Terrible name, good premise. Friday the 13th has to be the most horribly cliched and resultantly bland name conceivable, the norse spin / vernacular take on the name grabs as much attention to the perusing punk as an endorsement from the Smiths down at 24 Aviary Avenue. However if life has taught us anything we should never judge a book by its cover nor by its title, because these Swedish riffaholics have a great knack for intrigue, alloying classic Swedish D-beat with the more wieldy rock influences. Its not punk-rock though, or at-least not by my understanding, because its soul deep in Scandipunk territory, calling it punk rock would diminish too much of what it is in favour of too little of what it really defines it. By my calculations if you can bend your minds to think of something like Wolfbrigade by way of Poison Idea you shouldn't be too far off the margin.
This exclusive supposition of punk and rock is an exotic marriage like to grab attention, and song writing delivers it in the strongest of terms, piecing together various kaleidoscopic shards that range from full throttle scandipunk steamrolls, leading guitar sections in familiar faces of punk or rock, to more sensitive ethereal dithers and a special onus on those shout along sections; all choreographed into one climatic and kinetic mesh, each phase etched into the other making for each song one continuous arching thrust of majesty. It should be of little surprise in conformity to the Scandinavian modus operandi production values are like to cause envy amplifying every resonation of string, drum-skin and vocal chord to a fine and distinct point, spaced far enough apart to make each part audible in its own right, but close enough for collusion. For a genre that is named after a drum beat (D-Beat), I generally tend to find drums fall into the backdrop and guitars dominating the foreground amongst the pristine and clean shaven D-Beat ventures, but in the instance of this release I found drums to have a more equal standing, more often than not the songs felt like a group undertaking rather than "I have just found an awesome progression of riffs, write a drum pattern to follow them" type of process.
If Swedish D-Beat / Scandipunk is your choice of poison, the added spice of rock and roll may just be the extra kick you have been looking for.