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Experimental/Post Metal

3.91 | 19 ratings

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4 stars A long journey to the impenetrable minds of six genes, so you could comment on the entire discography of ATROX, Norwegian band, which today represents one of the spearheads in the metal edge.

For a first listen to this "Contentum" we see that the Norwegian proposal for these is at least unusual: continual changes of time, carpets of double bass drum, guitars and bass that often express themselves in complicated solos and, above all, a singer, Monica Edvardsen capable of weaving vocal lines allucinanti hallucinated and hours trying to take notes very high (almost the whistle) lower hours, all done with a theatricality found in no other singer I have heard so far happened. Musically, the platter is quite compact, though inside you may see many instrumental digressions that, unlike what happens in other groups, further enriching a sound of its already well-supplied, and the compositions are all, or almost built in an atmosphere cold and sad, almost autumnal, even if occasionally make their appearance of the most schizophrenic, which is glimpsed the desire to change direction towards more solar beaches, such as abundant in the six minutes of the opening track " Air sultry ", most likely the song, along with" Lizard Dance " less melancholic disk.

On the other hand we find pieces full of tension as the second "Unsummoned, desperate in his slow gait, which lies perfectly the painful voice of Monica, which omits the lines of his typical cameo or" chameleo sung, in favor of a more attentive to the emotional side of music. Even on these coordinates was "Letters To Earth", a beautiful black pearl, which do not leave our room for thoughts of freedom, building a piece claustrophobic absolutely "closed" that leaves no breathing space. Of course in this trip you can also find more pieces of "way" or at least non-specific, such as "Panta Rei (Gather In Me No More) ', lunga suite of 10 minutes, closer to the progressive all'avantgarde schizzoide not met so far, that plays on and rhythmic changes of atmosphere, using mainly the length, or "ignoramus", the piece easy-listening (even if talk of easy listening seems pretty risky to me) of the lp. Technically, the album has such structures as particularly complex, the musicians will show all technically trained and demonstrate without fear of tripping in pointless exhibitionism, thanks to a song-writing level enviable.

zeparus | 4/5 |


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