Review: Krigblåst


Krigblåst Power till Demise (Selfmadegod)

Before getting down to the meat of this review, I thought I might relate a little anecdote. Krigblåst is a side project of Phobia vocalist Shane Mclachlan. At least I think it’s a side project, which is to say that I’m pretty sure that Phobia is still a going concern. In any case, I will say that I think Shane is a pretty nice guy. I’ve only actually met him in person once: when Aftermath opened up for Phobia at the old Mississippi St. house in Portland. I ended up chatting with him before the show, introduced by my bandmate Ward who knew him (I think from Ward’s days in Resist). Anyway, I happened to be wearing a Return to Desolation sweatshirt. Not out of any particular sense of adulation, but because the was the only sweatshirt I owned at the time. Shane and I were chatting away and at one point he says, “That’s a cool sweatshirt. Unfortunately we don’t play any of those songs anymore.”

“That’s ok,” I said, “I can’t tell your songs apart anyway.” We had a good laugh about that.

Later on he gave me pretty much the best compliment I ever had in my life in bands. We’d just got done playing and I was out on the street having a smoke. He came up to said, “Dude, it’s like I’m in Sweden!” [Aftermath as a sort of a d-beat style band] I nearly had a stroke. That was very much the effect we were striving for, so to have him say that was pretty awesome.

Well, on to the matter at hand. Right off the bat there is a lot to like about this Austin-based band. The music is crisp and aggressive, the production impeccable. Those familiar with the catalogs of the likes of Anti-Cimex, Wolfbrigade, Masskontrol, etc., will not find much beyond their ken, but this is raging d-beat delivered with precision and pleasing melodic elements. Their vocalist is slightly on the more comprehensible side of Jonsson, which means that one has some prospect of understanding their words without the help of the lyric sheet, but he still provides a suitable level of aggression. I’m kind of post-artifact these days, but in this instance I actually ordered up the CD and I will say that it comes in a nice package. The insert is nicely done with effective graphics and an overall vision that contributes nicely to the project as a whole. The CD is also worth getting as it includes the four songs from their debut EP, among which is a skillfully executed cover of Darkthrone’s “Transylvanian Hunger”. A very entertaining release, and one on which I can at least identify the individual cuts. Available via Bandcamp or directly from selfmadegod.

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