September 17, 2008

Solefald - In Harmonia Universali

Band/artist - Solefald
Genre(s) - Experimental (black) metal
Origin - Norway
Album - In Harmonia Universali
Year of release - 2002

Hey Jim! You still there? Got a little something here you'll most probably enjoy. This is the closest to "blackened avant-metal" that I have and know of. Solefald's latest two albums were more viking metal-orientated, if quite unorthodox, but In Harmonia Universali (bought it on a whim in Italy once, expecting something, uh, quite different) is the epitome of only the most progressive avant-garde experimental post-black metal. Somehow it has a very Renaissance-like feel to it even though the sound is quite modern: very tight playing style, with lots of heavy, angular palm-muted guitars and catchy, if unexpected hooks. A large role is reserved for the very well-sung clean vocals, as well as for such ungrim instruments like the grand piano, the saxophone and (oh, joy!) a genuine Hammond organ. It's all in all more avant-garde than it is blackened, but without getting cluttered up in weirdness for the sake of weirdness. Every song has its own mood and its strong points, and the album harbours many surprises and secrets that you really should be discovering on your own. So get to it!
  1. Nutrisco et extinguo
  2. Mont Blanc providence crow
  3. Christiania (Edvard Munch commemoration)
  4. Epictetus and irreversibility
  5. Dionysify this night of spring
  6. Red music diabolos
  7. Buy my sperm
  8. Fraternité de la grande lumière
  9. The liberation of destiny
  10. Sonnenuntergang im weltraum
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