Since I’m assuming very few (if any) of our loyal Vault Hunters speak Swedish, let me kick this off with a bit of translation work:
- Onda Makter translates as ‘Evil Powers’
- Mardrömmars värsta mänsklighet, the title of their debut album, translates as ‘Humanity’s Worst Nightmare’
- “Dödens Rike” translates as “The Kingdom of Death”
And if it weren’t already obvious at this point, we are gathered here today to talk about some black fucking metal. Karlskrona, Sweden-based Onda Makter have been perfecting their dark alchemy since their formation in 2013, releasing a demo and a pair of EPs before signing with our friends at Fólkvangr Records for Mardrömmars värsta mänsklighet, their long-awaited debut full-length.
I’m going to do something uncharacteristic here, and cut through the suspense: this album fucking rips.
I’ll admit that I’m a little bit leery of Swedish black metal these days. Don’t get me wrong – I dig Storm of the Light’s Bane as much as the next dude, but the whole Dissection worship thing has gotten entirely out of hand. Thankfully, Onda Makter aren’t one of those bands. While their debut has its share of melodic tremolo riffs and blasting, their songwriting is far from one-dimensional. The first minute or so of “Mitt mörka hjärta” almost sounds like dungeon synth. “Om allt bara tog slut” has a lovely clean guitar interlude. And “Dödens Rike,” which we’re premiering here today at the Vault, opens with piano. Far from being a mish-mash of styles, though, the multiple textures are a perfect complement to the varying tempos – and then when they do go balls-out, like on “Vanärelse & vanmakt,” it hits that much harder.
There’s one other thing that helps the album feel cohesive: unrelenting misanthropy. Pick any song on Mardrömmars värsta mänsklighet and there’s enough pure hatred in the music to rip your scalp off. So get some protection (a hat maybe?) before hitting play.
Mardrömmars värsta mänsklighet will be available on both CD and limited-to-100 black cassette with silver ink and a hand-numbered, double sided 3-panel sleeve in a crystal clear case on July 27 from Fólkvangr Records. To tide you over until then, check out our stream “Dödens Rike” below.