Erdve
Savigaila


3.7
great

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
July 27th, 2021 | 118 replies


Release Date: 07/23/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bone-crushing, Baltic assault.

Three years after their successful debut album, Vaitojimas, blackened hardcore sludgers Erdve return with the much-anticipated sophomore release Savigaila, which translates as "self-pity" — the main theme through which the entire narrative orbits. Love, envy, regret, self-regard, helplessness, and dogma, shape the foundations of a concept that revolves around overcoming the great challenges of reality by accepting them as they truly are. Thus, the mutation of this core idea into music is Savigaila's ultimate goal and main artistic purpose. Erdve's hybrid, experimental style that blends sludge, hardcore, death, and black metal, theoretically presents itself as the perfect vehicle to bring this bold, emotionally driven concept to life.

Savigaila's main aesthetic update over its predecessor is its dirtier, more experimental approach that ultimately generates a more chaotic, aggressive outcome. While keeping Vaitojimas' hybrid DNA intact, the band's sound now features a more pronounced hardcore layer, as if the lads purposely messed up the room in order to produce a more irreverent atmosphere. This grimier look and feel somehow enhances the inner conflict present in the album's concept while adding more heaviness and density to it. The brutal segments in 'Lavondėmės', 'Betonas' or 'Savigaila' are among the most striking examples of this more violent, visceral side. The first half of the former is even one of the most overwhelming moments of 2021 and easily one of Savigaila's highlights. It is in this harsh, hostile ground that the band expresses itself most effectively. The massive slow-paced sequence in 'Sugretinimas' or the ferocious grind section in 'Takoskyra' are other outbursts that cause significant damage. Interestingly enough, Erdve's heavy delivery doesn't necessarily equate to speed, since much of the album's heaviest sections orbit slow, mid-paced tempos, which adds further density to the band's signature. The powerful rhythm section and Vaidotas Darulis' intense hardcore-ish vocals play a key role in this overwhelming vortex, operating in total symbiosis towards a common goal.

While the album's heavier side works remarkably well, its softer, atmospheric counterpart, designed to create balance and contrast, doesn't quite reach the same creative level. With the exception of 'Pleura', which sounds like an ominous air raid, both 'Votis' and quasi-instrumental 'Pragulos' are somewhat innocuous, as is the brief piano track 'Skilimas', whose contribution boils down to merely adding a new instrument to the mix. I fully understand the aesthetic option of creating strategic pit stops along the journey, something that in general enriches the experience and avoids monotony, however, from the moment they are part of the composition they should guarantee the same quality standard, which in my opinion is not fully achieved. This inconsistency is also felt in the second half of songs like 'Lavondėmės' or 'Savigaila', which despite generating contrasts do not possess the same creative prowess.

Despite its insipid, somewhat trivial moments, Savigaila remains an overwhelming offering that, in its violent outbursts, unleashes an unstoppable Baltic shock wave that few can match. Once the Lithuanian gang succeeds in further balancing their full sound spectrum, namely the contrasts between the softer, more experimental nuances and the more overpowering chromatics, they will be able to upgrade their music to a whole new level. But make no mistake, Savigaila's highlights are a massive blow to the face, solidifying Erdve as a distinct, bone-crushing force to be reckoned with.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2021


16819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Great jam. I particularly love its more violent side.

Full stream:

http://youtu.be/m8lMrCBhoPA

http://erdvesom.bandcamp.com/album/savigaila

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SteakByrnes
July 27th 2021


25125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh hell yea sweet review, was hoping this would get one soon! I really dig this album, they did a good job of assaulting you with some savage shit and then letting you breath with the more atmospheric pretty parts

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Relinquished
July 27th 2021


47001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Smala fuckin GOES

MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2021


1582 Comments


Massively hyped for this album, band fucks. Nice review!

trilo
July 27th 2021


4098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review m//



t/t friggin rips

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Azog
July 27th 2021


595 Comments


Somehow this went down surprisingly easy. I think this band is on to something.

JayEnder
July 27th 2021


11457 Comments


This rips ass. m/

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Shuyin
July 27th 2021


14723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That cover seems like something from Silent Hill, gonna jam now. Awesome review too, got me hyped

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botb
July 27th 2021


14827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great write up as always my man. Album is an atom bomb

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2021


15263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Love just how virulent this is. Ace review mr Notrap

teamster
July 28th 2021


5709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review again my dude. My only nit pick is sometimes the drums get drowned out when the songs go nuclear, much like Rosetta - Wake/Lift. This style of music has been on my radar over the last few years highlighted by bands …



Au Dessus

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber

Celeste

This Gift Is A Curse



Urge you to check those if you haven’t.



Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2021


26878 Comments


this is so good damn

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2021


15263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Have you sampled the debut Atari

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2021


26060 Comments


Sweet review Notrap, I have this on queue for this week.

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Sniff
July 28th 2021


7224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i am thinking aoty maybe?

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2021


26878 Comments


@Nocte, yes sir I heard it back in 2018 but definitely going to spend more time with it now. both albums have killer opening tracks

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2021


26060 Comments


Jamming now, damn this is heavy, honestly it might be even too heavy for its own good, at times it feels like it's drowning in itself, about to implode.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2021


26878 Comments


Haha, there are actually some pretty chill moments in the 2nd half

JAV
July 28th 2021


3459 Comments


This has been solid so far

Ashen
July 28th 2021


1523 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well it seems as though we've got ourselves a pretty good album here boys



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