I'veextolled the virtues of a good FFO previously, and a mix of Mr Bungle and Refused is certainly an eye-catching recommendation. In Akersborg's case, it's also pretty accurate. The opening two tracks of Feelantropicoco have a definite Bungle-esque feel about them, and a lot of what follows is highly reminiscent of their fellow, Scandanavian hardcore pioneers. I'd also throw in a bit of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Blood Command at their most unhinged, with the whole thing adding up to something The Armed might have sounded like, if they'd stuck with extreme experimentation, rather than going down the "ultrapop"/boring indie-rock route following Only Love (2018). The band themselves feature multiple members of elctro-funksters Aiming for Enrike, and the album also features guest spots from members of Kvelertak, and Beaten To Death, among others, firmly cementing their sound within the more playful end of progressive hardcore.
As fun as Feelantropicoco is, there's still a lot of room for future refinement. Despite the album's eccentric array of influences, and in spite of being promoted as a modern-day Shape of Punk to Come (1998), there really isn't all that much original about it. As wide ranging as its pool of influences are, they are also all readily recognisable (with something like Only Love itself staking a far stronger claim to the title. Nor does Feelantropicoco have the song craft or memorability of Refused's genre re-defining masterpiece. Yet, while this debut effort is far from the finished product, but It's still early days for Akersborg, and its possible that this may well wind up being their Untitled (2018) or Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (1995) instead.
Acrolysis – Revolution (thrash)
Aeon Winds – Night Sky Illuminations (post black metal)
Aeternus – Philosopher (blackened death metal)
Alchemy Of Flesh – By Will Alone (death metal)
Altars Of The Moon – The Colossus And The Widow (post-doom)
Andre 3000 – New Blue Sun (Jethro Tull-core?)
Antiquus Scriptum – Compêndio do Mal (Ou Crónicas de um Mago) (dungeon synth)