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  • Wilbur Teegrus

    This song has like 2 riffs over the course of 7 minutes. Also, the vocals are terrible and monotone. I agree with your score.

  • I think I’d rather have another “mythical creature raping a dolphin” picture rather than this wishy washy “ooo look they might be kind of cute and fit metalheads, mistery!” promo shot. Fits the music’s nondescriptness though.

  • Wilhelm

    I think this sounds pretty good, nobody complained when Burzum or Bathory used the same riff for 9 minutes although a bit more diversity (like at the very end) would have given the composition some more strength.

    • I don’t know, I think Burzum or Bathory had more personality and “bite” in those riffs as repetitive as they where.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      Varg has the compositional chops to pull that off though. To me this all sounded like pretty mediocre ideas taken nowhere for a long time, a qualm I don’t have with Burzum and Bathory. Glad you found some enjoyment here though!

    • tomasjacobi

      I think this album is a solid 3/5. I pre-ordered the CD and received it yesterday. After a few plays I definitely like it more than the reviewer.
      Also, why is this singled out for the vocals; they sound fine to me.

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        I’m glad you found enjoyment in this. The packaging is pretty nice looking too, so if you dig this that seems like the way to go! The vocals really didn’t work for me, and managed to put me off the music even further. Given that I like Varg’s pre and post prison vocals just fine, I think the execution was what didn’t work to my ears as opposed to the concept.

        • tomasjacobi

          Well, you should just try and have great taste in music like me :-)

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            If disliking this album is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!

  • I dont hear any Deafheaven in this, and it is well played and pretty icy. I think you clowns just hate Deafheaven and hate black metal.

    Is it Winterfylleth? Fuck no. But it isn’t “1.5 = Bad” either.

    Your “subjective scrotal mass happy go lucky” commenter,

    -Testiklees

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      It’s no Winterfylleth, yes. It’s also no Kjeld, Acherontas, Drowning the Light, or Amestigon either; Those bands (excluding Winterfylleth, because Divination… came out last year) released very good to great black metal records in 2015.

      Never argued that this is well-played (besides the awful vocals), but boring stuff played well is still boring and therefore bad. I’m honestly surprised you didn’t hear Deafheaven similarities here though. Did you listen to the full record or just the posted track?

      • Thatguy

        Boring stuff played well – that’ll be Gazpacho…..

        Sorry, I know I’m a dick

      • tomasjacobi

        I really don’t hear the Deafheaven either nor any hints of indie rock for that matter.
        I think this is straight up Ulver worship; I mean their name is Vargnatt for crying out loud!

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Their prior EP Durch die Stille was much more Ulver-y than this and a better record overall, in my opinion. Outside of their approach, I don’t hear nearly as much Ulver as I do gaze/post/indie stuff and Deafheaven, minus the main riff of the title track. The Ulver and Burzum influence sounded a lot more superficial than substantial to me.

      • Posted track. Is the rest of the record out for general public listening? Link?

        • Heard it on eisenwald ‘s bandcamp. I’m on the phone so I owe you a link

          • Much obliged folks, testiklees is pleased.

  • OzanCan

    I am commenting solely from the embedded song; the track begins very promising at first, but the vocals killed me :/
    1.5 is no-brainer…

  • Doomdeathrosh

    Seems they wanted to cover their eyes in the band pic (and some more), and may I just say “OUCH!”….the idea isn’t bad but the execution is

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I am pretty sure indie rock’s central genre tenet is that it sucks

  • Thank you!

  • Krzystov

    Loved how you referred to Moonlover as “the blogosphere’s temporary token exotic darling.” Well said. But, to change the subject, there is definitely from time to a DH resemblance on this album, but when they separate themselves from that, I found there were pieces which were often very dark and enjoyable. Unfortunately, though, not enough.