Vallmo is the forthcoming debut from Swedish psychedelic stoner doom unit BESVÄRJELSEN. Featuring within its ranks past members of Dozer, Greenleaf, Afgrund, Lastkaj, and V, BESVÄRJELSEN will release Vallmo this March via Suicide Records.
Today The Obelisk delivers a preview of the record in the form of the band’s video for “Under En Svart Himmel” (“under a black cloud”). Writes The Obelisk, “its sound is a deeply varied wash of progressive heavy post-rock atmospherics, moody soul-searching melodicism, and weighted groove. Lyrics switch back and forth between Swedish and English depending on the song — prior single ‘Return Of No Return’ was in English, the latest sampling premiering below, ‘Under En Svart Himmel,’ is in Swedish — and with vocal duties shared among multiple members between frontwoman Lea Amling Alazam and guitarists Andreas Baier and Staffan Winroth, there’s an obvious commitment to a varied approach that comes through on Vallmo’s eight tracks/fifty-one minutes and, in kind with the depth of the mix and the richness of tones and melodies, makes the album an all-the-more-satisfying listening experience.”
Notes the band of “Under En Svart Himmel,” “It was the last song that was written for Vallmo. We had discussed that we needed one more song for the album and luckily Andreas had been sitting on this one for a while. He had almost the whole song ready, both guitars and vocals. So the rest of the band just added some spices. Like Lea’s vocals, the small guitar flourishes on the second verse, and the drum beat on the second part of the verses which came to be after listening to The Doors on the car stereo. The vibe was inspired by the song ‘Vintersaga’ (‘a winter’s tale’) performed by the Swedish singer Monica Törnell. The lyrics can be interpreted in many ways but the main theme was the metamorphosis that takes place after a forest fire. In particularly the great forest fire that swept over middle of Sweden in 2014 came to mind. The video was shot the morning of February 17th in Andreas’ home village of Nås, and edited in the afternoon by Erik Bäckwall.”
Read more and view “Under En Svart Himmel” courtesy of The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.
View the album trailer as well as a previously released video for “Return To No Return” below.
Vallmo will see release on vinyl and digital formats via Suicide Records in cooperation with DalaPop on March 27th. Preorders are available at THIS LOCATION.
BESVÄRJELSEN – Swedish for “conjuring” – was forged in 2014. Though clearly rooted in the realms of doom, within their engulfing sound lies traces of progressive metal, punk, folk, and classic rock ‘n’ roll all carefully weaved together resulting in a sound that is at once crushingly heavy and alluringly sophisticated. The band released their debut EP Villfarelser in 2015 which was followed by 2016’s Exil EP. Both releases, though self-financed and released with little outside promotion, were well-received by Swedish media and even found airplay on Swedish National Radio.
Much of 2017 found BESVÄRJELSEN composing the the audio alchemy found on their ﬁrst full-length studio offering Vallmo (Swedish for “poppy”). Vallmo more than ever showcases the band’s enormous potential, the eight-track offering seamlessly wandering from crushing doom riffs to catchy vocals and melodies, deep lyrical content, and storming drum work, all topped by stunning guitar solos and, for the first time since the band’s formation, songs in English as well as their native Swedish.
BESVÄRJELSEN’s Vallmo was captured at Studio Glashuset and Midlake Studios by guitarist/vocalist Andreas Baier and comes sheathed in the cover art of Blodpest with design by drummer Erik Bäckwall.
Lea Amling Alazam – vocals
Andreas Baier – guitar, vocals
Staffan Winroth – guitar, vocals
Erik Bäckwall – drums
Johan Rockner – bass