GENRE: MELODIC BLACK METAL
ALBUM REVIEW: ARKIVET 
- 2021 | Tracklist:
3. End of Message
4. My Northern Heart
6. The Slow Drown
7. The Gentle Touch of Humanity
[Release Date: 2021-07-16]
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Nine - Vocals
Tobias Rydsheim - Lead Guitar/Keys/BackUp Vocals
Daniel Johansson - Drums
Jerry Engström - Rhythm Guitar
Oskar Tornborg - Bass/Vocals
Martin Björklund - Violin
Moa Sjölander - Vocals
Walter Basile - Vocals
The album was mixed and mastered the renowned pop/dance producer Jonathan
WORMWOOD - Arkivet - 2021 -
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
"(...) Crack the ribcage of Gaia
Expose the rot which is us
We poisoned the well a millennia ago And forced everyone to drink
Now let us drown
Breath in and forget
The fault that which is us
We are the ghosts of the past Remembered by the few who last
Man deserves to die.... (...)" | WORMWOOD | The Archive | Arkivet*
Arkivet (The Archive) is a document you write for those who want to make it
easier for their close ones after their passing where you can tell how you
want to have your funeral arranged, where important documents are located,
last wishes, etc.. | WORMWOOD uses this as a metaphor for the whole world. The last words to an
already dead planet.
THE BAND AND THE NEW ALBUM:
Inspired by the troubled times we all live in through COVID-19 pandemics comes the third
album of Swedish sensation band WORMWOOD. "Arkivet" is the band
new conceptual album that comes with a severe warning towards Mankind as we
devour Nature resources in a vertiginous way, which in time shall be our own
downfall into extinction. The album concept serves as awareness and
ecological conscience to all Humanity, who constantly keeps on draining
Earth resources, paving in this way our path to self-destruction and the end
of another era on this exhausted planet, mistake after mistake, this is how
we all shall fall!
WORMWOOD is a band forged in the heathen flames of Rydsheim
(Sweden) in 2014. Musically speaking WORMWOOD is a band hard to
categorize, they play melodic black metal with allot of folk, atmospheric
and even experimental elements that could fit on some 70's 80's heavy / rock
bands. All of this scorching musical blend together creates an unpredictable and unexpected mix that has
identity through the years, allowing the band to get allot of attention from
the media and metal adepts in general, no wonder they have participated
already in some great tours and festivals. With this ascension thought the years
WORMWOOD have become one of the leading bands on Swedish metal scene,
but yet allot more is to come in their promising career!
"Arkivet" new album, first meant to be entitled "Vita Arkivet" (English
The white archive), then changed due to legal problems, is the follow up
creation to "Nattarvet" (English = The Night's Heritage) a highly acclaimed
album which ascended to the Swedish charts and was nominated for several
awards. The new album, doesn't limit to follow its predecessor footsteps
in fact there are several developments and new elements added to this new
amazing piece. Some are easier to notice than others like the whole new sound
production, mainly the drums!
Daniel drums on this piece sound rawer than ever, rougher in a
primordial old-fashioned way, giving the whole sound a different dynamics and
sound, if that wasn't enough, here and there you may notice the incursion of some traditional
heavy metal oriented elements, sometimes the drums may
even remind you Nicko McBrain Iron Maiden'ish style of percussion, giving with it an even wider range of expansion to
the bands own
typical sound! Yet WORMWOOD still sound like themselves, and yes, you
can identify their sound easily, so don't fear! Another thing you may notice
is that WORMWOOD have included more of their amazing
atmospheric/experimental, almost transcendental moments, if you listened to
"Nattarvet" you will know what I mean. On the new and outstanding
opus of melodic black metal you can experience these special moments in
almost each and every track.
Also something to be noticed on the new album is the fact that the guest vocal appearances are way more
discrete and merge perfectly with Nine main vocals and Oscar
backing vocals. On the other hand, remaining constant as on previous albums, the violin
parts played by
are as always, a pleasant presence wherever they can be heard on any of WORMWOOD
creations. In my opinion this is also an identity enhancer for the band
quintessence, keeping in this way their Scandinavian folk distinctiveness, something that the
band already got us used since their very first release until the current times.
Another constant on this album is the guitar brilliance and daring sound,
something that we have been used also since previous albums, from harsh
black metal, catchy melodic, head-banging heavy metal riffage to
experimental or atmospheric heavy/rock, we have it all on this amazing
guitar work done by Tobias and Jerry.
