Vokonis The Sunken Djinn Review





Sweden’s
Vokonis,
Simon Ohlsson (guitar/ vocals),
Jonte Johansson (bass/backing vocals) and
Emil Larsson (drums), made everyone sit up and listen with their debut ”
Olde One Ascending” the album stormed the ”
Best of 2016” lists of many of the stoner/doom scenes makers and shakers as well as appearing to take up permanent residence in those monthly lists of current listening and good taste ”
The Doom Charts“. This year the band are back with a brand new album ”
The Sunken Djinn” and a brand new label ”
Ripple Music” so be prepared for history to repeat itself.

Title track ”
The Sunken Djinn” begins with a wash of sound, guitar chords and bass lines reverberating over a backdrop of pummelling percussion before the band fall into the songs main riff, a refrain that constantly ascends and descends and is enhanced by
Ohlsson’s clever use of colour and texture and is buoyed by
Johansson’s throbbing bass lines and
Larsson’s pulverising skins and shimmering cymbals.
Ohlsson pours over this tumultuous barrage of heavy groove monotonic vocal tones his big, suprisingly clear bellows ,backed in places by
Johansson, a perfect match for the monolithic grooves beneath them.


Calling From The Core” follows, it’s dark, prog tinted intro segueing into a throbbing stoner metal groove pushed hard by
Johansson and
Larsson’s solid and tight rhythmic work.
Ohlsson here delivers his vocals almost in staccato fashion while at the same time crunching out dark shards of chordal riffage and ripping swirling guitar solo’s from his fretboard. A mix of prog-ish complexity and stoner metal brutality it is one of the highlights of the album.


The Coldest Night” begins with
Johansson’s bass thrumming out a devastatingly distorted motif around which
Ohlsson throws crunching powerchords then evolves into a low, slow to mid-paced stoner doom groove taken to the next level by it’s sheer intensity and unrelenting heaviness.


Blood Vortex” follows much the same path as the previous track but lifts the pace a few notches and sees
Ohlsson adding a little more aggression and anger into his vocal approach.


Architect Of Despair” sees
Vokanis embracing their doom side and hitting a blackened stoner groove with
Ohlsson’s now trade mark vocals booming over heavily fuzz laden riffage and pounding percussion, the guitarist/vocalist also throwing in a series of searing guitar solo’s


Rapturous” like ”
Calling From The Core” utilises touches of prog-like atmospherics and texturing to make its initial presence felt and like that song slowly builds into grizzled riff-fest of bellowed monotone vocals, crunching refrains and thunderous groove.


Maelstroem” closes the album in a whirl of taped effects, backward guitars and noise and is exactly what its title suggests it is.


Vokonis, have not sat idle bathing in the glory of their achievement with ”
Olde Ones Ascending“, these hairy purveyors of the raucous and heavy have returned with an album that not only matches the intensity and heaviness of that album but one that it surpasses it.

Check it out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones






Sweden’s
Vokonis,
Simon Ohlsson (guitar/ vocals),
Jonte Johansson (bass/backing vocals) and
Emil Larsson (drums), made everyone sit up and listen with their debut ”
Olde One Ascending” the album stormed the ”
Best of 2016” lists of many of the stoner/doom scenes makers and shakers as well as appearing to take up permanent residence in those monthly lists of current listening and good taste ”
The Doom Charts“. This year the band are back with a brand new album ”
The Sunken Djinn” and a brand new label ”
Ripple Music” so be prepared for history to repeat itself.

Title track ”
The Sunken Djinn” begins with a wash of sound, guitar chords and bass lines reverberating over a backdrop of pummelling percussion before the band fall into the songs main riff, a refrain that constantly ascends and descends and is enhanced by
Ohlsson’s clever use of colour and texture and is buoyed by
Johansson’s throbbing bass lines and
Larsson’s pulverising skins and shimmering cymbals.
Ohlsson pours over this tumultuous barrage of heavy groove monotonic vocal tones his big, suprisingly clear bellows ,backed in places by
Johansson, a perfect match for the monolithic grooves beneath them.


