Furious hardcore, angular metalcore and earworm pop punk meld surprisingly seamlessly on Ondt Blod‘s sophomore full-length, Natur.
While this meshing of genres seems rather nonsensical on paper, this Norwegian act blends them effortlessly together and produces a sound that is technically proficient, catchy, and most of all unique. The band’s first full-length, 2016’s Finnmark, showcased the band’s admirable songwriting chops with its collision between chaotic instrumentation and addictive choruses. On their follow-up record, Natur, the band pick up where they left off and continue to refine their singular style. Ondt Blod manage to avoid the sophomore slump and craft album that is both fun and pummeling.
The title track “Natur” kicks everything off to a blistering start with an array of off-kilter instrumentation. The guitars deliver rapidly shape-shifting riffs that morph from high octane, hardcore chord progressions, to jangly, dissonant shifts easily. This metallic debauchery bleeds flawlessly into uplifting, pop-laden choruses that stick to the brain like peanut butter. This raging tune is followed by the energetic “Andre Liv”, which conversely churns out a plethora of memorable melodies and saccharine riffs. From here the band keep the energy and surprises flowing.
Tracks such as “Start Han Opp” and “Giftige Tunga” see the band opting for lower tunings and heavy grooves. These particular cuts hammer the listeners with their thick, muscular and sludgy riffs, but also make room for melodic flourishes and anthemic refrains. Other standouts include the crossover thrash-meets-metalcore riff fest that is “Med Ulver”, and the alternative hit in the making that is “Storma”. The album closer “Giron” also makes quite the impression with its bloodthirsty hardcore riffs, slow-burning atmospheric bridge, and its storming, triumphant climax.
Ondt Blod‘s Natur is a truly unique post-hardcore record that is fierce, angular, catchy and upbeat all at once. The record explores several different avenues in the punk scene, sometimes all in the same song, but never once sounds sloppy or unfocused. Hardcore fans who have been searching for that one record they can mosh and dance around gleefully to should have to look no further.
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Label: Fysisk Format
Favorite Tracks: “Natur”, “Start Han Op”, “Med Ulver”, Storma” and “Giron”
For Fans Of: Every Time I Die, Muck and Glassjaw