Johnossi, a seemingly unusual choice for a publication that specialises in rock and metal, but all the same the Swedish duo are renowned for their adaptability and their fifth studio album Blood Jungle is no different.
Maintaining their unique framework of blending pop, rock and elements of dance Johnossi have continued to expand on that and, with Blood Jungle, create something that is going to please die-hard fans as well as open the gates to new ones.
There is very much a sense of freedom about this release, that the band has more creative control over the process than perhaps others. This is evident in the way the album flows, often place a track such as ‘Hands’, a more thought provoking song that requires a greater degree of thought, immediately after ‘Air Is Free’, a track that warrants less thought and more letting lose.
This is the case throughout the entire album, one that will continue keep you guessing as to what will comes next. This isn’t necessarily an advantage, as it does sometime feel as though the pace staggers somewhat, and while this is only a minor complaint, it is noticeable on first listen at least.
In regards to stand out tracks ‘Weak Spots’ is one well worth hammering the ‘repeat’ button over. If Johnossi’s mission statement could be summed up in one track, it would be this – A perfect combination of the elements upon which they have made their name.