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2.47 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Neurosis (10:54)
2. From the Depth of Memories (4:14)
3. The Meadow (5:55)
4. Vavonia (part 1) (2:20)

Total Time: 23:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Ann-Mari Edvardsen / vocals, keyboards
- Finn-Olav Holthe / guitars, keyboards
- Trond Engum / guitars
- Geir Nilsen / guitars, keyboards
- Bernt Rundberget / bass
- Rune Hoemsnes / drums

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THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL Nightswan ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (27%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL Nightswan reviews

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Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars Finally something to listen to from these guys that doesn’t make me want to eat a bullet. A disclaimer though – I don’t personally own this album, and probably won’t ever buy it. I borrowed it and a couple others of these guys just to see if they had anything more tolerable than the thoroughly depressing Project Bluebook. Turns out this is pretty depressing too, but musically is much more adventurous and interesting than anything else I’ve heard from the band.

First off, the band opens with “Neurosis” which promises to be more of the same kind of meandering neo-goth dismal stuff the band seems to favor. But for the first time I’ve heard they finally show where the ‘metal’ label comes from, as there are a number thundering guitar-and-drum blasts scattered about to prove they are actually awake and not conducting a sťance or something. The rest of this track is mostly of that sťance stuff though, with no real lyrics; just some ghostly moaning and interminable slow passages with guitar noodling and plodding drums. The metal passages make this bearable, but only just.

“From the Depth of Memories” starts off with a guitar riff that reminds me of an Explorer’s Club album I heard a while back, but vocals that are closer to Nightwish. Like the band’s other albums the vocals are the one of the few high points of the album, as Ann-Mari Edvardsen has an almost operatic and seductive timbre that keeps things mildly interesting.

The lyrics on “The Meadow” are Norwegian I guess, very somber and almost whispered for the most part. This is more like Project Bluebook, with nearly monotone keyboards that barely raise the bars on my equalizer and a few scattered guitar chords. This sound like a mournful cry for help amid a bad dream, and never quite seems to gain any momentum. Good stuff if you need a soundtrack for a wake I suppose.

Finally comes “Vavonia (part one)”, although there’s not part two as far as I know. Maybe on their next album. There’s not much to distinguish this from the previous track except the short dead space between songs, and a little bit of a climax about three minutes in. The purpose of this completely escapes me.

So this is a little better than anything else I’ve heard from the 3rd & the Mortal, but not by much. If there was even one solid track I might be tempted to give it a low three stars, but there isn’t so this one gets two stars like most of their other recordings.


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