Shevils – The White Sea

Photo by Jørn Veberg

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With a couple of singles in as many recent months setting the scene and platform for their new album, Norwegian band Shevils now unleash The White Sea, in turn confirming themselves as one of Europe’s finest hardcore incitements. It is a ten track sonic roar of hardcore aggression and noise rock imagination, easily Oslo hailing Shevils at their most addictively inventive and punishingly ferocious.

Since coming across Shevils through their single Is This To be (Our Lives)? in 2011, the year the band also formed, they have been a perpetual adventure to anticipate and be impressed by for our and their ever growing number of fan’s ears. Every time thoughts wonder if the band has hit their pinnacle, they have pushed on again, second album Lost In Tartarus a prime example as it took the strong and gripping prowess and sound of its predecessor The Year Of The Fly, and indeed The Necropolis EP before it, both also released in the band’s first year, to new heights of quality and bold adventure. As hinted at by the singles One Thousand Years and Shivers these past few weeks, they have done it again, their third full-length The White Sea digging deeper into bold craft and invention to move forward again from its 2013 uncaged predecessor.

The core trio of Shevils, vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarist Andreas Andre Myrvold, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning have created a twisted and angry beast in The White Sea, its nature and intensity echoing the social and political turmoil its lyrics seed their invention and fury from. With some of the songs also co-written by former member Christoffer Gaarder, the album is a voracious tempest of sound and emotion which at times becomes a writhing flirtatiously contagious predator and in other moments is an erosive sonic tempest of intensity and ire. From start to finish though, it is a gripping and ravenously compelling adventure which in one way or another exhausts and deeply pleasures in equal measure.

shevils-the-white-sea-cover_RingMaster Review   Produced by Marcus Forsgren, The White Sea stirs into rich life with I Wear The Skies, the opener coaxing with one, two, subsequently three and four layers of rich enticement once choppy riffs lure more spikily nagging hooks, keenly jabbing beats, and finally a groove thick bass tempting, it all uniting in an explosion of noise and impassioned vocal fire. Early hooks continue to lay down their addictiveness as the song grows, expanding their bait throughout as the short but glorious track boils to an anthemically ferocious close.

The outstanding start continues with We Could Leave The World, the bass of producer Forsgren almost skipping in its throatily pulsating prowl as again guitars stir up air with their sonic teeth posing as riffs. Band vocals roar and squall around the ever enticing lead tones of Voldrønning whilst the sweeping swipes of Rønning steer things into greater virulence, a contagion perpetually stretched and shaped by the craft and enterprise of Myrvold. Managing to eclipse the previous track, it only leads to another instant pinnacle within the album, a lofty peak going by the name of One Thousand Years. The earlier mentioned single bounds in on an inescapable rhythmic enticing, its enslaving hold matched by the grouchy blaze of guitar and vocals as well as the enjoyably predatory bassline. Sonic causticity and vocal rousing continue to collide and collude within the outstanding track; three proposals in and already The White Sea is emerging as one of 2015’s essential violating puppeteers on body and imagination.

The Death Of Silence has thick bait tempting ears from its first breath, a stroking of baritone guitar swift seduction quickly aided by a just as dark bass intimidation. Voldrønning’s mix of sandy and inflamed deliveries soon hold the reins of the song, especially as it evolves into a less imposing but similarly intensive affair with guitars melodically exploring and harmonies flaming in the surroundings of the abrasively catchy encounter. As with any Shevils track there is also an underlying drama in expression and imagination, here it boldly seeding a percussive shuffle and infectious swing helping to forge one invigorating incitement.

A rawer and more corrosive atmosphere floods Black Summer next, its textures matching the air as its hardcore heart pours passion and physical ferocity down the veins of the spiralling guitar enterprise. The track is a thickly layered and delivered protagonist, a consuming smog of sound which again has satisfaction full though it is instantly overshadowed by Shivers. As natural as breathing, guitars and bass spin a web of addictive hooks as beats slowly but forcibly batter the senses. It is a punk inferno pulsating with the band’s mighty roars and sonic ingenuity, and breeding anthemic toxicity which has limbs and voice enlisted in short time, moving on to twist and manipulate the imagination and psyche with every spin of its carnivorous inventiveness and rabid energy.

