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The Jam Session : När Mörkret Väller Över

The band name made me first envision a bunch of laid back stoner or oldschool rock tracks that's basically made on improvisation. The album name, 'När Mörkret Väller Över' (translated from Swedish; "when/as the darkness pours over"), sounds like it belongs to a melodic black metal release. The Jam Session doesn't fit either of these descriptions, but in their defence they play a style of music that somewhat fits both the name and the title. Interestingly, the music also has a sound that justifies the choice of fronting the cover with something as unusual as a baboon. I find no way of describing why I find this to be the fact, but the general feeling of the music is one that fits well with the keywords 'nightfall', 'jamming', and 'aggressive ape'.

Most of the time the music consists of grooving sludgecore with male growls and strong touches of oldschool death metal. Some tracks mix in doom metal and there are several ambient interludes. Strong riffage and lots of anger, in combination with the loudness has made the music into something highly destructive. It's monstrous, which is probably the strongest point of their music. Sadly, while the band has included lots of ups and downs and inroduced an odd element here and there, the tracks don't end up as memorable. They're not loose cannons, usually, but they still don't seem coherent to my ears. But I would not be fair unless I point out that there is indeed one highlight, track seven, 'Suffer The Loss'. It is also the track with the strongest doom influence.

I assume, as always, that there will probably be people who will think very differently than me about the music. In fact I think that some might find this album to be absolutely genius. Fans of sludge and death metal fusions are perhaps those who would think most highly of it. On the other hand, those who prefer their things doomy won't find too much of interrest.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. När Mörkret Väller Över
2. On Knees We Crawl
3. Heavy Is The Burden
4. Heartbeats
5. Nothing But Scars
6. Sommen
7. Suffer The Loss
8. Death On The Horizon
9. Silver
10. Burning Dawn
11. Close To The End
12. Mourn

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes.

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Reviewed on 26-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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