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SOLD OUT AP04 Darkenhöld "A Passage to the Towers" CD
by Administrateur Boutique Date Added: Friday 21 October, 2011
On : A couple of years ago, some musicians joined forces in order to pay tribute to the Old School of Black Metal. The trio did work together before in several projects - among which the Doom-band Etheryäl - so it did not seem that difficult to follow the same path with this newest project as from 2008 on.
A Passage To The Towers is the full length debut, mixed and mastered by Anorexia Nervosa’s Neb Xort (Drudenhaus Studio), written and recorded by Aldébaran (g, b, k, bv), Aboth (d) and Cervantes (v). The album lasts for more than forty minutes and comes with splendid Riddick-alike artwork and layout (by the hand of Metalex).
A Passage To The Towers opens with the intro A Passage, which is some acoustic Viking-chant à la Twilight Of The Gods (Bathory) (the natural sounds included!), yet Ghouls And The Tower, the first ‘real’ track, has (almost) nothing to do with any form of Wagnerian Folk-oriented epic – at least initially. Ghouls And The Tower stands for cold, grim and Nordic Old Style Black Metal with an extremely Scandinavian (especially Norwegian) sound and extremely Scandinavian (read: Swedish and Norwegian) melodies. Yet it does consist of some harmonious part as well, at the end (the harmony vocals), which indeed brings a project like Bathory to mind. Marble Bestiary, Citadel Of Obsidian Slumber, and several others, go on in the very same vein. Melodious and harmonious yet extremely grim, abyssal, icy and ominous Underground Black Metal in the vein of the early nineties, mixed with some epic interludes, occasional acoustics, magnificent yet modest keyboard lines, many changes in structure and speed, carefully performed solos and lead riffing, and some additional Pagan / Viking Epics.
Besides the intro, A Passage To The Towers consists of another short non-Metal piece: the atmospheric soundscape In The Crystal Cavern – yet unfortunately it does not add something to the album. It’s a point of rest, all right, yet that’s it.
The production is nihilistic, primitive, primal; it’s the kind of sound that goes perfectly well with… No, I apologize: it is the ONLY kind of sound that fits to such blackness!
Other angle: this stuff has NOTHING NEW to offer. Shitty or of no importance? In my case it’s the second opinion that rules, for Darkenhöld sound majestic! Simple (in all non-negative definitions) like that…


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