Both the vindictively prowling Wordsmiths and the transfixing Fireflies keeps release and emotions aflame, the first another defiance driven hardcore/punk antagonism as infectious as it is physically scarring. Its successor soon lives up to its name, guitars breeding glowing melodies which sonically flit across the evocative canvas of the song. Once more rhythmic imagination is as potent as dynamic tendrils of sound, uniting in an engrossing and wonderfully demanding onslaught, though a searing tapestry outweighed in spite by the hellacious When Will I See You Again?, a brutal assault tempered by catchy adventure in songwriting and individual craft.

It tempestuous tsunami is emulated by the album’s closing title track, The White Sea even more erosive and smothering as its sonic density and raging emotions devour and ignite the senses. It is the least welcoming track on the album, but no slouch in potent lures with haunting keys creeping through ears in the shadows of the crawling storm whilst a catchiness of sorts seeps into every volatile intent and trespass of riffs and scything beats.

It is a thoroughly exhausting end to the album, the band at its most creative and exploratory whilst freeing every ounce of their emotion and dark depths in a startling oppressive temptation. As their second album leapt on from the first, so The White Sea does again. It might not be as big a step on the surface in some ways but it is their most inventive one making Shevils one of the big excitements in noise invention. Like a hybrid of Cancer Bats, Refused, Sofy Major, and Melvins, this a band ready to stand aside such names whilst scarring your senses.

The White Sea will be self-released on 6th November.

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Shevils – One Thousand Years

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The world might be coming apart at the seams around us, its future looking bleaker and more chaotic with every passing week, but there is no reason not to swing those hips and throw those feet around in a fitting dance. That is what Norwegian hardcore noise merchants Shevils think as they continue to create sounds which caustically roar and challenge physically and lyrically in confrontations driven by an inescapable infection of virulent hooks and fiercely manipulating rhythms. The Oslo band has been doing this for a long while now, providing the soundtrack to a social and world bedlam with voracious and increasingly addictive tempests, and ahead of their new album they have unleashed one of their fiercest temptations yet in the shape of One Thousand Years.

cover artist Chris Facco

cover artist Chris Facco

The new single draws on the band’s early raw sonic winds, aligning this with the anthemic disorientating stomps they have become perpetually acclaimed for over past releases. Formed in 2011, the band which is centred around the songwriting and craft of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarist Andreas Andre Myrvold, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning (former member Christoffer Gaarder also involved in the creation of the new single), quickly sparked attention at home with early single Is This To be (Our Lives)? and debut album The Year Of The Fly their first year. The Necropolis EP in 2012 was when broader appetites began to be lured, its success in turn seeing its predecessors get fresh focus in Europe and further afield. Outstanding second album Lost In Tartarus was the real break-through release into stronger spotlights, its storming character and sounds cementing Shevil’s reputation for punishing and inflaming the body and psyche simultaneously, a success boiling over again with the new single.

Produced and mixed by Marcus Forsgren, and taken from the band’s upcoming third full-length The White Sea, everything about One Thousand Years, from its siren clad cover to the riotous sounds is a lure into dark ravenous depths. A grouchy blaze of guitar is the first tempting; a rally of anthemic beats the next with both aligning to a heavy predatory bassline to welcome the distinctive sandy roar of Voldrønning. A ‘mellow’ caress of causticity soaks the chorus whilst around it those merciless rhythms continue to incite ears and movement like a puppeteer as the guitars blaze away with raw enterprise and instinctive sonic ire around them.

It is a feverish and inescapable mix which in some ways sees Shevils at their hardcore purest in intensity and power for quite a while. As expected and always with surprising resourcefulness though, the band’s instinct to create a cacophony of anthemic contagion, band vocal roars and rhythms to the fore, that is littered with hooks gripping deeper and lingering longer with every outing, infests One Thousand Years and again sets the band not only aside the crowd but on a plateau ahead of it.

