It’s no surprise that I tend to gravitate towards music that is a little quirky, eccentric and often just plain weird. After I discovered the ever eclectic Toehider last month, I noticed a post on their Facebook about Woolongong outfit Troldhaugen. I believe Toehider (Mike Mills is a guest on this album) compared them to a carnival of sounds, and naturally this piqued my interest and I had to listen. So I did.
And a carnival of sounds is correct. The title of the album says it all really, especially that spelling, and you know right away that this is no ordinary album. Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez is almost the musical embodiment of a child with ADHD who has had too much sugar and there is just no stopping them. Troldhaugen obviously don’t believe in hitting the brakes as the album speeds from one track to the next maintaining the same high level of energy and excitement.
It’s really refreshing to find these metal and hard rock bands that know how to have fun, but still make quality heavy music. I’m sure it’s always been there, but it is only now that it seems to be crossing my path. Troldhaugen aren’t afraid to mix genres, or just really do whatever the hell they want. Among the circus-y rhythms and maniacal vocals, dubstep action can be heard (“Viva Los Vegas”). “Cut To The Chase” even has this lead them to battle vocal section, and what sounds like a 16-bit game soundtrack backing it all. Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez is one of those albums where there is both no words to describe it, but at the same time endless possibilities of how you could possibly try to explain what it’s like.
It really is just an album that needs to be heard. It’s fun, extremely well done and a fantastic reminder that metal doesn’t have to be brooding, dark and just downright depressing. Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez is a and album that you will enjoy listening to. And if you just need a pick me up after a crappy day, this is where you can find it.