"Arkivet" recording and production by
renowned pop/dance producer Jonathan
Ojeda might be the most significant change and surprise of them all on
the usual WORMWOOD sound as I mentioned before. "Arkivet" sounds way different from
any of its predecessors, hard to believe that Metal music isn't the producer
usual comfort zone, this since the new album sounds quite Metal'ish in an
old-fashioned way, keeping
each musical elements with their most primordial and old-school vibe.
While the first album "Ghostlands..." was inspired by the admiration
of the cosmos and Scandinavian wonders and the second album "Nattarvet"
was inspired by the famine and harsh times in Swedish past, the new album
gets its inspiration from the book "Arkivet/The Archive" from the
very talented Swedish author Mikael Strömberg, and it deals with the
last days of Mankind on this Earth, the ultimate end of the Human kind who exhausted
their planet resources. We simply can't co-exist with the surrounding Nature
without draining it completely for our own good and wickedness. Humanity is sure to
fail and there is nothing we can do to avoid our self-destruction, our
inability to adapt in a to this world and live sustainably
will be our ultimate doom! Mother-Nature will take what is Hers and we shall fade
into oblivion! "Arkivet" comes without any doubts with a strong
environmental awareness and warning!
The new and audacious conceptual album is quite emotive and strong, carrying
with it a strong message to its listeners, teasing them to act before it's
too late... but as the album reaches to its end you will understand that we
are already too late to redeem the harm we have created on this wounded and
Earth, scarred from all our actions and evil deeds! ... in the end, we
deserve to die!
"Arkivet" is above all a mature melodic black metal experience, a
journey across Mankind fails on this Earth! WORMWOOD has always been
a band attached to Nature and ecology since their beginning, so it's without surprise
that we have such a
strong enlightening creation. The new album brings forwards a rawer and
ferocious sound full of hatred and awareness towards Humanity past, present
and future faults on this World that we've been destroying since the birth
of our times.
"Arkivet" new album is as usual quite uniform in quality and rises
in tension till its end, track-by-track you can feel it while you are
absorbed by such surrounding sound which carries such a strong message that
you can't simply be indifferent to. The more you listen to "Arkivet"
the more details you will find and, in this way, you will enjoy it more and
more on each listening, first you may find it strange but once you go deeper you will be
amazed with it! So, sit down and listen to the sound of the coming Apocalypse!
introduces us to this great conceptual album and it tells us about the last
story written by the few hopeless human survivors of this self-inflicted
Apocalypse, it tells us about our Mankind faults on preserving Mother-Nature
most valuable elements which are indispensable for us to live our lives. One
by one, we are certain to die and pay for the evil than Man has done to this
This is a fast song with a captivating melody that shall be stuck to
your ears since first listening, an easy to follow, well balanced song with a catchy melody
in a melancholic atmosphere. "The Archive" song has all that
essential sound that defines WORMWOOD
as a band! Including a great fitting experimental rock moment, some renewed old-school
drumming sound and ferocious blast-beats. No wonder this is one of my favourite tracks
of the album!
"Overgrowth" is the following track and it represents the
ill-natured Human behaviour as it constantly overcomes of all possible
limits and warning sings given by Mother-Nature, we simply gone one step
too far and She shall take back what is hers! We are doomed to end
our own kind in a self-inflicted extinction, killing the few who have yet
This is another catchy and melodic song that will easily get stuck
on your ears, at least it got on mine as it's also one of my favourite songs
of the album! A natural head-banging song with a smashing heavy metal
oriented solo, you can also notice the incursion of some unusual musical
elements on WORMWOOD typical sound that constantly grows and
reinvents itself in this way!
"End of Message" is the final message from the last of our
kind, a testament send towards the black cosmos just before we fade out and
disappear from this World! Hoping that someone will listen to this final
message in the
future so that they don't repeat same mistakes again on this Earth.
This is a melancholic
song charged with a strong feeling of despair, hate and regret. An amazing
combination of aggression and sorrowful moments condense into another
outstanding and well-balanced melodic song! This is another track which
defines WORMWOOD sound at best!
