As a listener, one doesn't always measure the
consequences of a good sound on a record. Lakei must have done it when
they recorded their Konspirasjoner at Studio Fredman, the superbly
acclaimed Swedish studios behind the famous "Göteborg sound", the studio that
stands as proof of the quality of the bands that come out of it.
This generates the question: what remains when you strip a record for the good
sound? Sound is what I am extremely sensitive to, which means I have a fond
interest for its characteristics and means, but I try not to get fooled by a
nice package. For what is a woman praised for her wonderful mane but a demise
when all's been cut off? Which leads us to reflect on Lakei's first album
The band as Lakei is young but composed of musicians with a certain
amount of experience, that are obviously sound fanatics. Big efforts are put in
tuning and effects to achieve the huge, distorted, heavy as planet Saturn riffs.
The music sounds modern yet primitive, as good sons of the capital of black
metal, Bergen, Norway. There's a right to the point feeling to it, which
reflects in the short playing time. The tracks are of average length but seem
longer, which they owe to the richness in expressiveness and the expansive
The album doesn't lead me to new horizons, yet it grows on me throughout the
album. The Bergen feeling in certain melodies especially makes me weak, though
this is not a typical Bergen record, you will have got it by now.
Let us hear more from these guys. To begin with, meet them at the Øya festival
in Oslo, Norway this summer!