Swedish Post-Doom Band, The Blue Collar Army, have created a piece of musical art that approaches a variety of emotional states with a delicacy and precision that tugs at the heartstrings of listeners throughout their new album, ‘Norrland’. Here’s our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first track, “Welcome to Norrland”, The Blue Collar Army introduces listeners into their atmospheric and spacey instrumental style that is emotive and abounding with elements that lead listeners into a state of contemplation. The second track, “Aurora”, creates the feeling of hypersensitivity that comes from the recognization of our miniscule place as a human being in our massive world. “BD” is the third track that begins with a slow piano opening that leads into a blast of eccentric guitar and echoing screams that metaphorically speaks of the animal within an individual who is encountering a mentally and emotionally taxing time within their lives. The fourth track, “This Is the Link Between the Past and the Future”, begins with a nearly identical instrumental feel of Deftones in their ‘White Pony’ days which shifts into The Blue Collar Army taking listeners through the dark tunnel of a deranged mind over harrowing screams that are full of sorrow.
The sixth track, “This is Kvad”, is full of intentionally distorted production which translates into a representation of the miniscule detail that was put into this release. “AC” is the seventh track that begins with a slice of ambience that turns into vocals that are pulsating with suspense, gloom and pain which speaks of the members of The Blue Collar Army’s ability to embrace temporary moments of personal agony. The eighth track, “We Will Burn Your Cities to the Ground”, sharply begins with unvarnished pain through a lyrical dose of ill-intent that is shared openly and channeled through a distressed individual. “Hostis Humani Generis” is the ninth track that opens with a haunting single-key piano instrumental which gently drags into a menacing dose of outrage that slowly burns into the mind of the listener. Closing out with “End”, The Blue Collar Army create a crystalline and chilling instrumental depiction of a child’s worst nightmare which creates the feeling of suppressed emotions coming back around deep into adulthood.
The Blue Collar Army is a group of musicians that are amorphous in the most delightful way. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as Deftones, Baroness and Mastodon, then grab your copy of ‘Norrland’ and support the ride ahead for The Blue Collar Army on Bandcamp.
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