Solus – Solus (Album Review)

Hungary’s Solus send strong, expressive and melancholic signals through a charming black metal/ambient channel. The project is led by an instrumentalist and vocalist who goes by D, and he’s capable of treating our ears to some tasteful melodies. Solus’ self-titled release hit the scene back in 2015, and there’s a lot to enjoy here.

The first track, “Visszatérés,” is like a slow descent into nothingness. Along the way, we meet dim shades of sorrow and despair. The backbone contains satisfying strumming and the pulse of the percussion. A few desperate lamentations give a voice to the melancholia.

“Világok közt vándorló” arrives next. We’re introduced to blast beats and more aggressive vocals, showing the varied tricks Solus has up its sleeve. Emotions are heavy on “Elfeledett utak,” and glorious tones float within the track’s scowling expression.

The beginning of “Az örök körforgás,” sneaks up on your ears with a little mystery and a touch of evil. That’s all right because that’s what we need at that point in this album. The rest of the track parades its low spirit, and it eventually ends up along the outskirts of the next song; you can tell from the start of “Path of Wisdom” that it’s simply delectable. Heavy guitar riffs fall down from a sorrowful place. There is something effective in the drumming, which keeps a steady beat throughout the majority of the song. “Lebegés” ends the album with an experimental mood, creating an abysmal plane.  Its presence grows and swallows the listener.

“Solus” is a fine take on the black metal/ambient style. The tough, standoffish personality of black metal is present. At the same time, mists of tone and emotion seem to be longing to spark confrontation. I am infatuated with “Path of Wisdom” (a surefire remedy for life’s miserable moments), and I highly recommend it. Only five other tracks are found on “Solus,” but they leave a lingering impression. Trust something here will speak to the very core of you.

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“Solus” Album Artwork

 

 

 

 

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Nornír – Urd

Germany’s Nornír have a new EP out, and it’s called “Urd.” It’s promising up-and-coming black metal that’s decked with a Scandinavian design. I get the feeling we’ll be hearing more from Nornír in the future. Here are the members: Angrist is on guitar. Søvn plays bass. Drums are handled by Farliath. Front-woman and guitarist, Lethian, gives us viciously powerful vocals.

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I invite you to explore the workings of “Urd.” What will become of us after this harsh, brewing storm? Let’s begin:

The EP opens its door with “På den andre siden,” and a blast of intense instrumentation instantly crashes into us. Meet the fiery tremolo picking and the heated, tormented screams. It’s the perfect delivery of disaster, and the woeful melody makes it even more charming. What other presence  could be lurking nearby? It’s “Winterthrone.” Stripped and magnetic, this track seems to sweep through and draw onlookers into the pits of an eternal suffering; the guitar-work feels blunt and commanding—traits that make black metal the addictive concoction that it is.

Even though “Above the mountains” begins with a sallow vibe, the rest of the song stirs up a hurricane of drums and thorny guitars. We’re given a farewell through “På denne siden,” where heightened melodies give voice to revelations of humanity’s mysteries.

“Urd” seems to have reached through ages to bring these zesty four numbers forth. Frosty riffs, rabid percussion and raw vocals are what have made the EP so attractive. Walk “Urd”‘s charred valleys and look to its ominous skies, and be renewed.