The new album is titled ‘Natur’ and produced by Blood Command’s Yngve Andersen.
The Norwegian band, whose name translates to ‘Bad Blood’ have been attracting a lot of attention recently. They have gained support from Visions and Punktastic as well as being premiered on Dan P Carter’s rock show on BBC Radio 1.
Their new album portrays a very robust political message looking through the eyes of the indigenous Sami people from Lapland. The band’s singer, Aslak, is a strong political activist and has very clear opinions which he tries to reflect through song.
The whole album looks at defending the Sami people and try to stop the segregation and oppression that they currently face. Many songs including Natur (Nature), Andre Liv (Other Lives) and Start Han Opp (Start it Up) clearly show how the band feel about the world politically, and they don’t hold back.
If you translate the lyrics, they talk about the Sami people holding ground and fighting back. They have been living like that for too long to change now. It is their war to fight.
The album has elements of different genres spread around within, but it has three very noticeable aspects. It uses melody and tune that is highly linked to punk. The vocals add a metal side to the songs with the tempo adding a hardcore style. They blend well together creating a punk-rock-metal album.
‘Ritous riffs and head-banging hooks’
The album is relatively short, clocking in at just over half an hour. However, Ondt Blod get straight to the point. After being treated to a 30 second drum solo lead singer Aslak says (translated to English) ‘Thunder roar, nature call. Stacking towers of a hundred skulls. This is my war.’
But if you were just listening and didn’t realise it was about the Sami people then you soon would. In only the fifth line of the first song, Aslak uses the word ‘siida’. This is a Sami word relating to a geographically limited community.
On the last track of the album, Giron, Ondt Blood are joined by Ella Marie Hætta Isaken, a Sami pop star (part of the group ISÁK). She sang a traditional joik (an ancient singing tradition for Sami people) duet with Aslak. This therefore again clearly shows how Aslak and his band are not afraid to shy away from their views.
Riotous riffs, head-banging hooks and mesmerising melodies are just a flavour of what ‘Natur’ has to offer. The Norwegian band’s willingness to write such controversial lyrics and mixing these with a range of different melodies makes the album well worth a listen. It is an insanely fun half hour that makes you want to put it on repeat after you’ve finished it.
And let us not forget that despite having only released one album, Ondt Blod have had a lot of praise. They have been deemed ‘pride of the North’ in Norwegian media and were nominated for newcomer of the year in the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammys.
With their new album on the horizon, Ondt Blod should expect a lot more success and pioneer people to trust their beliefs. It is what they want after all.