Harmonies and a catchy tune await us for the first song "Foe" then the next song leads in with a piano that follows throughout the song, there is some great work here and we are only at song #2.
This is another band that I have not had the pleasure of hearing before this album they had a previous release in 2011 that was a hit for them in the underground circuits.
The absolute pinnacle of their career, this far, is however “Coal” – the brand new album which willbe released on May 20th, 2013 in Europe and May 28th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic. “Coal” was produced by Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne together with
LEPROUS and mixed by Jens Bogren as well as mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Kreator, Opeth, Symphony X; etc.). Vocalist and synth-player Einar Solberg comments on the approach for the release by stating: "Being
under hard pressure with a feeling of having a huge mountain to climb in a very short time,
releases a kind of wild and untamed energy in you. Free of the boundaries of others expectations,
with loosened chains of your calculating brain. Only then can you walk one step closer towards the ultimate honesty of your unique expression”, before reflecting to add: “With “Coal” I feel we are one step closer to this honesty. In this recording process, a lot of the choices we made were based
upon impulsiveness. However, when you are lucky enough to have inspiring and skillful producers around you, they can help you to reach these completely honest layers of your subconscious. If you are too rehearsed, too sure about what you will do, it is hard to retrieve this musical spontaneity
you had when you originally composed your part. If you manage to press the record button exactly when you perform with this kind of energy, you have succeeded to catch something pure and true.”
And when asked to explain the new material’s nature a bit more in detail, Solberg neutrally replied: “I see less interest in defining music than in creating music, but I will give a short overview on what to expect. “Coal” is a more melancholic and darker album than the more playful “Bilateral”. By darker I don’t mean more aggressive, but more severe. There is still a big range in the dynamics, but no jumping between different moods within a song."
This is some incredible music being played and hopefully they will tour Canada one day I would love to see this performed live."The Valley" is well over eight minutes long and fantastic stuff.
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