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Raw, political punk from the middle of Norway. This
is Ørtæv’s first release, as far as I know, and what a release it is! It
really should be mentioned that this is way rougher than what I usually
listen too, so I don’t have that much to compare it with. But when that
is said, I do know what I like and what I don’t; and this was a real
pleasant surprise. Though pleasant might not be the right word to use
here. This is real aggresive punk with political content and the red
flags waving high in the air. Musically it’s not that impressive, and
you can easily hear that some of the members don’t have that much
experience on their instruments; but what the f**k, it’s punk allright.
What I like most on this record is without doubt the lyrics. Some of
them are, intentionally or not, very entertaining. Lines like “Æ kjenne
lokta av svin, av jævla nazisvin” and ”Knytta næva gir hardar tæva” are
some of the stuff you find tons of on this record. My personal favourite
is “Foill tå stoff”, a song about drugs and the way out of it. This tune
has an unstopable “oi, oi, oi”-chorus, which I really can’t resist. The
song “Drøm”, which is the closest you get to a ballad on this album, is
also a good one. It has a good melody, and some very cool lyrics
describing what seems to be a wet dream about liberation and FRP-politicians
leaving the country. What I on the other hand don’t understand with the
whole screaming vocal-scene, is that those bands who say they have the
most meaningful lyrics, politically or whatever; those are the bands
screaming their lungs out, making it impossible to understand a word.
Luckily this album has the lyrics written in the coversleeve, and that
way you can read for yourself. If you can read...in Norwegian... This
band is sure worth checking out if your into aggresive punk, and this
album is a good place to start. And while you’re at it; pay close
attention to the bass-player’s Rancid-reference in “Metallic blå”.
That’s an easter-egg well hidden, for everyone who bothers to listen.
4. april, 2006