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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars Rounded up to the fourth star, mainly because of the DVD.

This is the second album from this Swedish combo and it is a small deception after their incredible debut. I think part of it is due to guitarist Stefan Dimle's (one of two ex-Landberk members) departure (to Swede psych group Dungen), but also to the surprise effect of the debut not working here. The first track starts off weirdly enough with a violin (courtesy of a guest) and is rather ballsy but soon you are engulfed into their usual atmospheres and very glad to find the feeling of the first album. The second track is still full of those atmospheres but much calmer. All of the other tracks are equally as good but remain calm and moody. So you ask: why is it a deception? Well, the fact is that this is too calm and the album never really takes off to reach climaxes as it did on their debut - especially on the monster track Quits.

After repeated listens, this too-calm (soporific?) feeling is confirmed and I find myself popping the CD out of my deck and must refrain from selecting some Motorhead (luckily I don't have any ;o))) or Mr Bungle. Some version of this album comes with a short "bonus" DVD with four tracks recorded live, and that is pure bliss, because it shows that the band's essence on stage is not that well represented on studio recordings. Another bonus is that we can get an eyeful of Petronella and her husband can't do a thing about it, cos he's stuck behind his drum kit. So Kallocain is a bit listless and amorphous, but if you manage to get a hold of the DVD version, it might still be worth your while.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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