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Paa D​æ​kket Kalder De D​ø​de

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Paa D​æ​kket Kalder De D​ø​de
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Buy on: Bandcamp
Type: EP
Release Date: March 22nd, 2021
Label: Independent
Genre: Black
1. Natten Er Tyst
2. Blodrøde Bølger
3. Den Sidste Orlogsmand

Review by Felix on December 10, 2023.

Today I leave my home country northwards. Ildskær from Denmark have put the spotlight on black metal with lyrics which deal with historic topics of their country. Their debut established this concept and “Paa dækket kalder de døde” does not march to a different drummer, neither lyrically nor musically. The duo still focuses on quite excessive song structures and it keeps its fingers away from surprising twists and turns. All songs of the EP are based on a pretty calm yet substantial flow. One can call this approach predictable, but I appreciate their reliability. You get what you expect and the homogeneity of the material does not lead to boredom. The two artists are clever enough to vary the tempo without giving the songs a completekly new direction. Therefore “Paa dækket kalder de døde” does not suffer from a lack of dynamic. Its songs are long, but never too long and the typical Quebec sound still shimmers through all lines of this EP.

I don’t say that Ildskær is among the five most exciting metal bands in the world. Yes, their compositions are never boring, but they are not immune against any kind of predictability. Nevertheless, they have a clear vision, they seem to like what they do and perhaps their patriotic self-confidence lends them strength. The dark, deep and slightly distorted voice gives the music its demonic touch and the production conveys an appropriate underground feeling without sounding powerless or amateurish. It is therefore only logical that the EP confirms the strong impression of the first full-length. Especially the very robust, atmospherically dense and fast-paced “Blodrøde Bølger” sails swiftly across the North Sea, but the further tracks also do not sound lukewarm or uninspired. No doubt, Ildskær enrich the Danish and even the European scene.

(The only thing that really annoys me is that track 1 of my copy cannot be played. Must be a production error… but I hope someday the song will find its way into my collection in a flawless form and I do not need to listen to it on YT any longer.)

Rating: 7.8 out of 10