Lifelover – Sjukdom (Disease)
I had never heard of Lifelover prior to this album, but based on “Sjukdom”, I believe I will have to take a listen to their previous releases. This album, while not great, is intriguing enough to make me want to hear more.
Their music has a very unique take on black metal. It has that lofi sound to it, the distortion is heavy, the riffs are plentiful but it’s the pianos that make it interesting; they have a simple, classical, almost upbeat sound to them that contrasts with the guitars in a way that very effectively creates a unique sound and enhances the overall atmosphere of the music. The vocals here are mostly raspy, screams of despair, moaning cries for help, short bursts of angry rants or the occasional spoken word pieces.
The album plays out like a schizophrenic off his meds. It goes from frantic double bass and trashy guitars to down tempo excursions into melancholia. At times there is an almost Social Distortion style groove and then elements of the Cure and Joy Division creep in. Overall though, a certain depressiveness reins here.
While not a masterpiece, this is an interesting release. As I listen to it, I find that I’m not overly impressed but at the same time, I feel drawn to it and I want to keep listening. It’s been said that sometimes simplicity is better and this is truly the case here. The music on “Sjukdom” is simple, but not in a negative way, it’s within its simplicity that its power lies.