The split begins with a rhythmic metallic sound, reminiscent of the beginning of “Leukes Renkespill” from Burzum’s album Belus, and then the melancholy melody of an accordion. It is “Skarprättaren” by Grift, a Swedish one-man band from Västra Gotland, Southern Sweden, started by Erik Gärdefors in 2011 that debuted in 2013 with the EP Fyra elegier.
The split delivers true raw black metal with very gloomy atmospheres; the scream of Grift takes on depressive nuances, while Saiva’s clean vocals and choirs are more epic. Very fascinating is the underground feeling of this split, which is also very painstaking especially with regard to the artwork. My preference is for Grift, which I find more interesting; I think we haven’t heard the last of this act. A good reason to grab this split is that Grift’s song will not appear on the next album Syner. Recommended!
Release date: January 30 2015 on Nordvis Produktion. The identity of Saiva is not known. Based on the regional provenience of the bands, the split consists of a Southern side (Syd) and a Northern side (Nord).
Side A - Sida Syd
1. Grift - Skarprättaren
Side B - Sida Nord
2. Saiva - Sjiedvárre
Grift: Erik Gärdefors - vocals, all instruments.
Saiva: not known.
Text by Herjann