Sörskogen "Mordet i Grottan"Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2005 @ 7:12pm » permalink
Sörskogen was a regrettably short-lived side project spearheaded by Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth, with some help from Dan Swanö (from Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, and a million other amazing bands), centered around the basic sound of lush, laidback 70's progressive rock – and going so far as to sing all of the lyrics in Swedish (quite a nice touch, I might add). It's been stated that they only recorded one song together, but I'd put money on the fact that I've read in various sources over the years that two to four songs were originally laid down. Sadly only one, "Mordet i Grottan" (which translates to "The Murder in the Cave"), was leaked around on the internet, and it seems that the others were indeed lost forever. I was holding onto a clip of this track for years (I believe I first heard it in 1998 or 1999, but I can't find any solid documentation as to when it was actually recorded) before I finally scored the full-length version a couple of years ago… and hot damn is this one beautiful track. But then again, I would expect nothing less from the union of two of my favorite songwriters of all time! I mean, let's face it, Swanö is an outright musical goldmine, so to toss him in as a backup for the chief visionary of what is probably the single greatest metal band of this age? Where do I fucking sign!?
That they never properly released the Sörskogen sessions causes me great physical pain. I flipped out in a major way when I first heard this song, and it still moves me to this day. The vocal work is impressive, but the fucking solo? Shit, I can't get over it. Astounding. How can people this talented so nonchalantly treat such amazing music as some sort of random afterthought that's not viewed in a very serious light!? I mean, hands down, this composition is simply brilliant. The chorus was recycled with altered English lyrics and some additional instrumentation in Opeth's "To Rid the Disease" off of the "Damnation" album, but that's probably about all anyone can ever hope for as far as anything wearing the Sörskogen name actually seeing the light in fully developed form.
A damn shame, but at least this track survived to be thoroughly enjoyed by many…