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Minfullness under julen

My introduction to Eneferens came when I was browsing through the records in the eminent establishment that is Sound Pollution: a record store located in Stockholm’s Old Town. The staff was playing The Bleakness of Our Constant through their stereo system, and there was something about the sound of this record that grabbed me.

Min bakgrund hur den ser ut!

“Children of the Sea” could possibly be my favourite song on the album, it’s definitely a top 3 album song for me. It’s also one of the best Dio-era Sabbath songs in my opinion. I would actually go as far to say that it’s one of Sabbath’s best songs ever!

It starts off with a beautiful acoustic guitar picking pattern. Iommi’s clean electric guitar then enters, followed by Geezer who plays his bass in third harmonies.

Människans själ

The next part feels like what the song has been building up to in the 6:26 minutes since the song started. Åkerfeldt, Lindgren and Mendez play a jagged and supremely evil riff in unison. Lopez matches the staccato nature of the riff with double bass drum action. A nice little detail is how there’s a faint growl that comes before the vocals kick in.

Man ska inte knuffas!

His production on the Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rainbow albums are some of my favourites. No matter how many instruments are playing simultaneously, everything is perfectly audible and balanced. “The Clairvoyant” from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is a fast paced song with drums, bass, two guitars, vocals and keyboards, yet everything is perfectly balanced in the mix.

Vad innebär kärlek?

Listening to this song in 2020, you’d be forgiven for thinking Stevie Wonder could somehow see 43- 47 years into the future of American politics. These lyrics seem just as relevant today, if not even more so, than they did in 1973 when Nixon was president.

Därför är Pilates bra!

Kickstarted’s vocal melody is quite simple yet fits very well to the music. After the first verse, a guitar enters and plays some melodic phrases. These phrases do what they’re supposed to do and do it well: serving the song. My first thought when I heard the guitar sound was that it reminded me of Robert Fripp’s and Adrian Belew’s…