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Taake – ‘Avvik’

Dark Essence Records
Mayhem, Darkthrone, Satyricon
Release Date
July 2, 2021
Dark Essence Records
Black Metal

Taake have never been a band to stick within the usual bounds of their prescribed genre, always finding some new, interesting direction to take. As is possibly to be expected, ‘Avvik’ (‘anomaly/deviation’ in Norwegian) continues this trend, with beautiful acoustic folk sections a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one, and an improved crack at covering Sister of Mercy’s ‘heartland’ adding interesting and unique touches to a quality collection of Black Metal songs.

The striking thing with this album is how enjoyable it is on repeated listening, especially with calmer sections to break up the relentless nature, and genuinely interesting and danceable riffs breaking through the wall of noise, compelling those with long hair to enjoy themselves more, and for those without to stand and simmer over in jealousy, nodding heads all the while.

As a whole, the album is a refreshing change from the wave of relentlessly brutal Black Metal releases in recent years, and once again proves why Taake are considered one of the most inventive bands in the scene. They consistently show that despite being typically recognised as a seminal Black Metal band, they can keep innovating and bringing in new ideas to a genre typically slow to accept change.

A consistently good album with a nicely diverse sound

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