Title: Gjennom meg går ingen til hvile
Release Date: 21 January 2022
Format Reviewed: High-quality digital recording
From Norway I bring to you Minneriket.
The band started in 2014 and the first release was out in 2015. The band is composed by Stein Akslen. After a bit of research about this musician, I found that he is a scholar in the history of religions. He has contributed to a research report about domestic terrorism in Norway July 22nd 2011, and mainly works with old mythologies and contemporary alternative spirituality.
His music has been featured on several underground compilation albums, as well as in independent short films. His visual art has also been featured in the booklet “Inherent Darkness”. The info was taken from Metal Archives.
Before I started to listen to this album I decided to listen to the previous releases in order to try to understand them a bit the band.
But let me stay and just comment, or try, this album.
The album is divided in 10 songs and all the songs are different but at the same time equal.
Well, I mean, that they are bound to each other.
The band is moving inside the Black Metal music style with some orchestral touches, some neoclassical and progressive music mixed.
All these were possible, at least in my opinion with all the guests present in the album. To be honest 17 session members as it says in the promo email that I got.
The mix is well done, it’s a strong one, it was very well thought all the elaboration of the songs. Congrats on that.
The change of tempo is a constant thing in all songs, in some more than others but still a constant. In my opinion, this makes the album very varied and never boring or uninspired even if sometimes not in the best way.
I mean, I’m talking about music, not my taste.
the album is a journey, it’s a kind of path but, for sure I couldn’t understand it at first or I will never understand to be honest. So, I just let the song consume me and lead me through the atmosphere created.
Was a good journey, a journey that was on repeat, some feelings, ideas, or sensations were the same while listening to the album, but every time I played the album new ones appeared and that was an amazing journey.
But at the same after several journeys/played times, the sensation of emptiness was growing a bit. Something was/is missing in this album to fulfill me. And the conclusion I arrived at or reached was so simple and I only notice it in the last 2 or 3 times I played the album, was missing some aggressiveness.
The melody, atmosphere, the instruments, the arrangements, the sound production, the variety of tempos, the structure of the songs, voices… All together were hiding it so well.
Congrats on that. Well done.
I’m satisfied with what I listened to, I did enjoy the album, I will listen to it more times in the future that is for sure but at the same time, I have to say, is not an album that I can listen to every day or every week. I need to be in the right mood for it. I give 8.5/10 The key Keeper 666
8.5/10 To Greatness and Glory!
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