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Experimental/Post Metal

3.55 | 129 ratings

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3 stars Love or hate?

It amuses me that after 30 prior ratings/reviews Idmen has only one 3-star rating. I guess that qualifies it for the tag of a "love/hate" album with folks on both sides expressing themselves accordingly. From my perspective the music lies somewhere in between these ratings, Idmen being an album that perfectly exemplifies the 3-star rating at PA. Not a "poor" album, not strictly "for fans", but not quite an "excellent addition to any collection" and certainly not an "essential masterpiece." When I first listened to samples of Idmen I was blown away and thought perhaps I was listening to something profound. This impression did not hold up after spinning the full album over time. I am not someone put off by the ingredients in the Indukti stew, I can appreciate heaviness, experimentalism, harsh vocals, and dark themes. But I need it to go somewhere more interesting, offer more variation, and push some emotional buttons somewhere inside of me. Indukti has never done the latter much for me on either album, and on this one succeed less well on the two former points. A cacophonous wall of endless oppression, where the variable components are pleasant but sometimes seem like arbitrary afterthought. There are moments on "sansara" and "aemaet" where I nearly have to scream "alright, we get it!" I personally feel they over-utilize the heaviness factor and thus reduce its effectiveness. Sometimes that works but in this case it struggled to remain interesting. On the upside, I recognize the talent of the individuals and appreciate some of what they are trying to do here. I believe people should hear the work and decide for themselves if this is compelling or simply gut-crunching tedium. "Ninth wave" is the longest track and my favorite of the set, showing a nice progression from a peaceful beginning of birds and acoustic guitars to the unsettling trumpet ushering in a shift of mood, then slowly the heaviness descends like a thunderstorm until we are in Tool territory. The storm breaks past midpoint again and we are treated to nice violin and trumpet, though the threat of the heaviness is never far removed. This is a pretty inspired and thoughtful track, but I don't believe it is sustained enough through 63 minutes for a higher rating. While some great moments are found within, too much of the album just hangs on me like wet clothes, the moods being a place I can appreciate but the expression of those moods only occasionally pulled off with success. Fans of Susar should appreciate this one as well, expect Idmen to be a sludgier, more complex, longer, and darker affair. I just wish I could say it was a significant improvement, instead, it's a sideways drift in terms of overall quality. A true mixed bag.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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