Calling From The Core” follows, it’s dark, prog tinted intro segueing into a throbbing stoner metal groove pushed hard by
Johansson and
Larsson’s solid and tight rhythmic work.
Ohlsson here delivers his vocals almost in staccato fashion while at the same time crunching out dark shards of chordal riffage and ripping swirling guitar solo’s from his fretboard. A mix of prog-ish complexity and stoner metal brutality it is one of the highlights of the album.


The Coldest Night” begins with
Johansson’s bass thrumming out a devastatingly distorted motif around which
Ohlsson throws crunching powerchords then evolves into a low, slow to mid-paced stoner doom groove taken to the next level by it’s sheer intensity and unrelenting heaviness.


Blood Vortex” follows much the same path as the previous track but lifts the pace a few notches and sees
Ohlsson adding a little more aggression and anger into his vocal approach.


Architect Of Despair” sees
Vokanis embracing their doom side and hitting a blackened stoner groove with
Ohlsson’s now trade mark vocals booming over heavily fuzz laden riffage and pounding percussion, the guitarist/vocalist also throwing in a series of searing guitar solo’s


Rapturous” like ”
Calling From The Core” utilises touches of prog-like atmospherics and texturing to make its initial presence felt and like that song slowly builds into grizzled riff-fest of bellowed monotone vocals, crunching refrains and thunderous groove.


Maelstroem” closes the album in a whirl of taped effects, backward guitars and noise and is exactly what its title suggests it is.


Vokonis, have not sat idle bathing in the glory of their achievement with ”
Olde Ones Ascending“, these hairy purveyors of the raucous and heavy have returned with an album that not only matches the intensity and heaviness of that album but one that it surpasses it.

Check it out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones




Sweden’s
Vokonis,
Simon Ohlsson (guitar/ vocals),
Jonte Johansson (bass/backing vocals) and
Emil Larsson (drums), made everyone sit up and listen with their debut ”
Olde One Ascending” the album stormed the ”
Best of 2016” lists of many of the stoner/doom scenes makers and shakers as well as appearing to take up permanent residence in those monthly lists of current listening and good taste ”
The Doom Charts“. This year the band are back with a brand new album ”
The Sunken Djinn” and a brand new label ”
Ripple Music” so be prepared for history to repeat itself.

Title track ”
The Sunken Djinn” begins with a wash of sound, guitar chords and bass lines reverberating over a backdrop of pummelling percussion before the band fall into the songs main riff, a refrain that constantly ascends and descends and is enhanced by
Ohlsson’s clever use of colour and texture and is buoyed by
Johansson’s throbbing bass lines and
Larsson’s pulverising skins and shimmering cymbals.
Ohlsson pours over this tumultuous barrage of heavy groove monotonic vocal tones his big, suprisingly clear bellows ,backed in places by
Johansson, a perfect match for the monolithic grooves beneath them.


Calling From The Core” follows, it’s dark, prog tinted intro segueing into a throbbing stoner metal groove pushed hard by
Johansson and
Larsson’s solid and tight rhythmic work.
Ohlsson here delivers his vocals almost in staccato fashion while at the same time crunching out dark shards of chordal riffage and ripping swirling guitar solo’s from his fretboard. A mix of prog-ish complexity and stoner metal brutality it is one of the highlights of the album.


The Coldest Night” begins with
Johansson’s bass thrumming out a devastatingly distorted motif around which
Ohlsson throws crunching powerchords then evolves into a low, slow to mid-paced stoner doom groove taken to the next level by it’s sheer intensity and unrelenting heaviness.


Blood Vortex” follows much the same path as the previous track but lifts the pace a few notches and sees
Ohlsson adding a little more aggression and anger into his vocal approach.


Architect Of Despair” sees
Vokanis embracing their doom side and hitting a blackened stoner groove with
Ohlsson’s now trade mark vocals booming over heavily fuzz laden riffage and pounding percussion, the guitarist/vocalist also throwing in a series of searing guitar solo’s


Rapturous” like ”
Calling From The Core” utilises touches of prog-like atmospherics and texturing to make its initial presence felt and like that song slowly builds into grizzled riff-fest of bellowed monotone vocals, crunching refrains and thunderous groove.


