Scandinavian band Lipid
hasn’t had an easy time of it since their inception during the mid 90’s.
Indeed it has only been recently that they've had a clean go of things
thanks to a new deal with Copro Records (Casket Music), which has
enabled them to put their problems of the past away and look to the future.
Taking material from their two self released EP and giving it a thorough
re-mastering has produced this debut full-length album.
Entitled “Hagridden”, it features big heavy guitars, huge, meaty, chugging, chunky rolling riffs delivering brutality and served around a mid/fast tempo but just occasionally at a more evil pace. The guttural vocals of Sören Hartlev Pedersen emit course gravel and are as subtle as a slit throat.
Sounding like a genetic splicing of Entombed and Testament with a blood transfusion from old school Metallica, the result is a vibrant mix of 80/90’s thrash and death metal but with an added yet unidentified DNA of doom and injected with fresh enthusiasm. The slightly clichéd tolling church bells that hark back to Black Sabbath and used by every dark metal band since, open the album but then merge into an original and spooky Hammer-esque violin piece before they thrash to within a inch of death. It never really lets up from there on and at times has a similar feeling to both Haunted and Darkane with some rather thoughtful songs progressions.
This Danish quartet has produced a very strong album of crushing guitars and throaty vocals, resulting in some pretty brutal thrash/death metal. Despite those vocals being just a little one dimensional and the music being fairly extreme, it’s surprisingly easy to get into this album. If your looking for a good band to start your Scandinavian collection, then look no further - these are your men. 7/10.
Rigsby (31st July, 2003)