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Blodsgard continued to write and record, and in 2013 the music coalesced into the opus "Monument". Rex states, "We knew exactly how we wanted it to sound before we started working. “Monument” is in my honest opinion, a brilliant album that is both a wall of sound and an experimental dark-jazzy album. We have always had a thing for combining monotony and melodies, a special unique blend that doesn’t really resemble any other band in particular. I think the reason for this is because we make our music from scratch every single time."
The members of this band are very motivated and proud to be representing something exciting and innovative, while at the same time remaining true to the darkest roots of their Norwegian heritage.
Fredrik Rex - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Music
Stein Akslen - Lyrics, Horns (Minneriket/V0id&Khaos/Vakslen)
Kenneth Mellum - Drums (Mistur/Voluspaa/Claymords)
"Monument" was released in collaboration with The Oath
Click the images to download high resolution photos in .jpg format
Mentalt Minefelt Video
Sjeler Vil Brenne Video
Blodsgard is available on Spotify (below).
and Soundcloud (right)
Blodsgard on Spotify
Blodgard on Soundcloud
2013: "Monument" selected on three of the four of Norskmetal.net's "Top 10 Lists of 2013", including being chosen as "THE ALBUM of the YEAR" on one.
2013: "MirandaYardley, publisher of Terrorizer magazine, pegs "Monument" in the upper tier of the "Top 20 Metal Albums of 2013".
2013: "Monument" included as one of "The Great Albums" of 2013 by No Clean Singing's Andy Synn:"Blodsgard came out of nowhere with one of the most gloriously epic and evil albums I’ve heard in a long time."
2013: "Monument" appears in Denim and Leather - Lowdown Magazine's short list for "Album of the Year" 2013.
2013: "Monument" debuts to high accolades from many webzines and blogs, including perfect scores by Norskmetal and Tombobscure, 93% by No Clean Singing, 90% by Hiss!g and 8/10 from Terrorizer Magazine.
2012: The No Clean Singing website begins their list of “The Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs of 2011” with “Mentalt Minefelt”
2011: Metal Hammer Magazine picks up on the band and debuts the song “Mentalt Minefelt” on the “Necrolust” compilation CD in issue No.220.
2011: Blodsgard second appearance in Terrorizer Magazine, this time in the “Choice cuts” section.
2010: Blodsgard receives international promotion on Terrorizer Magazine’s “Fear Candy” compilation with the song “Sjeler Vil Brenne".
Quotes and Reviews
HISS!G (Monument review, 90%)
French-Metal (Monument review, 18.5/20)
Nihil Verum Nisi Mors (Monument review, 4.5/5)
Bloodzine (Monument Review, 4.5/5)
Metalhead.it (Monument review, 8/10)
"Heaviness in a Firestorm.... Stein Akslen's lyrics are a welcome change from oozing stereotypical banalities...and Fredrik Rex staged a coup in the words with extraordinary emotion... spewing hate to us scornfully... and illuminates with an unusual clear voice caught in the suicidal dark side of the soul."
Bleeding4Metal.de (Monument review , 9.5/10)
Terrorizer # 242 (Monument review, 8/10)
"...this album fucking rules. Monument is my favorite album of this year, shaping itself up to be a black metal classic worthy to sit among the greats. From furious beginning to melancholic end, Blodsgard had me enthralled the entire way through. The production and sound can be characterized as being distinctly Norwegian, yet refined, modern, and enjoyable without losing any of black metal’s edge."
" ...awe inspiring... A must have." (Monument review, 5/5)
"I would not be exaggerating if I said that this will be the best black metal album of the year. It's sophisticated, well-constructed, diverse and rich in musical variety, with a fascinating mixture of ideas that makes them shine among lookalike bands." (Monument, 9.75/10)
No Clean Singing
"What has been crafted here is brilliantly beautiful, melancholic and monumental, but at the same time an angry, filthy and intoxicating way of spreading their message." (Monument, rating 6/6)
"What I’ve heard from Blodsgard to date ranges from solid to superb. The music is definitely nekro, rooted in the hallowed traditions of Trve Norwegian Black Metal, but guitarist/vocalist Fredrik R is a talented songwriter, and what he creates is much more than the typical hate-filled, clawing-to-the-bone that you might expect. There’s one song in particular to which I’ve returned many times — “Mentalt Minefelt”. I’ve become addicted to the bleak, moaning melody, the cataclysmic drum explosions, and Fredrik R’s positively harrowing vocal style. This song is kvlt — and it’s also tremendously infectious."
No Clean Singing
“This is no slick production, slicked hair output; this is true Norwegian black metal in the original sense of the term. This is grimm, this is cult, and this is frost-bitten. Blodsgard are raw and surly, black metal anno 1994 and for those that miss those halcyon days Blodsgard are bringing them right back to their original deathcrushing form."
“Most of the demo releases I get are not of this quality aka: perfect production, musicianship top notch and songs that some in the BM realm would sell their souls to have a writing credit to.“ (Solve et coagula, rating: 5/5)
"The music is shrouded in the aura of wintry bleakness for which black metal is typically known, but each song also carries within it memorable, haunting melodies as well as razored hostility."
No Clean Singing
“These guys may have only started in 2006 but they have all the black metal misanthropy of any of the early greats.”
Metal Hammer Magazine
"For quality, exquisite song craft and pure Metal music enjoyment this has few peers. I for one am very impressed by this band's debut.”
Norsk Svart Metall
“How (Fredrik) and his band mates have yet to be picked up by a label baffles me because of the Black Metal records I’ve come to review, this is clearly the best of the bunch.” (Webmaster's note: Be baffled no more. As of February 2012, the band has been signed)