Album Review: Slaegt – The Wheel (Ván Records)

Ván Records presents “The Wheel” – the new full-length of Denmark’s Slaegt and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Domus Mysterium” from 2017! Since their foundation in 2011, Slaegt have found a very own, unique style of playing heavy metal. Stylistically their influences are drawn from a broad spectrum of such diverse movements as the NWOBHM, the black metal scene of the 80’s and 90’s and everything in between and beyond.

The Wheel is out on October 5th 2018.

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Blackened death metal is the name of the game here with Slaegt’s new album although it does refuse to stick to the expected formula. Delivering plenty of brutishness in the riffs and with the vocals, the influence of early classic metal and thrash is heavily present.

In fact at times, its heavily indebted to that sound. Such as Being Born (Is Going Blind)’s screaming hot guitar solo and the horn-throwing riffing of Masician. Both stellar showcases of Slaegt’s musicianship.

As The Wheel turns, even more surprising elements show up such as the hard rock rhythm of Citrinitas and the guitar melody of V.W.A. It’s very easy to lose yourself in the thumping and throbbing heaviness of Slaegt but every so often they snap you out of the hypnotic funk with an unexpected slice of foot-tapping and bouncy metal.

Gauntlet of Lovers does exactly that before the title track ends things in fast and frantic style.

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Slaegt – The Wheel Full Track Listing:

1. Being Born (Is Going Blind)
2. Masician
3. Perfume and Steel
4. Citrinitas
5. V.W.A.
6. Gauntlet of Lovers
7. The Wheel

You can order the album over on Bandcamp and find out more via Facebook.

Slaegt - The Wheel (Ván Records)
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