Ofdrykkja
After The Storm


3.5
great

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
November 23rd, 2022 | 7 replies


Release Date: 11/25/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A different shade of gloom

Sweden’s Ofdrykkja have made a name for themselves as a moderately prominent player in the depressive black metal scene. As someone only familiar with their 2019 effort Gryningsvisor, I was impressed with its combination of absolutely gorgeous short dark folk tracks and longer, ambient-leaning, doomy black metal compositions. For the follow-up, After The Storm, though, the band has greatly reduced both the runtime and the metal influence, producing a brief album leaning into somber Nordic folk influences.

Barely surpassing the thirty-minute mark as a whole, the record’s seven tracks are decidedly low-key. Subdued and bare-bones instrumental-heavy songs are the order of the day, although a range of male and female clean vocals regularly here and there. Everything is undeniably pretty, as well as atmospheric, but obvious highlights are scarce. The two notable exceptions are the title track and the lengthy closer, “Beyond The Belt Of Orion”, with the former proving attractive with its blended vocals adding a richness which belies the restrained instrumental underpinnings, while the latter might be compared to Agalloch’s “A Desolation Song”, as both tunes achieve great emotional potency despite relying on what might be dismissed as cringey poetry.

After The Storm marks a distinct shift for Ofdrykkja. With the discarding of the vast majority of metallic elements, the group is pursuing a softer musical vision, even if their overarching melancholy remains. Overall, the album is a qualified success, a competent execution of a full-on dark folk release with several standout tracks, even if its succinct nature suggests that a little expansion could’ve improved the overall presentation. For mood music in the bleakly beautiful time of year as autumn turns to winter, you could do much worse.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2022


4444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is out Friday, Nov 25th.



This is definitely quality in my book and worth checking for the dark folk crowd, but it hasn't quite fully clicked with me yet as a whole.



Possibly my last review of 2022, we shall see!

Josh D.
November 23rd 2022


17752 Comments


Came up with their name by having a cat walk across a keyboard.

This is quite pleasant, but I felt myself looking for more percussion.

CugnoBrasso
November 24th 2022


1507 Comments


I can't help but pronounce it ofdrlaskjelufajsejfahskdj,fkamldjfnlujh

Azog
November 25th 2022


897 Comments


Actually, that would have been the correct pronunciation, if it weren't for the "as", "jelufajsejfahs", "d", ",fk", and "mldjfnluj" being silent.

It's a complicated language. Even the Swedes would agree.

CugnoBrasso
November 25th 2022


1507 Comments


Well I speak German so I can sort of guess what some words mean, but the way they look when they are spelled is very unsettling.

Medicinelover
November 27th 2022


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel like this album would benefit from more Swedish and less English, English just doesn't feel right for this style in my head for some reason

nipplehair
November 27th 2022


40 Comments


"Have made a name for themselves"

Yeah. I'd say so.



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