If Finntroll, Korpiklaani, and Diablo Swing Orchestra had a clumsy Norwegian cousin with a consuming downside, that will be Trollfest. And really quietly, this awkward Norwegian dude has been making weird ‘folks steel’ albums for almost 20 years. At its root, Trollfest’s sound combines the “huumpa and the beast” components popularized by Finntroll with the varied musical influences and a willingness to increase into no matter type feels enjoyable in the meanwhile like DSO. However not like aforementioned artsy (and probably fartsy) Swedes, Trollfest just about sings about their collective alcohol downside (like Korpiklaani). And truthfully, each time I hearken to a brand new Trollfest album I ask myself the identical query: “Why don’t I hear to those guys extra?”
Flamingo Overlord will be the band’s best conceptual work so far. They’ve taken the pink flamingo and created an album surrounding it. This contains jokes about: dancing like a pink flamingo (“Dance Like a Pink Flamingo”); goose-stepping like a pink flamingo (“Rule the Nation”); hurting the sentiments of a pink flamingo overlord (“Overlords Have Emotions”); and even about genetically crossing pink flamingos with gorillas (“The Flamingorilla”). By means of all of it, Trollfest hits the listener with monitor after monitor of musical references and textures. “All Drinks on Me” begins like a Flogging Molly monitor that makes a tough proper flip into yodeling and metal guitar. “Twenty Miles an Hour” includes a funk breakdown and a not-totally-embarrasing rap, whereas the aggressively hooky trap-influenced “Piña Colada” includes a man speaking Norwegian like he’s Daddy Yankee with the chord development of “Despacito.”
The trick with bands like this, nonetheless, is that they should be good at what they’re doing. Jokes are solely humorous a number of occasions, so if the listener doesn’t wish to return for the music, then it’s a waste of everybody’s time. And, like a Bizarre Al non-parody tune, these weirdo Norwegians occur to additionally make actually good music impartial of the jokes. The core of their sound is a merge of kinds between Nifelvind-era Finntroll (test the verse to “The Flamingorilla”), groovy/grindy dying steel—with screeching vocals harking back to Corporal Demise from Macabre—and a heaping serving to of Balkan influences. This helps to construct the spine of the band’s distinctive idiom and it imbues Trollfest with the form of enjoyable, addictive dynamic that’s essential to be greater than amusing each from time to time.
Should you haven’t had sufficient enjoyable, bizarre shit in your life in 2022, look no additional than Trollfest’s latest conceptual platter: Flamingo Overlord. Certain, it’s foolish. Yeah, it’s bought a little bit of a juvenile fratboy vibe. However should you hearken to oppressive blackened doom all day? Is it mandatory to take a seat alone at midnight and focus solely on the meaninglessness of existence, the battle of your on a regular basis life, and your incapability to beat your psychological jail for which you’ve got solely your self accountable? No, I feel you—identical to your bizarre Norwegian cousin—need to day drink pineapple juice, coconut milk, and rum. Or their musical equal.
Tracks to Verify: “All Drinks on Me,” “The Flamingorilla,” “Flamingo Libre,” and “Piña Colada” – however severely, simply give the entire damned factor a spin.
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