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Rotvelt — Human Slakt
(Apollon Records AP116, 2022, LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-12-15

Human Slakt Cover art

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Rotvelt has been around since 2011. They released their first album, En dårlig dag å dø, in 2013, and their second, En fortapt bror, in 2016. Not a prolific band, they just released their third album, Human Slakt, on September 2, 2022. Rotvelt has their musical roots firmly planted in punk while drawing inspiration from other genres such as dub and prog rock. Their music is hard hitting with intense vocals, machine gun drumming, and aggressive guitar and organ. Human Slakt (or Human Slaughter) deals with how humans adapt reality to our lives. This is exhausting music, fourteen tracks spanning 33 minutes. For me, the best track is “Laissez Faire,” where they tones things down a bit for a melodic though aggressive prog punk fusion song. Loud intense vocals and a sonic assault is a fair summary of the album. Definitely not for the casual listener, which is pretty evident by the visceral cover art.

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