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Skumring : De Glemte Tider

Skumring is a young Norwegian band, playing in what could be considered a distinctly Norwegian tradition that began in the early 1990's with The 3rd and the Mortal: heavy melodic doom with clean female lead vocals. Because most bands with female singers generally also tend to have a lot of keyboard and violin and whatnot, the thing Skumring are doing is something you don't hear so very often anymore.

'De Glemte Tider' [english: The Forgotten Times] is the official release of the band's 2004 demo, with brand new quality artwork and production. A look at the number of tracks and the total length should tell you that you're in for some lengthy songs. Well, that's right, all three clock 12+ minutes, the title track being the longest with 18+. As I indicated, the style is really slow doom metal with a female lead and excellent acoustic guitar playing by Vàli as support instrument. The mood of the album is, what else, very melancholic and sad, and this is very well expressed through the melodies. Another nice thing are the vocals, which carry that distinct lowish accent of lyrics sung in Norwegian, which can also be heard on, for example, Funeral's 'Taarene' or Thorr's Hammer's 'Norge'. Some highlights of this generally very good album are the heavy up-tempo banging part in 'De Glemte Tider' and the solo in 'Søvn' [Sleep], which is very reminiscent of that on Pantheïst's 'Don't Mourn'.

This brings me to the part of this release which I like less. A lot of the melodies and chord progressions are a little too deja vu-inducing. Many are the times when you think, "this is nice and doomy, but I've heard this a lot of times before." Additionally, the lyrics are also on the cliché side, though this will go unnoticed by non-Scandinavians.

However, if none of this bothers you, don't hesitate to check this album out. Although not terribly original, the execution is excellent, and Skumring are a welcome addition to the doom underground, if only for adding some heaviness and quality to the host of melancholic/romantic doom bands around.

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 ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
Aesthetic Death
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