Dauðyflin – “Ofbeldi” (2017)

daudyflinofbeldiThis is the last of the vinyl new releases I brought back from Iceland.  I still have some CDs and even some cassettes to get to, and I know at least one of those will appear here on the blog at some point.  Plus I still have one vintage Icelandic metal album left on the “To Listen To” shelf, so you can expect to see something about that shortly as well.  But this is the last of the 2017 vinyl releases.

I didn’t do a lot of research into Dauðyflin, but I do know the band contains at least some members of the outstanding punk group Börn, who I don’t believe have put out any new albums or singles in the last couple of years… so Dauðyflin may be part of their evolution.  Stylistically there are some similarities in that both bands play hardcore, but that being said Dauðyflin has a bit less of that post-punk flavor that I got from Börn, bringing instead a style of garage/proto-punk that is somehow both raw and refined at the same time.  You can hear the talent throughout the lineup, every member executing and integrated with one another.  The vocals are powerful and the drumming is top-notch, carrying surprising pace changes within individual songs (check out “Hamarinn”).

Hardcore isn’t generally my cup of tea, but I find my feet moving as I listen to Ofbeldi, and that’s the litmus test of a good album for me.  The tracks I’m attracted to tend to be the ones that move more towards metal, like the sludgy doom of “Níðstöng” and the thrash-y “Peningar”.  But don’t take my word for it; you can listen for yourself HERE, and decide for yourself.

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