On the evidence of One Thousand Years, we have the thick potential of another essential triumph with The White Sea, something else which will not be a surprise for fans. For the rest it is time to tap into the Shevils hardcore furnace we say but be warned, are your feet and bodies up to it?

One Thousand Years is out from October 3rd with The White Sea due November 6th.

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Shevils – Shivers

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Having a soft spot for a band, as we have with Norwegian hardcore protagonists Shevils, can also mean that demands and the want to be impressed comes with greater force and an intensity which can be unfair. For others it might be a stumble waiting to happen over which the artist has no control but with the Oslo quartet it seems to be a challenge they bound over with ease. The release of their new single Shivers finds the band once again chaining hooks and contagion into a fiery roar of sound and passion whilst taking another leap in potency and irresistible enterprise.

Formed in 2011, Shevils took little time in drawing enthused attention and acclaim through singles such as Is This To be (Our Lives)? and debut album The Year Of The Fly, both in the year of their founding. The Necropolis EP a year later widened that attention across the globe but it was the impressive second album Lost In Tartarus which reinforced and pushed the band to a new plateau in not only sound but also critical acclaim. The foursome of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarists Christoffer Gaarder and Andreas Myrvold, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning have reaped the triumph of their last full-length and blossomed it into an even more raucously scintillating exploit with Shivers. Shevils_Shivers_300dpi-1024x1024Shevils ascent has been unabated so far and the new track definitely adds further fuel to their impressive emergence.

The band waste no seconds teasing or coaxing in the listener, Shivers exploding into life as instruments and vocals cast a ferocious blaze on the ears. Just as little time is taken before riffs and hooks line the senses next, both jabbing and infesting the imagination and appetite with a punk brewed rampancy aligned to the outstanding vocals of Voldrønning assisted by the band’s mass calls. This is something which the band has shown for a while that they are skilfully adept at, casting bait which rhythmically, vocally, and sonically makes for an inescapable anthemic toxicity, but it is the ingenious twists and inventiveness of their songwriting and creative tenacity which sets them apart and enslaves once again in the single. Guitars carve out intrigue soaked turns throughout the furious charge of the track whilst the bass adds its own carnivorous throat and endeavour to the hostile beats and vintage punk clad onslaught.

Shivers is exceptional, the best song we would suggest to come out of the creative drama and fury which fires the music and adventure of Shevils. If the single is the sign of things to come from their next album scheduled for early next year, then we will have even more horizons of scintillating storms to come.

Shivers is available now @ https://soundcloud.com/shevils/shivers

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10/10

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Shevils – Lost In Tartarus

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Anticipation for the new album from Norwegian hardcore band Shevils has been eager even bordering on rabid for us, especially after the temptation and hinting of impending glory which came with the already released singles from it, We Walk On Shattered Glass and Black Eyes. The songs showed perfectly why the band has bred a fervour clad following for their distinctive and adventurous sound and why Lost In Tartarus could be the trigger to the widest deserved recognition for the Oslo quartet. The ten track fury of invention and passion is a monster of a release, a brutal yet ingeniously sculpted confrontation which equals the heights suggested by the singles and surpasses the promise set by previous releases. The band has an adventure and exploration to their sound which not only sets them apart from most hardcore bands but puts them on the frontline of the genre, the evidence being rife and rampant within Lost In Tartarus.

Shevils first made a richly promising and attention luring entrance with their debut album The Year Of The Fly of 2011, the release coming a year after the band’s formation. It made a strong impression, receiving enthusiastic responses and acclaim, as did the following single Is This To be (Our Lives)? the same year. The foursome of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarists Andreas Myrvold and Christoffer Gaarder, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning (expanding to a sextet live), continued to build their stature and sound through live performances, which has seen them to date play with the likes of Man The Machetes, Social Suicide, Overthrow, Barren Womb and many more, and the excellent Necropolis EP of 2012, that release receiving its uncaging in Indonesia early this year to incredible acclaim and greedy attention. As mentioned the two singles released in 2013 has triggered a hungry appetite for the band’s second album in a great many, all rewarded and more by the sonic riotous alchemy of Lost In Tartarus.

