It’s not exactly clear what exactly happened during the four-year period after Hjaltalín‘s last album, Terminal,in 2009.
What is clear is that their new record new record – Enter 4 – is the sound of a band reborn.
Reading between the lines it seems that the Icelandic band’s frontman Högni Egilsson almost went crazy, literally. There is talk of time spent in and out of mental institutions.
As any student of rock knows, madness can act as a creative spur to greatness as well as being a destroyer of talent.
Thankfully, it seems that this experience Egilsson has inspired him to cut the bullshit and write songs of soul bearing honesty.
As my my review in Whisperin’ & Hollerin’ says, the album is not without its flaws but it is a huge leap forward for the band.
Watch the video for Crack In The Stone to get a taster: