On today’s edition of djent done right, we have Swedish multi-instrumentalist Billy Qvarnström, who began his musical career by taking on bass and drum duties in various local bands. In more recent years, he has become a musical one-man-army. This week, he released his second self-produced solo metal album Vitvarg, which is the follow-up to his 2015 record The Forest God.
The song is a perfect measure of the darker side of djent, reminiscent in places of the workings of Nemertines. Not only is the playing deft and relentlessly engaging, but the guitar tones are lavished and marvelously layered. Those tortured vocals are nicely delivered to add some extra flavor. The percussion and bass are tight and quick-witted. The song pulls us into a sinister underworld but then shows mercy in a dreamily melodic second half. It is a dynamic showcase of Qvarnström’s abilities as a musician and producer, as well as his musical identity.
For a prime and marvelously scary example of what Qvarnström’s upcoming album has to offer, check out this video for “Voice of Peril”:
Fans of this are encouraged to dive straight into Vitvarg and absorb the entire album. It does not disappoint, and is currently available to hear on Bandcamp. You can also check him out on Facebook, Youtube and Soundcloud.