Opener Is This Where We Are At?, as maybe expected barges through the ear from its first breath, riffs and rhythms striking 1424384_730606523620529_1143928494_nhard whilst squalling vocals from Voldrønning and band bring a causticity which Shevils is so good at making distinct to themselves. The band brings multiple flavours and ideas to their songs, styles which flirt and run amok within the hardcore heart of their songs, and the first easily shows how effective and inventive it is. Grooves and hooks conspire to seduce whilst the energy of the band bruises with unrestrained intensity as an unleashed melodic acidity colours the fury. It is an invigorating and incendiary mix which with a want, maybe need within the band to experiment is irresistible.

Black Eyes is a trap quickly sprung by the passions, its rhythmic swagger and challenge an addictive enslavement  and the frame for the antagonistic vocals to launch their tirade upon. The guitars equally lure with virulent scythes of sonic temptation from the off which ignite into a burning fire as the throaty bass prowl and ferocious energy of the band explodes in hot crescendos of attack. The track is an intrusive and unbridled contagion, creating a stunning maelstrom of adventure best described as Coilguns, Kunz, Man The Machetes on a rampage with a lighter punkish feel of Baddies. That description applies to numerous exploits within the album but all tracks are pure Shevils in their potency and ultimate sound.

The heavy bass stroll provided by Marcus Forsgren brings Timelines purposely and pleasingly into focus  next, another rich enticement laid as the band combines to stomp and lurch around the ears with another epidemically riveting punk brawl. Offering a persistent stalking, the song ripples with attitude and antagonistic intent musically and vocally whilst the constant growl to the guitar riffs bring a primal intimidation which only reinforces the confident prowl.

Both Sorely Fucking Provoked and These Walls Are Coming Down exploit lustful passions for the album further, the first a rapacious tempest of rhythmic combativeness and sonic pestilence honed into a tantalising yet menacing aggressor, group shouts and energy driving it forcibly home whilst its companion led by a crawling bass examination expands into a ridiculously captivating fascination of spellbinding melodically touched grooves and scathing sonic imagination.

We Walk On Shattered Glass soars to the highest pinnacles of the album next, the song still as scintillating as its first appearance as a single a few months back. Intensive rhythms barrack and massage the ears first, a bass growl their delicious companion to be soon joined by the sonic web of noise from the guitars and the ever impressive vocals. Incredibly hungry in its reserved yet ravaging voraciousness and unstoppably infectious in its maelstrom of ingenuity, the track is a titanic persuasion, easily one of the songs of the year and soon rivalled by State Of Regret. Once again bass and drums ignite the senses and passions to set up the frame for a canvas of vocal scowling and skilfully grooved sonic teasing to play out their intentions, the result another quite hypnotic creative frenzy.

The relatively straight forward hardcore attack of Blizzard Beach, which reminds a little of Irish band Gacys Threads, adds another brief but powerful element to the album whilst the excellent perpetually evolving Destroy All Villains and the closing storm of Young And Restless impressively concludes a quite exhilarating slab of breath-taking invention and adventure. Shevils offers hardcore something new and different and in Lost In Tartarus, an album which just sounds and gets better with each listen, one of the genre’s pinnacles of the year, of hardcore, punk, and extreme rock of any description to be honest.

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10/10

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Shevils – Black Eyes

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On the back of their last single alone We Walk On Shattered Glass, Norwegian noise rockers Shevils ignited a strong anticipation and hunger for their forthcoming new album. Now just to seal the deal the Oslo quartet unleash the second single from the November released album Lost In Tartarus, a song which shows that the band has been holding back on us as it turns that hunger into a lustful impatience. Black Eyes is sheer sonically crafted devilry with a rhythmic trap to match in seduction and mischievous enslavement. If you thought its predecessor was the best thing the band had conjured, than you have heard and felt nothing yet.

