In just a few short days, Swedish occult doom practitioners BESVÄRJELSEN will unleash their debut full-length, Vallmo, upon unsuspecting ears. In advance of its release, Cvlt Nation is streaming the record in its dark, kaleidoscopic entirety.
Hailing the band’s, “empowering occult anthems,” the esteemed blog furthers, “This band dips their riffs into the melodic ocean before giving them the sonic wings they need to soar into our eardrums.”
Hear Vallmo in full at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
View the album trailer as well as previously released videos for “Return To No Return” and “Under En Svart Himmel” HERE.
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 features within its ranks past members of Dozer, Greenleaf, Afgrund, Lastkaj, and V. Swedish for “conjuring,” BESVÄRJELSEN 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 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.
“For all their lush textures, BESVÄRJELSEN are still firmly rooted in doom and stoner metal, from the Black Sabbath-esque logo the rumbling guitar and bass that keep the band moving forward. Over the course of their new album, Vallmo, BESVÄRJELSEN return to their doom roots regularly, never becoming lost in psychedelia or exploration.” — Decibel
“The combination of smoke-filled basement rock clubs of yesteryear and the foggy valleys of Nordic folklore have given us yet more terrific melancholic haze rock as BESVÄRJELSEN releases its debut full-length album Vallmo. — Roppongi Rocks
“…a delightfully dark and intricate release…the ultimate psychedelic desert doom experience; a sunburnt evening adventure through the summer heat via Scandinavia…” — Overdrive Magazine
“…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… 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.” — The Obelisk