Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket
Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.


5.0
classic

Review

by Arche USER (91 Reviews)
December 4th, 2019 | 192 replies


Release Date: 11/22/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sophomore masterpiece cementing the band's place among screamo royalty.

Minus the outstanding single 'Du' and the very occasional split feature, Vi Som Älskade Varandra Så Mycket remained agonisingly quiet since the release of 2014's 'Den sorgligaste musiken i världen'. After such a long wait, the fear develops that the sophomore - if there even is one - may not live up to the lofty expectations that naturally come from a full-length debut as effective as theirs.

Fear not. Five years on, the follow-up Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula. has not just matched any expectations. It's outright left them in the dust.

The Swedes' brand of glistening, post-rock-driven screamo is very much a continuation of the cold atmosphere on the debut, but their approach to doing so has undeniably changed. The sole absolute stalwart is Arvid Ringborg's fracturing, harrowing cry, the sort of primal sound that triggers that part of your brain into wanting, NEEDING emotional release through any means viable. Outside this, however, there's a definite shift away from the spidery, rambunctious guitar melodies of old, and in terms of straight-up catchiness there is less to choose from here - the refrain of 'Kontakt' is the closest thing we get here to a hook. However, the trade-off is that Det Onda… feels more direct than its predecessor, with almost nothing that meanders any more than necessary. Obviously crescendos and climaxes are all part and parcel of Det Onda…'s makeup - twinkly screamo and post-rock's developmental sensibilities are inexorably linked, for better or worse - but there's a purpose imbued within each segment that goes far beyond the regular, monotonous rise-and-fall of the style's tidal cycle. Sometimes, as in opener 'Kärleken är död', a distinctly sinister mood permeates throughout; elsewhere, as in 'Men livet går vidare', the relationship between the build-up and release (punctuated by Ringborg's impassioned scream) can prove too much to bear.

In terms of track-thru-track composition, Vi Som Älskade have been clever, and in doing so highlight perfectly that their music is far from a one-trick pony. The hardcore energy which 'Sioux Falls' manifests itself in is engrossing by itself, but sandwiched between the melodrama of 'Men livet…' and the understated start of 'Hjärtats förlorade slag' further cements its position as a fantastic, refreshing change of dynamic. Penultimate offering 'Ensamhet urholkar själen' takes a single, simple melody and builds on it to what could be a perfectly bittersweet closing chapter, only for 'Vilse i pannkakan', the band's heaviest song to date and a disturbingly aggressive outing by their standards, to reduce 'Ensamhet…'s misty-eyed mirage to rubble. As such, Vi Som Älskade… command attention throughout, each piece strengthened by its surrounding parts.

I do wonder, probably not without merit, about the perceivable foolishness of giving an album such as Det Onda... a nearly immaculate appraisal, it being a screamo album (a genre relying heavily on emotional outpouring, with a strong lyrical focus) in Swedish (a language this very South-of-England chap is only anecdotally versed in). Indeed, I have it on good authority from a native speaker that the lyrics have improved since Den sorgligaste musiken i världen but are still a little hammy at times. Maybe being able to properly understand would alter my perception. Nevertheless, I shall say this - no single album in the last three years has had quite the impact of this one on me. I have cried and have sat in complete oblivion to the world around me, absorbing each moment as cathartic gospel. If Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula. is what I take from this decade as its last gasp, then it's a perfect way to say farewell.



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Archelirion
December 4th 2019


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So yeah this is pretty cool U guys. Check it out! Any suggestions/clarifications as always welcomed; I typed this on a tablet and while I think I have all the autocorrect shite weeded out there may be some remaining.



https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/det-onda-det-goda-det-vackra-det-fula

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2019


18982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit this is weird I literally just shoutboxed you asking your vibes on this album, and then reloaded the main page to see you've made a hecking REVIEW damn nice one ;] Will read in the soon

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SowingSeason
Moderator
December 4th 2019


32890 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Good review. I've really been digging this the last couple days and I never heard of them until recently.

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Pikazilla
December 4th 2019


6971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing.

Archelirion
December 4th 2019


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Johnny you're doing me a spook man. Hope you dig :]





hal1ax
December 4th 2019


14346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My man

kevbogz
December 4th 2019


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good lad

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brainmelter
December 4th 2019


6742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos’d might bump up the rate

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XingKing
December 4th 2019


15002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The melody at the end of Hjartats is transcendental

Jasdevi087
December 4th 2019


5857 Comments


det

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Pikazilla
December 4th 2019


6971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dat fula

hal1ax
December 4th 2019


14346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dat fupa

YakNips
December 4th 2019


19907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dat futa

dedex
December 4th 2019


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Still gotta listen to this, but Zegema Beach Records is an awesome record label name.

Sniff
December 4th 2019


5960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see that "mention"

YakNips
December 4th 2019


19907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

zegema beach are one of the last truly diy skramz labels, nothing but respect for them

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2019


1137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So good

Archelirion
December 4th 2019


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thinking about you sniff *❤



Yeah Zegema are excellent. Pretty consistent quality output too.

Demon of the Fall
December 4th 2019


14080 Comments


Excellent review for a striking album, I'm very impressed by this so far.

I can understand your thoughts re the language barrier, I almost don't want a word-for-word translation as it may actually damage the experience somewhat - I have looked up the themes and read through some lyrics on the side though (not alongside the listening experience). This has been an astoundingly emotive experience regardless, which is testament to their ability to write gorgeous melancholic melodies and tense atmospheres. And what about those tortured, soul crushing vox? Damn.

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Sinternet
December 4th 2019


21142 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

desperately need to jam



fantastic review mate

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