Formed in 2004, ‘Kayser’ are a rarity within the Swedish Metal scene. In a country that are, arguably, most famous for Death Metal bands and fucking Abba, Kayser dabble in groove-laden, unapologetic, Thrash Metal. 2014 sees the release of their 3rd full length album and their first since 2006. The question has to be, is it worth the wait?
The answer is, quite simply, yes! Entitled ‘Read Your Enemy’, they have released the first heavyweight album of the year and I have to say that I have been listening to this album as often as I can over the past few weeks. Once heard, it utterly dominates you!
Kayser manage to bring a modern slant to genre still dominated by the big four. This allows them to stand out from the crowd and with tracks as good as ‘Dreams Bend Clockwise’ and the title track ‘Read Your Enemy’ with its stunningly aggressive guitar tone, they smack the ball right out of the ball park. Metallica will never release an album as good as this one again!
Each track offers the listener something to get the head nodding, be it the opening riff of ‘Almost Home’ or the insanely catchy chorus in ‘I’ll Deny You’. I was listening to this in office and had to physically restrain myself from breaking out the air-guitar and head-banging. It is so easily to lose yourself whilst listening to it.
One of the most impressive aspects of the album are the vocal’s of Spice. Having just enough raspiness in his vocal, he manages to generate a sense of passion in performance, especially in ‘Where I belong’, a track in which he excels. With Swaney and Jokke trading riffs as crisp and clean as you would have heard KK Downing and Glen Tipton in Priest’s glory days throughout the album, you are just pleased that bassist Biff and drummer Bob Ruben manage to drive the whole thing along with aplomb. ‘He Knows Your Secrets’ sees Kayser come together as one and it is fanfreakintastic!
In 2013, we were treated to an utterly exceptional year in terms of album releases. Had this album been released last year, I can honestly say it would have been more than tickling the underbelly of my top 5 list. Suffice to say, it will take 5 supreme albums to bump it out my top 5 of 2014.