A new chapter for the Swedish punks
With an intro torn straight from Savages’ sketchbook of super-bleak landscapes, ‘Forever’ marks an impressive evolution for these brash Swedish punks. Last year’s debut was a skeletal affair borne of nihilistic boredom. This follow-up provides depth and texture that were previously absent, while retaining that greyed-out angst that made their first album so thrilling. Like their sonic brothers Iceage, they’ve evolved without losing their edge. The guitars and synths sound optimistically richer, but the doomed message remains: “This is the end of the believers”, drawls Andreas Lagerström on ‘Wolves,’ with a conviction that leaves you fearing for the future.