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Album of the day: Dordeduh – Dar de Duh

Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Following the glorious rise and tumultuous split of Negura Bunget, many were left wondering what was to be. Negru’s continuation of the band — call them Negura Bunget 2.0 — was quick to report back with Virstele Pamintului, a full-length that wore the name proudly and left no question that Negru contained much of the original band’s talents. But what of Sol Faur and Hupogrammos, the other two thirds of Romania’s favorite black metal sons, and their project Dordeduh?

For their full answer –because they presented the Valea Omului EP in 2010 – we would have to wait two years. It now arrives in the form of Dar de Duh, a sprawling, majestic near-masterpiece of folk-inspired black metal that not only confirms the existence of two great bands where we once had only one, but presents a true spiritual and aural successor to the original Negura Bunget’s timeless OM.

Where Dar de Duh surpasses Virstele Pamintului (and shows that 2/3 is truly greater than 1/3) isn’t through any drastic amount of innovation or change, but by how natural it feels. There is little variation from the atmospheric, extremely skilled, and multi-instrumental music that was established with N’Crugu Bradului and OM.

Folk themes, malevolently harsh and heavenly clean vocals, expansive compositions, soaring melodies, and moments of pure cold still dominate the proceedings, but there is a slightly different way that the two bands are presenting these threads. Negru and NB 2.0 nail the feel and execution of this sound, leaving little doubt that they deserve to carry on the name, but there was something about Virstele Pamintului that felt slightly forced (just slightly), as if they felt pressure to uphold the name they kept. On the flipside, Dar de Duh is the sound of a band that has this music deep in their veins, and can effortlessly will it into being.

Much of this comes from the quality of the compositions and studio work, but a ton of credit also has to be given to the new backing band that Sol Faur and Hupogrammos have assembled. Flavius Misaras (bass), Gallallin (keyboards) and Ovidiu Mihaita (drums and percussion) exhibit every bit as much skill for the material and tendency for nuance as their predecessors, breathing life and detail into many of the album’s smaller moments. (Like the original Negura Bunget before them, Dordeduh does soft better than most metal bands do loud.)

Alin Drimus of Martola also returns to provide wooden flute and kaval, adding tones both playful and sorrowful, depending on what the song and particular passage demand.

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Album of the day: Enslaved – RIITIIR

Posted on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Enslaved has officially entered rarified territory, or rather, they did a while ago and just keep reaffirming it. Their consistent dependability would make a sub-stellar album not just disappointing, but downright shocking. Opeth at least eased us into the half downer that was Heritage with […]

Album of the day: Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: When news came out that blackened French masters Blut Aus Nord would be unleashing not one, not two, but a full trilogy of albums within a short time span, the skeptics immediately started crying foul that they couldn’t possibly have that much staggering material ready. […]

Album of the day: A Forest Of Stars – A Shadowplay For Yesterdays

Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: I’ve never enjoyed strip joints. Sometimes I wonder how and why I’m wired this way, but it seems there’s some shit that people are expected to love, things I reflexively resist. My particular synapse sequence means I’m quite stoked that my buddy chose his sister […]

Album of the day: Eagle Twin – The Feather Tipped The Serpent’s Scale

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Something I find very appealing about Utah’s Eagle Twin is the fact that there’s not another band currently kicking around that sounds quite like them. I’ve seen them lumped alongside a handful of other droning sludgers, which I suppose is fair, but this duo truly […]

Album of the day: Reino Ermitaño – Veneración del Fuego

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Seems as though you can’t take three steps these days without hearing or reading about the prevailing topic of ‘women in metal.’ Sure, they’ve always been in the overall picture — albeit heavily outnumbered — but never before has their presence received more comprehensive attention […]

Album of the day: Ihsahn – Eremita

Posted on Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Art moves, or it dies. While never fully escaping the shadow of history, while always subject to what Harold Bloom called the withering ‘anxiety of influence’, art is an ellipsis, not a period. Art cannot rest at speaking the words “There we are”; it must […]

Album of the day: Panopticon – Kentucky

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: People are not rootless. Even economic migrants, or a generation born in exile, or the war-displaced, or an endless diaspora, or the homeless – all retain a sense of place that shapes their identity, even if – or perhaps especially if – that place is […]

Album of the day: Confessor – Uncontrolled

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: Very few bands or artists in any form of music can claim to be truly unique. Some break new ground and some expand upon the work of others, contract it, distort it, or merely replicate it; some fit into a small niche with only a […]

Album of the day: Scott Kelly / Steve Von Till / Wino – Songs of Townes Van Zandt

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Review: The simple fact that this record exists is all kinds of awesome. (How’s that for unbiased journalism?) Years after his death, Townes Van Zandt remains an underrated figure. He’s found some success in the country music world – his ‘Pancho & Lefty’  was a big […]