Algaion were one of my favorite bands from Sweden, but also one of the most under-rated and unknown, being almost totally overshadowed by the sweethearts of the Swedish scene; In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, etc. Algaion offered a slightly different edge than the run of the mill Gothenburg sound, offering something a bit more bleak, a bit more dark, and I loved it.
Presented here is their 2nd and last full length album. "General Enmity" was a huge departure for the band, but may be my favorite release of theirs, period. It is like no other record I have heard, but still sounds very Swedish.
The band recently reformed (who hasn't?) and signed with Pulverised Records, and are planning another full length. Although Algaion may be fairly unknown, the members have been in some other well regarded bands such as Octinomos, The Abyss, Morifade, Vergelmer and others. Metal luminaries Peter Tagtren, Frederik Soderlund and Havard Ellefsen, better known as Mortiis, have all been a party to Algaion in one form or another.