Maelstroem” closes the album in a whirl of taped effects, backward guitars and noise and is exactly what its title suggests it is.


Vokonis, have not sat idle bathing in the glory of their achievement with ”
Olde Ones Ascending“, these hairy purveyors of the raucous and heavy have returned with an album that not only matches the intensity and heaviness of that album but one that it surpasses it.

Check it out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones



Sweden’s
Vokonis,
Simon Ohlsson (guitar/ vocals),
Jonte Johansson (bass/backing vocals) and
Emil Larsson (drums), made everyone sit up and listen with their debut ”
Olde One Ascending” the album stormed the ”
Best of 2016” lists of many of the stoner/doom scenes makers and shakers as well as appearing to take up permanent residence in those monthly lists of current listening and good taste ”
The Doom Charts“. This year the band are back with a brand new album ”
The Sunken Djinn” and a brand new label ”
Ripple Music” so be prepared for history to repeat itself.

Title track ”
The Sunken Djinn” begins with a wash of sound, guitar chords and bass lines reverberating over a backdrop of pummelling percussion before the band fall into the songs main riff, a refrain that constantly ascends and descends and is enhanced by
Ohlsson’s clever use of colour and texture and is buoyed by
Johansson’s throbbing bass lines and
Larsson’s pulverising skins and shimmering cymbals.
Ohlsson pours over this tumultuous barrage of heavy groove monotonic vocal tones his big, suprisingly clear bellows ,backed in places by
Johansson, a perfect match for the monolithic grooves beneath them.


Calling From The Core” follows, it’s dark, prog tinted intro segueing into a throbbing stoner metal groove pushed hard by
Johansson and
Larsson’s solid and tight rhythmic work.
Ohlsson here delivers his vocals almost in staccato fashion while at the same time crunching out dark shards of chordal riffage and ripping swirling guitar solo’s from his fretboard. A mix of prog-ish complexity and stoner metal brutality it is one of the highlights of the album.


The Coldest Night” begins with
Johansson’s bass thrumming out a devastatingly distorted motif around which
Ohlsson throws crunching powerchords then evolves into a low, slow to mid-paced stoner doom groove taken to the next level by it’s sheer intensity and unrelenting heaviness.


Blood Vortex” follows much the same path as the previous track but lifts the pace a few notches and sees
Ohlsson adding a little more aggression and anger into his vocal approach.


Architect Of Despair” sees
Vokanis embracing their doom side and hitting a blackened stoner groove with
Ohlsson’s now trade mark vocals booming over heavily fuzz laden riffage and pounding percussion, the guitarist/vocalist also throwing in a series of searing guitar solo’s


Rapturous” like ”
Calling From The Core” utilises touches of prog-like atmospherics and texturing to make its initial presence felt and like that song slowly builds into grizzled riff-fest of bellowed monotone vocals, crunching refrains and thunderous groove.


Maelstroem” closes the album in a whirl of taped effects, backward guitars and noise and is exactly what its title suggests it is.


Vokonis, have not sat idle bathing in the glory of their achievement with ”
Olde Ones Ascending“, these hairy purveyors of the raucous and heavy have returned with an album that not only matches the intensity and heaviness of that album but one that it surpasses it.

Check it out …..

© 2017 Frazer Jones



Sweden’sVokonisSimon OhlssonJonte JohanssonEmil LarssonOlde One AscendingOlde One AscendingBest of 2016The Doom ChartsThe Doom ChartsThe Sunken DjinnRipple MusicRipple Music


The Sunken DjinnOhlsson’s Johansson’sLarsson’sOhlssonJohansson
Calling From The CoreJohansson Larsson’sOhlsson
The Coldest NightJohansson’sOhlsson
Blood VortexOhlsson
Architect Of DespairVokanis Ohlsson’s
RapturousCalling From The Core
Maelstroem


VokonisOlde Ones Ascending

Source: Desert Psychlist