Magical isn’t a word that’s often used to describe an album, but something that absolutely fits the bill is the brand new album from Troldhaugen, Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez. All killer and no filler, I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to surpass the majesty of their debut album Ramshackle, but they’ve only gone and done it!
After setting the scene well with atmospheric introduction Table Of Contents, things get fully underway with Hunting Tactics For Mythical Creatures, an energetic affair that really gets things off to a running start. When the full band kicks in, the lead melody absolutely blows you away whilst also gripping you by the shoulders and making sure your interest is held. Things speed up and up, almost to a fever pitch, and then we’re treated to a softer and more stripped-back section before the noise and energy returns once more. If you’re looking for the perfect way to kick-start an album, then this is it!
Another absolutely incredible inclusion is the insanely catchy Leftie’s Wild Ride, a wickedly great piece which seems to feature a bit of everything! It all starts off with some wonderfully cheesy keyboard lines and massive vocals – and then you’re faced with some falsetto vocals atop of a techno-sounding line! It all fits together somehow, and makes for a unique and memorable track as a result.
However, if you’re looking for something completely ‘out there’, you may want to try Viva Loa Vegas, a track so wacky it’s almost impossible to put into words. With an almost-primal sounding vocal line, crazy circus-esque keys, and even a dubstep section, Troldhaugen take everything that ‘shouldn’t’ go together and put it into one unholy mix – and it absolutely works! It’s a brave move, and one that really pays off.
If you’re looking for an original album that ticks all the right boxes, then look no further than Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez. Troldhaugen know what their strengths are, and have really outdone themselves with this one.