Feared – Svart

 For the past eleven years, there has been a force of Swedish death metal that has still of yet to gain a deserved massive following but has become one of the most prolific bands of the Swedish underground. Feared has been one of those bands that if you want to hear quality death metal in ways that only Sweden can provide yet still have its own flavors then this was the band for you. My hype around their brand new record was palpable from the very beginning, and for the seventh time in a row Feared has not disappointed.

While I’ve long called Feared one of my favorite bands of death metal that I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing, I do my best to not let that cloud my judgment whenever talking about a new album. The same goes for “Svart” as this was Feared’s yearly release (catching the year just at the end), but even though I went in having an idea of what to expect, Feared still managed to surprise me. No two Feared albums sound the same. “Synder” has a very death/thrash feel to it, and the previous works touched on several different styles while maintaining a core of death metal. With “Svart”, that center of death metal was still there but this time around it was surrounded by many, many different styles that made “Svart” a unique listen. Feared leaves no stone unturned as every single of part of the band does something different whether it’s progressive-like rhythms in the guitars, blast beats in the drums, odd melodies in the bass, or a sample of cleans from the vocals.

It all comes together in a way that’s not the most fluid as some parts fit together better than others, but the overall of “Svart” is undoubtedly a solid listen. It’s a rollercoaster of death metal that doesn’t allow genre boundaries to hold “Svart” down, and allow Feared to work in experimentation that’s always made fans guess as to what’s coming next. With all that in mind, “Svart” is undoubtedly worthy of the supreme catalog that Feared has built over the years, and really the only thing I’m not too keen on is how there’s but nine tracks on this album and three are instrumentals. That’s not bad in any way, shape, or form, but it’s not preferred for my taste. Regardless of my pointless opinion, it goes without saying that Feared has done a spectacular job yet again.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked “Svart” but after several listens of weaving around the experimentation and heaviness that Feared has thrown down with this piece I’d be lying if I say I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not my favorite piece that Feared has put out (that goes to “Synder”), and that’s completely okay. Feared has always been synonymous with quality albums year after year, and “Svart” is another brilliant testament to that.

LISTEN to “Svart” via YouTube here.

BUY “Svart” via iTunes here.

LIKE Feared on Facebook here.

FOLLOW Feared on Twitter: @Fearedse

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