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Knived to death...,
This review is from: Knive (Audio CD)
Ambient music and drone have been taken so many places in the past ten years, this is definitely one of the best stop-offs.
Knive is a very very claustrophobic and atmospheric doom album in essence. Yet it's doom with the heavy metal element entirely stripped out of it. Imagine if bands like Khanate or Sunn O))) came from a classical rather than black metal background...
Svarte Greiner (aka Erik K. Skodvin) makes use of cello, field recordings, percussion, guitar and voice to fantastic effect. The dread, foreboding and imminent horror permeating from these collective sounds is tangible. It's definitely suitable as a really creepy horror fillm soundtrack. When listened to intently in the dark at a decent volume it's actually quite frightening. Cello weaves in and out of creepy scraped effects and the odd wash of reverb drenched vocal. Ostensibly, the tracks have no structure or obvious crescendo and are seemingly random but they're incredibly well put together and thought out to eek out your very nerve endings.
The first track is brilliant; a sparse rhythmic motif provides the backbone for the track whilst oscillating guitar, cello and subtle percussive effects trickle over the top. All whilst a lone crow calls every so often.
Ullsokk is also worth mentioning; it's by far the shortest track at 1min but it's definitely the most uncomfortable. A faint squeaking accompanies creepy pattering effects but they've been recorded and mixed in such a way it seems as though rats are scampering just behind your forehead, incredibly uncomfortable feeling!
It's a fantastic album and most definitely a very pleasant surprise for me at least. If very dark soundscapes are your cup of tea then scoop this one up immediately, some of the most transcendental music I've heard in a long time.