OKKULTOKRATI sound like they’re playing to you from a different dimension. Lead as always by grand visionary and songwriter Erik Svarte, their new album Raspberry Dawn is weird, wired and quite possibly the holy grail for those looking for radical rock reinvention and new sensations in the current era.
On Raspberry Dawn, Okkultokrati thrust the heretic rock and roll that they have cultivated since their 2008 inception into more extraordinary situations. Classic 70’s riffing, snotty punk, and brash old school metal are inventively mixed with pulses and spikes of dark wave and ice cold, psychedelic repetition. They execute these infectious tunes effortlessly, playing with the attitude they retained from their roots in rural hard rock attitude, and busting a propulsive stomp that aligns them closer to the clarity of recordings from decades past, also exemplified by spring reverb twangs that ping across the mix like rubber bands.
Erik Svarte’s electric guitars are run through high power fuzz mechanisms that rattle and roar like powerful engines. Vocalist Henning’s hoarse snarls and cries take on many forms but retaining an audible link to metal with their prickly delivery, phrased in triumphant catchy guises. An instant example of this is heard on the title track; a glorious rock’n’roll anthem celebrating the bad boys of rock and roll such as Iggy Pop, the Ramones and Alan Vega (RIP).
The fresh addition of synth player Feffe Severin on Raspberry Dawn allows Okkultokrati to fully expand in to their new stage, where nothing and everything is sacred. Adding organ touches, violent slaps of static, and blown out sci-fi overtures to the Okkultokrati collective, Severin compliments perfectly the band’s pre-existing taste for the curious and the macabre, amping up both the drama and the feel good extremes that they have always lathered their sound in.
This new LP is without a doubt a giant bound forward from Snakereigns and Night Jerks, and one that will surely lasso in more inquisitive ears. Whether you’re a devotee of sounds from the underground or in the market for a stadium rock fix, Okkultokrati can somehow satisfy you all.
* Península Ibérica (Spa/Por)