has been relatively quiet. That was until last November which saw the Oslo hailing quartet come back into focus with the raucous roar of the single Miracle of the Sun and now the band cement that striking return with its voracious successor, Monsters On TV.
It was back in 2011 that Shevils unleashed the track Is This To be (Our Lives)? and forcibly gripped our attention. Since then through The Necropolis EP and the albums, The Year Of The Fly and Lost In Tartarus, the band has gone from strength to strength in reputation and sound; each release revealing a potent evolution in their fusion of hardcore and noise punk and the viral enterprise driving it. Taken from upcoming new full-length, Miracle of the Sun, the band’s last and new singles suggest the trend has continued, each a clamorous incitement as ripe in imagination as they are unbridled in ferocity and feral contagion.
We thought we would bring both to you for a thick taster of that album to come starting with the newest, Monsters On TV. The flying beats of Anders Emil Rønning demand instant attention, his muscular strikes soon joined by the familiar intense tones of vocalist Anders Voldrønning and the just as ripe and sonically imposing wires of guitarist Andreas Andre Myrvold. By the second it settles into a contagious stroll, one still tempestuous but greedily catchy as the rhythmic prowess of Rønning and bassist Johan Staxrud steer the trespass.
Unpredictability has always been a potent tool in their sound and takes a big bite out of expectations when the song stops at the height of its tempest and immediately launches a nagging groove upon the senses. Like an alter-ego, the assault burrowed under the skin, its nature more even tempered but no less merciless in temptation and ferity than what came before, it’s thrilling traits merging with those of the ‘first part’ for a blistering finale.
The track is superb alone, a rich compelling teaser for the album and an echo of the persuasion already unleashed by its predecessor, the title track of the album released last November. Miracle Of The Sun immediately stalks the listener, a character of their songwriting long established, and gnaws on the senses with carnal riffs as Voldrønning roars. The gnarly throat of Staxrud’s bass especially hit the spot, the again biting beats of Rønning potent within the ear winding wires of the guitars. In some ways the track is familiar Shevils, its heart borne of pass successes but it too soon revels in that surprise element and twists and turns with devious almost destructive voracity.
Melodically acidic and muscularly imposing, the track equally hit the spot just as the new offering and between them they have ignited an impatient anticipation for the new Shevils album, one which the Marcus Forsgren produced tracks suggest is going to memorable.
Both the singles are available now as name your price downloads @ https://shevils.bandcamp.com/
Pete RingMaster 18/01/2021