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Review: Solefald – Norrønasongen – Kosmopolis Nord

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Solefald – Norrønasongen – Kosmopolis Nord
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Solefald
Norrønasongen – Kosmopolis Nord

Side A
1. Norrønaprogen
2. Det Siste Landskap (An Icelandic Odyssey Part IV)
3. Norskdom

Side B
4. Norrøna: Ljodet Som Ljoma
5. Songen: Vargen

Released: October 27th, 2014
Indie Recordings
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I’m ashamed to say I’ve only just listened to the new Solefald EP. I suppose my love and adoration of them is slowly but surely dwindling away and this album seems to be the perfect piece for mourning what passion I once had. I feel lost and broken without the Solefald I knew, but I suppose it was inevitable to one day experience this. Everything must grow and change.

It’s wonderful to see how much the music has matured over the years but the lack of raw chaos just reminds me of the bitterness of growing up. Everything is too serious, too clean, too dull. That childish artistic wonder has gone and instead replaced by that feeling of crushing melancholy you only truly experience as an “adult”.

Norrønasongen: Kosmopolis Nord has left me feeling empty and I’m not sure what to do.

The EP is by no means bad, in fact it is a beautiful piece of work – it’s just that on a personal level I don’t find myself particularly gripped by it. If you enjoy some slow paced and easy to listen to folk then this is ideal for you, at times it reminds me a lot of Hardingrock’s Grimen but with a noisy Germanic twist with Mari Skeie Ljones’ harding fiddle playing almost as perfect as Knut Buen’s. I’m sure this EP will find a place in my heart over time, but for now I can’t lie that I am a little bit disenchanted by it. It breaks my heart to feel this way, I’m Sorry.

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REVIEW: Absent Heat – End Of Material Life

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End Of Material Life

1. Desabafo
2. An Abstract Feeling Part. II
3. Drowned in the Sea of Hope
4. Astral Monotony
5. Memórias Enterradas
6. Windwalk

Released: 5th January 2014
Rigorism Production

 

 

Here we have 6 tracks of poorly produced pure misery, just what I want from some Depressive Black Metal. Absent Heat is a one man project hailing from Brazil and it certainly stands out among the mass of South American Black Metal that seems to be making a stand among the scene.

Black Metal to me has always been about atmosphere and Absent Heat is not lacking in such, my only problem is that it can become overwhelming and a bit stale when every track is just a massive blend of slow paced whining guitars.

The track “An Abstract feeling Part. II” showed a lot of promise, every few seconds it would build up ready to throw at you some harsh riffs and howls of despair, but alas nothing came from it, just repetition of the same chord over and over again for 5 minutes. This isn’t a problem for a stand alone track, but it hardly differs from the rest of the EP. Drowned In The Sea of Hope, Memorias Enterradas and Windwalk are three songs that thankfully break that recurrence. Within a few minutes Omar Lobato is smashing into my eardrums with vocals that could drive even  the rightfully dubbed “Happiest Man on Earth” Matthieu Ricard to slash up his wrists and jump off a cliff. Annoyingly though by the time I found myself really getting into brutality of it all, the entire structure of the songs would jump into some very out of place samples and noise, they’re not bad and they have a place in the music, they just didn’t really flow.

Overall I’d say the EP is soul crushing and drowning in anguish, it’s very lovely in that aspect and well worth checking out. Hoping to see more from this guy in the future as there’s a fuck load of potential here.

6/10

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