Reviews by Jason Guest
Here at Midlands Rocks, we’ve been fortunate enough to get our hands on a couple of impressive releases from Temple of Torturous in the recent past – Total Negation’s Zur späten Stunde | Zeiträume and Echtra’s Sky Burial. And so now, Temple of Torturous have bestowed upon us two more impressive releases. Both from Germany, we have the sophomore albums from experimental black metal duo Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit and the one-man atmospheric black metal project of Fyrnd, Fyrnask. Two very different albums from very different bands, both offer very different depictions of what lies beyond our pale impressions of existence…
Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit – Vertilger
German experimental black metal duo Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit are certifiable. That they are free to roam amongst us is testament to the failure of the world’s psychological institutions to correctly diagnose and provide adequate care for those that are, shall we say, “challenged”. The sonic insanity of album number two from this deranged duo is the soundscape to a severe mental breakdown, the demise of rationality, of the relationship between the cogito and the corporeal, and the collapse of experience constrained within an erroneous discourse. An amalgamation of spasms of sound, infected noise, intense and festering electronics, twitching and convulsing guitars, chaotic drumming, and the salivating and tormented vocals of dribbling discontent, the sixty three minutes that make up Vertilger will have you licking the walls of your padded cell.
No melodies, no structures, no songs – at least in the orthodox sense – Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit have seized upon whatever it was that music is held to be by even the most Avant-garde of composers and torn it to shreds. Euphoric in the expulsion of music’s inner demons and the need for structure, this album is a harrowing and a cathartic experience. Obliteration is its objective – of convention, of reason, of cognition – and obliteration its realization.
Definitely not for the faint of heart or those in search of “the next big thing”, veering as far from the predictable as is (in)humanly possible, this is a test well worth enduring.
8 out of 10
- Multirformale Leiberdimension
Fyrnask – Eldir Nótt
German one-man band Fyrnask’s debut album, 2011’s Bluostar was an ambitious piece that was nothing less than astounding. Deeply atmospheric with opulent textures and the consistent threaten of annihilation and elation as its undercurrent, the album pushed black metal further into experimental territories and introduced founder Fyrnd as a musician adept at fusing ambience and atmosphere with black metal to create something distinctly innovative and intriguing. And with album number two, it appears that Fyrnd’s skills as a musician and composer are on the ascent.
Ritualistically intense, Fyrnd’s skills of orchestration are apparent throughout the album. Unpredictable, unorthodox, and always intense and liberating, the peaks and valleys of this fifty three minute journey are as striking as they are curiously soothing. Melancholic and demonic, the album has sense of operatic grandeur with its monolithic sounds colliding with wave upon mounting wave of black metal ferocity and its ever-illustrious textures unfurl. Tranquil in its cloistered spaces with contorted melodies and atmospheric passages in perpetual collision, Fyrnd’s aptitude for combing the disparate into a ritualistic and otherworldly experience are outstanding.
Like Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit’s Vertilger above, Eldir Nótt functions as a piece that becomes more for its individual parts each unfolding as the album progresses allowing its totality to take shape.The challenges of Fyrnask’s Eldir Nótt, while still possessing as much an abrasive edge as Vertilger, tend more toward the contemplative and meditative akin to Echtra’s Sky Burial. And as with both that album and Vertilger, Fyrnask’s Eldir Nótt is a journey worth taking.
8 out of 10
- Suonnas Sedir
- Samas Stigr