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Old 12-03-2017, 02:24 PM   #311 (permalink)
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I promised Mondo that I would review Noosefiller's debut like... a year ago. I never did it because I was busy and 'cus Frownland is a nonce but I figure it's about time I man up to my word. Not only that, but their 2nd album is actually on Spotify now, so it's easier than ever to check it out Free Promo Here.



I want to begin by saying this sounded nothing like anything else I've heard from either artists before. I've listened to quite a few of Mondo's projects, and a fair few tracks by Frownland, but nothing that I feel really connects with what this thing is. Sure, it's weird as all ****. But the dissonance and experimentation ends up leading into some very strange yet equally enjoyable territory. Noosefiller attempts to be to black metal almost what Mr. Bungle is to... music? There are some absolutely outrageous synths on this thing that cause the album to switch from industrial black metal to straight up carnival songs. One of the biggest take aways from this album is that after all these years we finally have confirmation that Frown does indeed know how to play a guitar. Aside from that whoever they recruited to handle vocal duties did a very solid job and the album is varied enough to keep me interested in what I was hearing throughout the entirety of the project. For the best track I would probably choose Dimension Swarm, as the seven minute track serves as a non-stop chaotic thrill ride that doesn't lose it's edge through too much experimentation like some other tracks do.

All in all while this album didn't exactly blow me away, it was definitely an interesting listen and I enjoyed it enough to want to hear their debut. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, but if you like weird avant-garde black metal then you might find this album to be worth giving a spin.
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:54 PM   #312 (permalink)
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it was definitely an interesting listen and I enjoyed it enough to want to hear their debut.
I hope this isn't a common thing cuz if anything I'd hope it kept people away from the debut
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*epic guitar solo blasts into my face*

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Old 12-03-2017, 05:09 PM   #313 (permalink)
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is the debut that bad?
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:11 PM   #314 (permalink)
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TBH I was wasted when I liked the debut, but it's not nearly as whacked genre-wise as the sophomore album. So don't expect the same experience.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:03 PM   #315 (permalink)
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is the debut that bad?
hard to say really since there's barely anything distinguishable to behold. it's really more like noise music with drums
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:42 PM   #316 (permalink)
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I know it's not news to anyone around here, but I'm a Burzum fanboy and feel it is only right that I dedicate at least one post out of the month to one of the genres greatest acts. Rather than repeating my opinions on Varg's early albums and emphasizing just how important they were to the overall growth of the genre, I've decided instead to talk a bit about his later work, in particular his post 2010 era releases.

It is very common amongst black metal fans to refer to "early Burzum" as every thing from the self-titled debut up until 1996's Filosofem. You see, from then on not only did Varg become more and more of a controversial figure, but he also began diving deeper and deeper into the world of ambient music. Of course anyone familiar with his catalogue of music will know elements of dark ambient always surfaced during his early career, but it wasn't until the late 90s and onward that he began dedicating entire albums to crafting that sound.

For the sake of this month being based around black metal, we will ignore the ambient material, and instead focus simply on his return to the genre he helped create. In particular, I will be using this post to focus on 2010s Belus and 2011s Fallen, two albums which I believe are far too frequently forgotten within the dismissal of Varg Vikernes later material.

The first thing to consider when going into these albums is how both the genre and Varg have changed over the years. It would be a bit foolish to go into these releases expecting an album that sounds similar to Hvis lyset or Filosofem. The fact of the matter is Varg revolutionized extreme metal with his production style on the early material and also planted seeds for the future of atmo black metal. In these two albums, he is not looking to re-up on his ways of past, he is instead presenting a much more modern sounding atmospheric black metal effort without as much of an emphasis on raw production.

One listen to Glemselens Elv should give the listener a look into how Varg has evolved as a musician, incorporating some truly beautiful soundscapes into his song writing while staying true to those hypnotically repetitive riffs he has showed us time and time again.



On the follow-up to Belus, Fallen, you can find Varg experimenting with the production and looking to restore a little bit of that rawness from his earlier career. What is most interesting about this album is how it manages to take elements from both his early career and his last album, combining a rawer production style and some of his nastiest vocals yet with some lovely melodies, clean vocals, spoken word passages, and more. My favourite cut from this album is Jeg Faller, a track that almost seems to take a bit of inspiration from the DSBM scene.



I can understand that these albums might not appeal to everyone, but surely they are worth giving a listen and forming your own opinion on, rather than assuming they fall into the same category as the rest of Varg's later works.
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Fallen has a rawer production style? Wut? It's clean as ****, almost like a classical recording.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:18 PM   #318 (permalink)
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Fallen has a rawer production style? Wut? It's clean as ****, almost like a classical recording.
rawer than Belus yes
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