Martin : The comparisons that were drawn between Alkerdeel and Darkthone in the review of ‘Morinde’ might have reeked a bit of lazy journalism, but they weren’t. Just like Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, Alkerdeel manage to combine familiar elements into something unique that is just as much genre defying as it is genre defining. ‘Lede’ is therefore, first and foremost, unmistakably Alkerdeel. The sludgy parts of the album’s predecessor have gone, lending it a rather relentless vibe, but all the band’s typical elements are present; the guitars sound wonderfully disgusting, the bass is surprisingly melodic (Ved Buens Ende being a very obvious reference point), and the drums are… well, what are they anyway? Alkerdeel excel at playing something that is not quite a blast beat. Overall, Alkerdeel have upped their game on ‘Lede’. They offer their strongest material yet, the production is a fair bit better than before, but still phenomenally raw, and Pede’s vocals are just the loudest, nastiest sound out there. Other than that, their sound is, as usually, impossible to describe. Anyone with an interest in murky, but innovative black metal should give this a listen.