Underrated Norwegian avant garde black metallers SOLEFALD recently traveled to the nation of Tanzania to record their album, Kosmopolis. The band are no strangers to travelling to different countries to conjure up inspiration as they travelled to Iceland for the recordings of Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part 1 and Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part 2.
Check out this awesome video of Cornelius doing some recording with guest musicians:
By the look and sound of it, it looks like another interesting album from SOLEFALD!
After releasing his latest full length solo album Incomprehensible on The End Records in January 2013, ANDY WINTER (WINDS, AGE OF SILENCE, SCULPTURED) now returns with his first ever music video; an artistic collaboration by various talents in the realm of music, film and fashion.
Musically speaking, “Uncountably Infinite” is a stylistic departure from Andy Winter’s usual style of subdued and progressive art-rock. The sound takes on a more metallic edge with harsher and rougher tones, featuring a crunchy wall of guitars courtesy of Andy Winter himself, complimented by the vocals of Mirai Kawashima (SIGH), bass playing of Jason William Walton (AGALLOCH, SCULPTURED), drumming of Jan Axel von Blomberg AKA Hellhammer (WINDS, MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), and guitar solo by Donald Anderson (AGALLOCH, SCULPTURED).
Starring in the video is actress and burlesque dancer Tristan Risk, most recently featured in the cult horror film “American Mary” by The Soska Sisters.
Keyboardist/composer Andy Winter of WINDS and AGE OF SILENCE fame has a new solo album, Incomprehensible, which is available now via The End records. The album features an impressive roster of guest vocalists from MADDER MORTEM, AGALLOCH, GREEN CARNATION, EDGE OF SANITY, PECCATUM, BORKNAGAR, NOVEMBERS DOOM, and WINDS.
Also appearing are Jan Axel von Blomberg aka Hellhammer (MAYHEM, WINDS), Carl August Tidemann (WINDS, ex-ARCTURUS), Øystein Moe (WINDS, ex-ULVER), Don Anderson (AGALLOCH,SCULPTURED) and Mike Young (THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT).
Having continued his approach of always applying a very genre-defying style, “Incomprehensible” is yet another unmistakable and unique record from Andy Winter, and one that provides a different experience altogether when compared to anything else in metal, or indeed most music.
The always intriguing, fascinating, and wildly creative Norwegian duo, SOLEFALD, are back with another journey into Norwegian history. Norrøn Livskunst is absolutely bursting with substance and content to uncover and enjoy.
Musically, this is SOLEFALD doing what they do best – unique avant garde Norwegian black metal that always incorporates new sounds to stir the pot. Dynamics and diversity rule Norrøn Livskunst. Much of the lyrics are sung in a 1917 variant of Norwegian called “høgnorsk.”
The first curveball comes in the form of “Tittentattenteksti.” ANIMAL ALPHA/DJERV‘s Agnete Kjølsrud does an amazing job in creating this wicked, trollish, rhythmically rapid fire vocal attack contrasted against soothing ghostly vocals. Some will undoubtedly hate it while others will love it.
The weirdness doesn’t stop there. “Blackabilly/Stidsljod” follows with some of the weirdest lyrics ever (i.e. “Rockabilly mockabilly / Blackabilly burnin’ / Fuckabilly muckabilly / Whackabilly churnin'” and “Hey chilihead”) and almost children’s song vocal lines in the first verses by vocalist/guitarist/bassist Cornelius. But the song works very well.
“Eukalyptustreet” brings the bombastic madness to a halt with a mellow song filled with pianos and saxophones. There is a keyboard riff in the song that is absolutely epic and magical. However, the band teases the listener by only playing the riff once at a time during the song.
“Raudedauden” has got one of the greatest classic Norwegian black metal riffs this side of old DARKTHRONE plus a nimble fingered guitar solo courtesy of Vangelis Labrakis (MENCEA).
“Hugferdi” has an inexplicable wank lead guitar part that sounds like someone learning to play their wah wah for the first time. Very bizarre.
The band return to their epic An Icelandic Odyssey albums with the equally epic, “Waves over Valhalla: An Icelandic Odyssey Part III.” The song start off with the excellent lyric, “As the last god on Earth I ask for a whisky.”
Beyond what has been highlighted above, there is so much more to Norrøn Livskunst to be enjoyed like the fantastic arrangements and vocal performances by Lazare. While it may take a while to catch up to where Cornelius and Lazare‘s heads were at while creating this record, the journey is well worth it. As always, when you’re ready to graduate to a new level of eclectic, eccentric metal, SOLEFALD will be waiting. (The End Records/Indie Recordings)