Relatively short playlist this week, but still plenty good :-)

Esben And The Witch – Planet Caravan
Sometime while I was busy – deeply buried in Roadburn-bands – English postrock band Esben And The Witch issued a 4-track acoustic EP. Last week I noticed – and dropped everything to listen (yup – I really am fond of them :-) )

This is of course a cover of the Black Sabbath track from the Paranoid album. And while the original is a probably the most laid-back, psychedelic track the masters recorded, Esben And The Witch has turned it into a beautiful, soft-spoken, slightly haunting, sad song as it would be sung by the engineering crew aboard a rundown spaceship bound for the farthest reaches of known space.

Goosebumps galore.

Svarttjern – Dødsskrik

Taken from Svarttjern‘s newly released album by the same name, this track epitomizes both the album’s clear sound, and the band’s willingness to stray from the straight path, with its great bass-intro and the almost punk-like feel of the track.

Black metal of the highest carat.

Dead Lord – Farewell

Taken from the 2015-album Heads Held High, there are nods both towards Hüsker Dü and Thin Lizzy, giving the track an immediately likeable feel, and makes it a prime choice for music to celebrate the dawning summer – sitting outside with good friends sharing a few beers.

Neurosis – Stones From The Sky

I had a strong flashback to those 2 immense Neurosis shows at Roadburn, and had to include this track on the playlist this week – both because it clearly showcases almost everything that’s so great about Neurosis, but also simply because! ’nuff said.

Sunless Dawn – Sovereign

Young Danish band Sunless Dawn (from Copenhagen) have released exactly one track, but who is counting when the virgin release is of this quality?

Clocking in a 14:33, Sovereign varies from slow, post-sludge sections of a brittle heaviness, more elaborate prog-parts, and all-out, brutal riff-fests, turning the track into something that is reminiscent of the playful experimentation of the prog of the late-60’s and early-70’s, without losing its relevance to modern emotional, heavy music. Follow this band!