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Skumring : Demo 2004

It surprises me that I have yet to hear of any band which follows in the footsteps of The 3rd and the Mortal. So when I heard samples of Skumring's music and recognized everything that I loved about early The 3rd and the Mortal, I jumped at the opportunity and got hold of one of these demos, which are sadly limited to just 100 copies. As a very welcome bonus the music has the heaviness that I always found lacking in The 3rd and the Mortal's music.

The name Skumring is Norwegian for "dusk". And just like The 3rd and the Mortal, the band is indeed Norwegian too. All the lyrics are in Norwegian, and for those of us which understands them, it's safe to say that they fit the music far better this way. The female vocalist named Cecilie, has the same serene voice that the more famous Kari Rueslåtten has (The 3rd and the Mortal's vocalist during the doom releases). In fact, they're so similar I don't think I'd be able to tell the two apart based on the voice alone.

But the music itself proves that Skumring is not completely The 3rd and the Mortal influenced. Although Skumring undeniably follows in their footsteps, they bring in some other influences as well, like the heavy riffage and rawer sound of another Norwegian band, Funeral. This and a little of their own creativity creates an utterly depressing mixture. In fact even during the one and only fast paced section on the demo, on the second track, 'De Glemte Tider' (translated as "the forgotten ages"), the music still feels very sorrowful.

The lyrics on the album contain the wish of ending ones life, portrayed through emotions, metaphors and images of nature. 'Søvn' (translated as "sleep") in particular contains a lot of expressions of a nocturnal winter setting. Probably the most depressing track is the third one, 'Forførelse I Natten' (translation: "seduction in the night"). Its emotions of silent despair are numbing, until the final point at which the words tell how agony can be left behind. The wait is over. It's time to be happy in a better place, somewhere outside this life...

This is probably one of the most touching and impressive releases that I ever have heard. It also seems to me that they are more than capable of creating more good music like this. So all fans of beautiful melodic doom with female vocals, and more specifically fans of The 3rd and the Mortal, pray that this promising young band stay doom and create more of this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Søvn
2. De Glemte Tider
3. Forførelse I Natten

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes.

Visit the Skumring bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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