Vildhjarta
Thousands of Evils


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew W. Gold CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A dynamic, dense, groovy head-trip that secures Vildhjarta's place as the bully of the modern djent scene.

The release of Måsstaden by Swedish polyrhythmic metal sextet Vildhjarta was the band’s way of addressing to the rest of the down-tuned djent scene: “Hey, fuckers. Listen up. This is how it’s done.” And they delivered. It was heavy as a stack of cinderblocks and grooved like a motherf’er. Vildhjarta didn’t follow any of the structural norms; they mixed offbeat accented grooves with death metal traits and ambient refrains in an unpredictable yet gripping fashion. What’s appealing is that the band presents a darker take on the proggy-groove formula; one that accentuates grooves above all else, like Meshuggah before them, which effectively renders Vildhjarta the bully of the modern groove metal bands. A title they rightfully earned.

Thousands of Evils expounds on the risqué qualities Måsstaden introduced. The jumpy, eccentric groove sections are darker and more fun, the ambient passages are fleshed out and explored, the instrumentation is tighter than ever; but what really sets Thousands of Evils apart is the wide scope of dynamics. Even the vocal performance includes styles ranging from hardcore screams, black metal shrieks, to death metal growls when the music calls for it. Clean vocals rear their head on a couple tracks, and while they’re a nice change of pace at times, unfortunately they can be off-putting at others. Still, this branching out on the band’s part gave way to more ambitious experimentation, like the groovy acoustic guitar-driven ‘Dimman’ and the beautiful strings and piano lines of ‘Intermezzo’. Vildhjarta use this unpredictability as an attention grabber without sacrificing songwriting or cohesion – you’re always in the moment and always on your toes, and that’s exactly where they want you.

Listening to Thousands of Evils is like a 25-minute night drive through a neighborhood you’ve never been to. It can be loud and abrasive one minute and a whisper the next; you cannot let your mind drift for even a moment or you’ll miss something, subtle or not. Thousands of Evils is a developed, realized piece of music that doesn’t lose its sight for a second, but it demands as much participation from the listeners as was given by the musicians who made it. The end result is surely worth it.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2014


22360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

over a year late but here it is



full youtube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB40Fazwr2I

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Betray
December 23rd 2014


5972 Comments


band slays.

great review

Nocturnalize
December 23rd 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need new music from these guys.[2]







cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2014


2227 Comments


Awesome review, man. I need to hear this, haven't really heard anything from this album.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2014


22360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys



sig, chances are if you like anything that slightly resembles djent, youd really like this

ReAnimator
December 23rd 2014


334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review. Wish they'd release this on CD lol

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RosaParks
December 24th 2014


15591 Comments


does this suck

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2014


22360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no sir

dbilidb
December 24th 2014


84 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thall

Gameofmetal
December 25th 2014


5225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meant to read this yesterday but iffy internet stopped me. Nice review, dig this band hard

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Nocturnalize
December 26th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"thall"



nah



also this review is wtf good well done

TalonsOfFire
December 26th 2014


11709 Comments


Really liked their debut, need to hear this soon they could be something really special with just a little less Meshuggah worship, utilizing more clean vocals for a start.

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Nocturnalize
December 26th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Really liked their debut, need to hear this soon they could be something really special with just a little less Meshuggah worship, utilizing more clean vocals for a start."



This album is a little underwhelming compared to the debut but nonetheless is still Vild, I also think their meshuggah worship is a strength lol

titanslayer
December 26th 2014


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really liked their debut but this wasn't that great



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