Formed in the city of Norrköping, Sweden in 2009, SKRAECKOEDLAN – a reference to ‘Godzilla’ in Swedish – are one of the most ambitious, original and multidimensional bands to emerge from Scandinavia in recent years.
Like Galactus-in-reverse, their talent for constructing new worlds from the building blocks of heavy psychedelia and progressive rock is simply awe inspiring, and this February will see the release of their most accomplished vision yet… Eorþe (Translated; ‘Earth’) through Fuzzorama Records.
In collaboration with sci-fi author Nils Håkansson who wrote the story behind the album specifically for SKRAECKOEDLAN, Eorþe is set in the 1920s amid a mystery heavy with Lovecraftian influence and philosophical nuances. Having loyally served as heralds to Nordic folklore and science fiction since their inception, following the release of their early EPs in 2010 the band gained the kind of attention that could only lead on to the creation of a much-admired debut album in Äppelträdet (2011, translated; ‘The Apple Tree’) produced by Oskar Cedermalm from the legendary fuzz band Truckfighters.
Live shows with the likes of Orange Goblin, Kylesa, Greenleaf and other giants of the genre followed in the wake of Äppelträdet’s success and in 2015, with production underway on their follow-up album Sagor (Translated; ‘Tales’) SKRAECKOEDLAN worked with a number of acclaimed producers including Niklas Berglöf (Ghost, Den Svenska Björnstammen) and Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, El Caco).
It wasn’t however until they met producer and technician Erik Berglund that they really found what was missing. Lifting the band to entirely new levels of musicianship, under his tutelage the creative process for Sagor not only left the band with an album they were immensely proud of, but one that sat deservedly at number two in the national Swedish vinyl sales chart in August, 2015.
Heading into 2019 with the help of Fuzzorama Records, SKRAECKOEDLAN steer a course to Eorþe, their first album in over three years and undoubtedly their most progressive. With the big metal riffs of new single “Kung Mammut” riding shotgun alongside the more introspective and explorative moments of songs like “Mammutkungens Barn” and “Angra Mainyu“, the trio have cut a definitive and spellbinding record of light and dark. The track “Elfenbenssalarna” is the stand out track for me.
In addition to the CD and standard vinyl editions, Eorþe will also come in a limited-edition box set which sees the album split across two gatefold vinyl records; Earth: Above and Earth: Below. The set will come packed with pieces of merchandise that revolve around the story and feature alternative artwork.