Lik: Misanthropic Breed-2020.

Lik is another band in the swedish death metal revival, alongside other acts such as  Feral , Entrails and Revolting, all from sweden. All these bands and pretty much any other swedish death metal band releasing records in the recent years, share the same aesthetics, thrashy and fast drum beats, no clean vocals at all, classic death metal lyrics, fast rythms paces and, of course, full chainsaw in the guitars among other features that gives swedish death metal it’s identity.

It’s no secret that many of these bands are paying homage to their favourite bands or to the classic swedish death metal sound overall. However, some of them manage to succeed in doing that while adding enough ideas to their sound in order to be not only differentiable from any dismember-rip offs but to build an authentic style of their own. 

I’ll say that Lik belongs to the first kind. This is their third full length and it summarizes very well what they have been doing in the last two records. The groovier and crunchier sections -pretty much present in Mass Funeral Evocation- are still here but the songs don’t rely only on the rhythm. They have taken the mid-paced and almost doomy sound -present in their second full-length Carnage- and mixed it in a way that the songs’s passages are fluid enough, slow parts are indeed well introduced but when they decide to go full blast the transition doesn’t sound abrupt or clumsily placed.

Chris Barkensjö
Drums, Vocals (2014-present)
See also: MefistoWitchery, ex-Construcdead, ex-Face Down, ex-Kaamos, ex-The Resistance, ex-Blackshine, ex-Carnal Forge, ex-The Curse, ex-Grave (live), ex-Nightrage (live), ex-Repugnant, ex-Serpent Obscene, ex-Mass Murder Agenda
Niklas “Nille” Sandin
Guitars (2014-present), Bass (2015-2019)
See also: Katatonia, ex-Amaran, ex-Chaosys, ex-Life Eclipse, ex-Dark Eden (live), Aoria, ex-Sodomisery, ex-Bloodbath (live), ex-Shadows Past, ex-Lamia Antitheus, ex-Siebenbürgen, ex-Slavegrid
Tomas Åkvik
Vocals, Guitars (2014-present)
See also: NaleBloodbath (live), ex-Chaosys, ex-Katatonia (live), ex-The Resistance (live)
Joakim “Myre” Antman
Bass (2019-present)
See also: DiatonicOvertortureThe Ugly, ex-Hellicon, ex-Decadence

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