Consisting of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarists Andreas Myrvold and Christoffer Gaarder, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning, the band expanding to a sextet live with the addition of Kristofer Staxrud (bass) and Marcus Forsgren (guitar, synth, bass), Shevils has built up and earned a strong and evolving reputation for their fusion of hardcore, noise rock, and more flavours touched by a psyche mischief. They first made a good declaration after forming in the October of 2010, with debut album The Year Of The Fly the following year and subsequently the single Is This To be (Our Lives)? 2011 also saw the release of the Necropolis EP, which had another outing in Indonesia this year to again great acclaim and fervour. Each release showed the moving creativity and body of the band’s sound which came to a head with the exceptional We Walk On Shattered Glass, or so we thought. Black Eyes shows it was just the start to another thrilling and riveting twist in the invention of Shevils which only accelerates the almost rabid appetite for the impending full length release.

Recorded, mixed, and produced by Forsgren at Engfelt Forsgren Studio in Oslo, Black Eyes immediately confronts the ear with sharp single_option3teasing riffs punctured by instantly addictive beats, their crafty hypnotic persuasion the lead into a submissive slavery soon secured by the short tempest of sonic fire and punk brawling which proceeds to switch and interchange with that ridiculously virulent staggered temptation. The vocals of Voldrønning squall and demand attention as effortlessly and enjoyably as across previous songs whilst musically the track matches his demanding stance, guitars and drums creating a psychotic tango of compelling invention prowled by the gloriously predatory basslines. With a swagger and diablerie to its intrusively enthralling gait, the song offers a riot which is as much Baddies/We Are The Physics like in its stomp as Coilguns and Man The Machetes in its corrosively epidemic persistence.

Black Eyes is a brilliant exploit and teaser leading up to Lost In Tartarus, the pinnacle of the band’s alchemy so far, though I doubt this will be the last time that claim is made.

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10/10

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Shevils – Necropolis EP

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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 a3674181538_2Lives)?  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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9/10

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Shevils: We Walk On Shattered Glass

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    From Norway, Shevils is a band which from a spine of hardcore draws in riotous fires of many other aspects of noise to create something wholly unique and irrepressibly tempting. Released today (March 8th) We Walk On Shattered Glass is the new deviously addictive single from the band, a forceful enterprising marker of a band destined to leave genre and extreme noise reeling.

Hailing from Oslo, the quintet of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarists Andreas Myrvold and Christoffer Gaarder, bassist Arnbjørn Marklund, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning, create a brawling sound borne from the most seductive essences of hard rock, noise, punk, and metal. Formed in late October 2010, the band has continually marked their creative territory with attitude soaked incendiary invention unleashed through their 2011 debut album The Year Of The Fly, the single Is This To be (Our Lives)? and the Necropolis EP, both released last year, not forgetting their acclaimed live performances. We Walk On Shattered Glass is the first single taken from their forthcoming album and on the evidence of its inciting energy and imaginative persuasion, their full length release could be one of the biggest highlights of the year.13053_601747383173111_1309564036_n

The single opens with massive beats massaging the ear with power and eagerness, their resonating touch accompanied by gravelly bass grinds to make first contact immediately infectious and hungry. As the excellent abrasive vocal squalls of Voldrønning lay their caustic tones and lyrical coaxing into the now stormy mix the track is captivatingly afire with intensity and controlled aggression. Into its corrosive stride elements of the likes of Killing Joke, Coilguns, and fellow Norwegians Man The Machetes make loud whispers from within the song but Shevils has created an encounter which stands impressively alone from all in sound and contagion.

Throughout its continually shifting stance the track scorches the air with exhausting sonic rubs, melodic acid teases, and thumping anthemic rhythms drafted into a soundscape of intrigue, bruising rock n roll, and breath taking metal ravaging. It ignites instant addiction so that to hear the song just once in every encounter is imaginable and the anticipation for their new album by its end emerges as a deep rooted impatient itch which will only be alleviated upon its arrival.

Shevils will undoubtedly make major inventive contributions to extreme music in the future just like they have with We Walk On Shattered Glass, a release which others will find very hard to rival over the coming months.

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9/10

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