"My Northern Heart" is a brilliant hymn to WORMWOOD
Northern ancestors and unspoiled lands. A song with a very powerful folk
vibe and atmosphere, revealing the band roots at best and with it creating
an anthem of pure Scandinavian quintessence! No wonder this is my favourite
track of this whole album, and one of the best WORMWOOD tracks ever
created in my opinion,
I simply love it! It reminds me of some timeless heavy metal classics combined
with WORMWOOD strong Scandinavian folk and melodic black metal
identity. On this track the heartfelt choirs and strong folk vibe elevate this heathen
monolith into high grounds of Epic grandeur!
"Ensamheten" which ended up being the only song sung in
Swedish is a romantic and sentimental view of Northern lands as they
collapse into ruin. This is a song that expresses loads of different
emotional states, all charged with a huge melancholic feeling.
"Ensamheten" is another song where the whole folk elements,
mainly the violin by
make all the difference, carving in this way the deep mark of WORMWOOD
strong Scandinavian identity and roots! Go deeper into the song and surround
yourself of a heathen surrounding atmosphere of primordial splendour!
"The Slow Drown"
is a hopeless journey upon this ruined and condemned planet Earth. There
are many meanings to "The End of the World", but in this case, it deals with the downfall of
a demented old lady who lives alone and can't remember why the whole World
around her is collapsing. This is probably the most "outsider" track of this
"Arkivet" album. Be sure to experience an emotional journey across
musical landscapes of sound, crossing fields of mid-tempo post rock,
blackened heavy metal, among others. This is a slower and daring song that
testify WORMWOOD own unpredictable sound definition, proving that
they are a band always evolving and refusing to do the expected!
"The Gentle Touch of Humanity"
is the perfect apocalyptic ending track that concludes this epic piece!
As Humanity ravishes this planet, we are sure to fall into ruin, witness the
afterbirth of Man's downfall. This is a song with a very strong emotional charge and a
deep melancholic feeling of hopelessness. We are Mother-Nature disease, we
are the destroyers of all around us, Humanity aims only for profit above
anything else. In the end and since we can't eat money, we shall only dig our
own graves. Doomsday prophecies are upon us... this is our final chapter on
This song is a huge environmentalist shout towards our conscience,
the longest and natural ending track for this conceptual piece, it has a bit
of everything from catchy "ear-sticking" melodies, chaotic anger and
ravenous blast beats, some very direct rock sound with some blues influenced
guitar solos and even a very emotional collage of news reports about severe
nature warnings we stubbornly ignore and that culminate in our own World
collapse! An interesting detail was the use of the SOS distress signal in
Morse code on some drum beats!
Without a doubt this had to be also one of my
favourite tracks of this amazing new WORMWOOD album, proving that the
band musical horizons go way beyond any possible definition, something only
possible once you have such amazingly talented musicians onboard!
"Arkivet" is without a doubt WORMWOODs most daring and
melodic black metal creation to the date. Amazingly this is only the third chapter of this
Swedish sensation band most promising career! On this chapter, which is a
conceptual piece the band got inspired by the current pandemics situation
and describe the last days of Humanity on this
dying world. Our incapability of sharing this planet with others
shall be our own path to self-destruction, ultimately Nature shall take back
what is hers and with it the natural balance shall be re-established. This
post-apocalyptic journey shall take you deep into Mankind failures and faults
that shall lead us to our ultimate End, all of this based on Mikael Strömberg
book "Arkivet / The Archive" a testament to our presence on this
As a fan of previous WORMWOOD albums expect some significant
changes, mostly concerning the album production. On this chapter the album
detaches a quite allot from its predecessors, but don't fear, once it comes
to the band identity and essence you still have it all there and easily you can
say this is another great WORMWOOD melodic black metal album with
a great folk, atmospheric and experimental touch.
"Arkivet" has a strong bound with both of the previous albums
bound is the massive importance that Nature has on our lives, easy to notice
that this is a band with a high concern towards the environment and they
express it though all their creations, each of them comes with a high
conscience that whatever we give to Nature we will get back and in the end
of all things She shall claim what is Hers!
Some may call WORMWOOD an
black metal band... I never liked labels so say what you will, I rather say
that this is an amazing metal band from Sweden that doesn't stop impressing
us, the listeners, release after release!
All that matters is that "Arkivet"
has all to become one of the best melodic black metal albums of 2021
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"The Gentle Touch of Humanity" : Videoclip :
The Archive : Official Videoclip: