Album Review :
Svarteskerm - Illojala Till Slutet

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Label: ZAP Records
Release Date:  August, 16th, 2019


  1. Diognetus
  2. Inte alla män
  3. Psykbryt
  4. Du din djävul behöver Jesus


The fan base of crust punk may be slim, but the music is significant. Returning to the studio is Sweden’s Svarteskerm. Sung entirely in Swedish, the four song EP, Illojala Till Slutet, delivers a blistering fast and aggressive look at the political and social turmoil found in their native country. But each of the song topics transcend borders. These are concerns that hit home for all of us.

“Diognetus” reminds us that it’s too easy to have national pride take away our sensibilities by failing to recognize that all the countries of this earth are our home. The current day reality is that we live in a misogynistic world, where men’s relationship with women are too often one sided is revealed on “Inte alla män”.  The music of “Psykbryt” sets for the tone about how mental health affects our outlook on life.

I was hoping that the darkness would be alleviated on the closing track of Illojala Till Slutet, but not so. If my translation of “Du din djävul behöver Jesus” is correct, the song narrator is a Christian giving a harsh rebuke to a non-believer.

Illojala Till Slutet, the latest release from Svarteskerm, continues in the band’s tradition of facing reality with with eyes wide open. The band may not always offer a solution to societal ills, but they do raise awareness that Christianity can be a light in a dark world.

Find Illojala Till Slutet on the ZAP Records Bandcamp page.

About the author: Dave Hawkins is host of The Antidote, a syndicated weekly radio broadcast featuring interviews with innovative artists who share a Christian worldview.

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Loyd Harp
August 31, 2019 5:09 am

I love crust! How did I miss this? Downloaded so I can rectify that.

Mr Swede
Mr Swede
August 30, 2019 6:12 am

Music is good. Lyrically not so good…

August 29, 2019 12:14 am

The lyrics for Du din djävul behöver Jesus would be something like this in english: “Im the van outside your house im the paranoia in your high im the woman in black the nightmare that returns each night you should praise Jesus – get it? because he saves you – get it? if it was up to me -get it? you would have been slaughtered now – get it! Theres a fist inside my chest Hits whitout asking, hits first so give thanks to god, that she opens up my fist, my grip. i have fantasised about knocking on your… Read more »

Ivan Sirinov
Ivan Sirinov
August 29, 2019 3:03 am
Reply to  svarteskerm

why obscene language in Diognetus? So sad…

Jim Tschoepe
Jim Tschoepe
October 22, 2019 7:35 am
Reply to  Ivan Sirinov


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