Riket - Avarter (Scarecrow Records)

Taking you back to the old school...
Release Date: 
30 May 2016 - 11:30pm

Blimey, this is a swift flowing EP consisting of four tracks of old school death metal courtesy of Sweden's Riket. They make quite a large noise for a three piece and while I wasn't overly enamoured at first, Avarter grew on me quite rapidly. Dovt Ar Dodens Dan (don't ask me for meanings) kicks things off with a chunky riff and a nice dual vocal of rough and smooth(ish) layers. It's stinks of the 90's, man...and the drumming is chock-full of delighful fills as the tune veers into almost groovish, thrashy territory. There are some lovely twinkles with the guitars and then it's (suddenly) all over. There's more whiffs of groove to Avart Och Vanart, which is over before it gets going at less than two minutes - and this is perhaps one of the short-comings of the EP; you're just getting into a track and it finishes. By the time I've crawled up onto the back of the chair and got ready to fling myself into an imaginary pit, the tune's gone and I'm left stranded, waiting for Nurse to come and get me down. Bummer...

Svarta is so delighfully old skool with manic rhythms, some great howling vocals and a spirited slow chug but again it's over before it's even begun, leaving you with a desperate longing for more. Lagor Vid Portarna finishes things with some furious soloing but there's not enough length in this, or any of the tracks on here, for the band to truly explore what they're capable of. A great EP that will leave you wanting more.