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Ved Buens Ende


Experimental/Post Metal

4.22 | 83 ratings

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5 stars It´s hard to do justice to such a classic album but I will try. First of all I would like to comment on some of the things said in the biography of the band here on Prog Archives.

Ved Buens Ende does not translate into At the end of the rainbow ( people might think this is any rainbow) like it is said in the biography. It translates into At the end of the Bow, which is a reference to the Bifröst rainbow in Nordic mythology. secondly it is said that because main man Carl-Michael Eide ( drums, vocals) drafted new drummer Einar Sjursø from his project band VIRUS he is now able to concentrate on playing guitar and singing. There is a whole other reason for this change. On the 26th of March 2005 he plummeted from a five-story building in Oslo. Severely injured, he underwent two major operations immediately after the event. Carl-Michael Eide would spend the next 18 months in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics as part of his recovery. He is now paralized in both his feet and ankles and thus cannot play drums. This is a classic example of black metal madness, and I wanted this to be in the review for you to understand who wrote this music and what it meant to them and to some of us. Carl- Michael Eide ( aka Czral) also played in the progressive and very innovative black metal band Dødheimsgard and before his time with Ved Buens Ende he played drums in Satyricon.

Ved Buens Ende also include bassist Hugh Steven James Mingay( aka Skoll) who played with bands such as Fimbulwinter, Ulver and Arcturus. The last in the band was Dødheimsgard´s Vicotnik on guitar and vocals. All very known musicians in the Norwegian black metal community.

The music on their sole album Written in Waters is not classic black metal though, which is of course why they are included on the Prog Archieves. The music is in black metal territory though, and some riffs are closely related to traditional black metal while others sound like early Voivod. It´s pretty simple music even though the structure of the songs are very untraditional and there are many riffs in each song. The overall mood on the album is that of sadness and despair. Some parts are pretty agressive but it´s not the dominant mood here. There are some growling on the album, but mostly the singing is clean. It´s not beautiful singing though. This is done with a strange attitude. The tempo is mostly mid and slow but there are faster parts too. There are some parts that could be called repetitive but I think they underline the mood of the album. The production is kept pretty primitive but you can hear everything that´s being played.

I think this is a landmark album for progressive metal and therefore it is a masterpiece. I would recommend people who like this album also to get Dødheimsgard two last albums: 666 International and Supervillain Outcast as they have a similar experimental approach, which is not so strange since 2/3 of Ved Buens Ende plays in Dødheimsgard. For now Written in Waters is highly recommendable.

UMUR | 5/5 |


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