Famed poet, singer, and lyricist William Bruce Bailey1 once opined that “all we need is just a little patience.” Granted, dude is arguably the worst example of anybody having a zen-like stance when it comes to patience with… well, anything, but he does have a point. Going in a straight path from Point A to Point B, while gratifying, can be boring as fuck. It’s the proverbial journey, not the final destination, that people remember the most. What am I getting at? Diĝir Gidim, a relatively new two-piece hailing from parts unknown and featuring vocalist Lalartu of Titaan2, want to test your patience with their debut, the wordy I Thought There Was The Sun Awaiting My Awakening. Four songs, 48 minutes, with the shortest song being just under 11 minutes. Alright, let’s do this.

Since a one-sheet bio wasn’t included in the promo package, and their Facebook page is scarce, I glanced at their entry over at Metal Archives to dig up what I could for this review. With lyrical themes described as “Ancient Mesopotamia, Esoteric doctrines, Cosmology, and Philosophy,” I came to two conclusions. One, this will be an ambient, ritualistic experience, rife with atmosphere, and brimming with moments sure to send chills down your spine. Or two, this will sound like one of those millions of Deathspell Omega knock-offs. I pressed play, and #2 is the notorious victor. To be fair, though, multi-instrumentalist Utanapištim Ziusudra performs an admirable job behind the drums and on guitar, and Lalartu screams, hisses, sings, and preccccccioooooussses with enough variety and schizophrenic grandeur to keep things somewhat interesting.

The same can’t be said for the songwriting, however. Opener “The Revelation of the Wanderer” starts off promisingly, with a atonal chords, chants, and pummeling drums. It builds into an angular atonal riff/blast salad, with Lalartu growling and hissing while Ziusudra randomly riffs and drums away, sounding like Vindsval (Blut Aus Nord) without a sense of cohesion or purpose. The song possesses a multitude of change-ups and curveballs, but they rarely go anywhere. The biggest problem is that this song is easily the strongest of the entire album. “The Glow Inside the Shell” starts off strong, with Lalartu throwing in some bizarre hymnal singing to add an air of unease. But from 5:07-7:37 there’s this long lull of slow-paced fluffery that could have been shortened considerably. In fact, my favorite, most convincing section from I Thought is the final minute or so of closer “The Eye Looks Through the Veils of Unconsciousness,” where there’s weird, warm guitar fuzz that reminds me of Led Zeppelin‘s blasphemous work of blackened art, “Thank You.” It’s so sunny, so out-of-left-field, and so dreamy that I couldn’t help but make a face while it was playing. And then mercifully, the album abruptly ended.

I Thought‘s production also comes equipped with stock options. The drums sound like they were recorded in a cave, with the cymbals being brought to the forefront more. The guitars sound tinny and fried, and the bass… well, bass doesn’t exist here. Lalartu’s vocal histrionics blanket the entire production, burying any of the album’s few interesting passages. But the biggest problem lies in the construction of the songs themselves. A word of advice to all musicians (black metal or otherwise): before you commit yourselves to the construction of a 10-minute (or longer) song, ask yourself these questions. What is the purpose of the song? Does the message deserve that length, or can it be shortened to enhance the impact? And, most importantly, is the journey worth it? The reason I ask is just because you can write a long black metal song, it doesn’t mean you should if it goes absolutely nowhere, and I Thought is the sound of a ritual going in circles before imploding.

And with the change of the seasons, I Thought There Was The Sun Awaiting My Awakening melts into the earth with the same aplomb as icy slush in New England during April. I respect the capabilities of the duo, but I Thought didn’t leave any impact with me whatsoever. Maybe with some serious self-editing and thinking further outside of the box, Diĝir Gidim could create some esoteric magic. Until then, I’ll just stick with the source material.

 


Rating: 1.5/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label:ATMF Records
Website:facebook.com/DigirGidim
Release Dates: EU: 2017.03.31 | NA: 04.07.2017

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  1. Otherwise known as W. Axl Rose.
  2. Also hailing from parts unknown… what’s it with black metal musicians and professional wrestlers coming from mysterious lands?

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  • rumour_control

    “preccccccioooooussses with enough variety and schizophrenic grandeur to keep things somewhat interesting.” — a winner!

  • DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH

    Everybody knows “Patience” was written about how long it takes Axl to finally make it on stage…

    • Nag Dammit

      Or for Chinese Democracy to be released.

  • Necrocustard

    I do not want my riff/blast to be made into salad. It should be crafted into a tasty hotpot or perhaps a rendang! Charcoal-based cookery would also be acceptable.

    • [not a Dr]

      Just cook your salad on a charcoal grill. Problem: managed.

  • rumour_control

    More salad talk in AMGland. Who knew?

    • We’re very health conscious here.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        What about the fried guitars? How can that be healthy?

        • Grymm

          Depends if it’s with beef lard or coconut oil.

          BIG difference there.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            The kind of guitar being fried doesn’t make a difference? I mean, it can’t be the same frying a Stratocaster as frying one of those 8-stringers, right?

          • Nag Dammit

            I have 2 eight stringers and a banjo omelette for breakfast.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Country & Djenty

          • Nag Dammit

            I am a country djentleman after all.

  • Gaëtan Baratin

    Well, even if the review is overall negative, they have a never-seen-on-AMG-before-tag : “From Parts Unknown Metal”!

    It’s something.

    • Grymm

      It’s a mysterious island that houses masked black metal musicians and pro wrestlers with mysterious pasts.

      • [not a Dr]

        It happened again: I misread that as “pro wrestlers with mysterious pants”.

        • Gaëtan Baratin

          Haha, I read it wrong as well, but I thought it was “with mysterious parts”. Not sure which one’s the best…

  • John

    Great review Grymm. Laughed at work at the Zep comment. Off topic, any chance of a review of the “new” Slugdge album? It is a compilation per se of their albums, but seeing as they never got a proper review, could be cool.

    • Grymm

      Thank you, and not sure if it will get reviewed (as it’s a compilation of their prior work), but I’ve got my eye on that comp.

      They scratch that Hypocrisy/Anaal Nathrakh itch nicely.

  • Westpaceagle

    Yeah, this one is a dud. I am just going to throw this out there but Inferno (Czech black metal) has a release April 4th called Gnosis Kardias and I humbly submit that it deserves some ANY treatment, Grymm? Ferrous? Any takers?

    Inferno is dark, somewhat progressive/psychedelic occult black metal. Ambitious and excellent. They are very prolific as well. Ok, I’m done!

  • Feytalist

    Contender for most pretentious album name of the year?

    • You wot m8?

      “Contender?” Sir, we have a clear winner here…

  • Death_Black_Metal_Fanatic

    If you want to hear some top notch icy black metal, check out the new album “The Great Cold Steppe” by WINDSWEPT!! Best black metal album (and possibly the best album overall) of the fuckin year. Thank me later.

  • You wot m8?

    About goddamn time we got a poor album. March has left me stripped of much money, and further overburdened with t-shirts and heavy music.