Album Review: Sweven – The Eternal Resonance (Ván Records)

Out of Stockholm / Sweden comes Sweven, named after Morbus Chron’s final record. Founder Robert Andersson, previously the main songwriter of Morbus Chron, comments:

Sweven was a record you shaped like any other, but it also ended up shaping me and my goals with music. It came to mean a lot of things personally. So when the time was ripe to form a new band and continue the journey, there were no other names even considered.

Sweven’s debut album ”The Eternal Resonance” was in many ways a DIY project, with the assistance of Rasmus Booberg, who led the drum recording, and David Castillo, who helped out with the electric guitars. Mastering was handled by Magnus Lindberg of Redmount Studios. The cover artwork was crafted by Raul Gonzalez, who previously worked closely with Morbus Chron as well.

Robert states:

To me it’s an old album by now, one which I’ve lived with for a long time. Like with most endeavours that you care deeply about, they tend to take longer than planned, and this was one of the more extreme cases. As I prepared to once again leap headfirst into a never-ending cycle of anger and frustration, I knew it had to stop. All things considered, I’m proud of this album. The songs mean the world to me. It is at this point the closest I’ve come to realising what I want to do musically. The biggest thank you to Isak and Jesper for pulling their weight and colouring this record in a profound way. You’ve been indispensable. Expect the unexpected.

Expect the unexpected…no truer words need to be spoken as Sweven are truly something that few could expect. The warming melodies, guitar play, emotional encapsulation of deep, moving rhythm and sharp stabs of sudden intensity is very unique. Not only that, it is extraordinarily striking with every note, every beat and every howl of pain touching the soul.

Simply put, Sweven mean it and showcase that across 8 wonderful tracks that consistently and constantly surprise. Never going in the direction you expect or sticking to one solid formula for too long. This isn’t particularly muddled thankfully as the skill within Sweven to hold all these ideas together is top shelf stuff.

Humongous efforts, lengthy and sprawling epics that cover so many sub-genres of metal. This is Alice falling down the rabbit hole.

Sweven – The Eternal Resonance Full Track Listing:

1. The Spark
2. By Virtue of A Promise
3. Reduced to An Ember
4. The Sole Importance
5. Mycelia
6. Solemn Retreat
7. Visceral Blight
8. Sanctum Sanctorum

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