If Satan pos­sessed your favourite 70s rock band and gave them a hel­la­cious 2018 makeover, you’d be some way to un­der­stand­ing these Swedes’ per­sua­sive power

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punk, hard­core and stoner rock bands in Ljungby, Swe­den, singer/gui­tarist Coffe Frans­son and his friends reached a mo­ment of rev­e­la­tion in 2013. They quit their bands, joined forces and di­rected their cre­ative urges to­wards the pri­mal essence of heav­i­ness. The re­sult is Od­cult: a psych rock pow­er­house with some of the most ab­surdly in­fec­tious riffs we’ve heard in months. Such is the earthy oomph of new, se­cond al­bum Into The Earth, it’s al­most as if the trio have been beamed here from the early 70s…

“It’s be­cause we are time-travellers, ha ha! We just thought, ‘Fuck it, we’ll go to the fu­ture and make it hap­pen…’” laughs Coffe. “The truth is that we all just fell in love with Sab­bath. They’re al­ways there, even in the punk scene, so we al­ways loved that sound. But it all be­gan with dad’s record col­lec­tion. He had a lot of Kiss records! When we started mak­ing mu­sic, you think, ‘That’s dad’s mu­sic, so let’s play hard­core in­stead…’ but then we re­alised, ‘This shit is good!’ Mu­sic in the 70s had more soul. It was new and raw and dan­ger­ous and scary.”

From their oc­cult rock im­agery to the hellish over­tones of Coffe’s lyrics, Od­cult are op­er­at­ing in a sim­i­lar sonic area to their fel­low coun­try­men, but Into The Earth is not a re­cruit­ment tool for the dark side, tongue-in-cheek or oth­er­wise. It’s a high-en­ergy ex­er­cise in ex­or­cis­ing demons and chan­nelling rage through malev­o­lent metaphor.

“Yeah, I sing a lot about Lu­cifer, Hell and pur­ga­tory,” Coffe smiles. “I love the­ol­ogy and the oc­cult and that whole mys­tique, so I used the oc­cult theme and fallen an­gels as a metaphor for how I per­ceived sit­u­a­tions in my life. Some­times lyrics are like scar tis­sue. Some­thing hap­pens and I put it down on pa­per. That’s my way of pro­cess­ing everything, so when I feel like I fuck­ing hate a per­son, and that hap­pens quite of­ten, some­thing forms in my mind and I use Satanic im­agery to ex­press that.”

Draw­ing par­al­lels be­tween Satan’s mytho­log­i­cal pow­ers and acts of evil in the real world is not a new idea, but Od­cult do it with such glee­ful, ex­plo­sive vigour that the songs on Into The Earth make suc­cumb­ing to ne­far­i­ous forces sound like an ab­so­lutely bril­liant idea.

“I see me and my friends as the fallen an­gels,” Coffe notes. “It sounds cheesy, but ev­ery punk rocker or met­al­head feels like they’re seg­re­gated from so­ci­ety to some de­gree, so maybe there is a di­rect con­nec­tion to the Satanic side of things. I’m not a Satanist, though… but we do love Satan, ha ha!”

Gear­ing up for ex­ten­sive tour­ing across Europe this au­tumn, Od­cult are hop­ing to reap the re­wards of their own unerring pas­sion for gi­ant riffs and balls-out rock­ing. They may not be fully paid-up mem­bers of Lu­cifer’s le­gions, but they’re cer­tainly rais­ing Hell.

“It blows our minds that three guys in a base­ment in Swe­den can reach peo­ple all over the world with our mu­sic. We just wanted to play some­thing full of en­ergy, some­thing that came from the heart. We wanted to play rock’n’roll and some­how it just hap­pened, so we want to push this as hard as we can.”

Od­cult: time-travellers spread­ing the word of Lu­cifer

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