With a groundbreaking hell descends on earth type of sound, letting all go down heavily ever after, Svalbard certainly is one of the most fearless bands in their genre active in the scene today. With a furious wrath and a passionate sonorous presence, exceedingly hard and objective, their heavy sound is superbly concentrated in a straightforward nucleus of a sincere and aggressive demise. With a hard, horizontal and tough, but at the same time uniquely poetic approach, their marvelous sound can be characterized as post-hardcore, with elements of crust punk and metalcore, without ever renouncing more colorful, precise and melodic passages, that sets to their music an atmosphere of relentless beauty and hostile desolation, reminding a little, in some aspects, American band We Came as Romans.
If you really like a roughly objective, expressively heavy, unforgivingly abrasive and monumental joyful sound, you need to be introduced to Svalbard, if you still haven’t heard of them yet. With a direct approach that relies solely on the rapid pace of a sonorous infinite storm that predicts in seconds the absolute end of everything, you will really love this amazing compilation. Exceedingly fantastic, coherent and with a strong sense of unity between songs, a magnanimously built uniformity makes the record a solid work of art, although each and every song has its own identity. This is certainly one of best records I have ever listened in this genre. If by one way they don’t really bring too much innovation, on the other hand they marvelously expand its beauty by fearlessly rearranging its roots in their own genuine style. It’s the same old, same old, but a very good one, one that really should be heard and enjoyed over and over again. Certainly, most – if not all – fans of the genre will have a great deal of motives to celebrate the release. It’s fearless, uncompromised and groundbreaking. You have to check it out for yourself. You will obviously love this record, be sure of that.