This is the second album by Skraeckoedlan and it's a fuzz-induced piece of stoner rock that might as well resemble the dinosaurs of the genre. Much like acts like Truckfighters, these Swedes come up with highly energetic stoner rock. Yet, there's also something typically Swedish in this album, something that reminds me a bit of their melodic metal scene which, of course, is pretty effin' awesome.
Opener 'Prolog' shows a bit of the immersive rock 'n' roll before 'Gigantos' truly blasts away. The tempo is quite high and the whole drives on Black Sabbath inspired riffs and great vocals. Those vocals even have a little bit of a sing-along character, much like bands like Blur of Weezer often possess. For a stoner rock fan, it's quite impossible not to get immersed but this overwhelming blend of fuzz.
Yet, this isn't just fuzz-loaded stoner rock. No, good sir, this is psychedelic fuzz-loaded stoner rock, often dragging the listener back into the glorious sound of the sixties and seventies. 'El Monstro' perfectly illustrates that by bringing some female vocals to get something between Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin. It's one of my favorite tracks on this album and I guess I'm not the only one who feels like that.
Other genres that seem to have influenced Skraeckoedlan include post-metal, sludge, grunge and progressive metal. Although these elements don't step to the foreground, you can find them in the melodic approach and the seemingly free-floating instrumental passages. This is decades of heavy rock music put together.
It's quite impossible to sit still when listening to songs like 'Odjuret' or the fierce rocker 'Flod'. As a reviewer, I have to in order to be able to write this thing but rest assured, my head is nodding along and it has been for quite a while now. So yes, I will recommend this awesome piece of work to any stoner rock out there. It's time to party and with Skraeckoedlan we're gonna party hard...