|Every time I listen to this album, I am left feeling empty and hollow. It drains me, sucking the will to live out of me. It is one of the very few albums that change how I physically feel. In short, the 67 minutes of this recording are devastating. It is quite logical then, that this would be released by NULLL records, home to the most painful musical projects I have had the pleasure to hear, the most relevant in this case, being Beyond Black Void, particularly in the lead guitar work, which at times sounds almost identical to 'Desolate'. However, Solicide stands firmly on its own ground. |
The opener, 'SINtflud (Dag Der Gramschap)', pretty much defines the rest of the album, starting with a very long, drawn out intro, featuring a plodding and repetitive synth melody winding its way like a lost soul, through the torrents of rain which open the album. After some minutes, the actual track crashes in, demolishing everything in path with a tidal wave of extreme doom, supported by a massive undercurrent of bassy drones and timpani thunderclaps. I should at this point, mention the vocals. They are brilliant. Unlike most funeral doom, where they are impossibly deep growls buried somewhere in the mix, Solicide takes the other path and sticks them out front where they show their full power, perfectly complimenting the atmosphere invoked. 'The Memory And The Monolith' picks up where 'SINtflud...' left of, though at a faster pace, a march of death if you will, with the very, very noticeable organ, which sounds breath-taking and quite majestic, much like that of Skepticism. Whilst this is the shortest track on the album, it's nothing to sneeze at, clocking in at over 17 minutes of despondency and despair. However, the last track is the highlight. This is where Solicide really takes on a sound of it's own, rather than sounding like a mix of several other prominent bands. This is most noticeable in the vocal style, which sounds like eastern temple chanting/meditation, or something. I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly, aside from superb, as it offsets the music beautifully. I also really love the cymbal and timpani work on this one, it sounds a lot more punishing as they crash in more intermittently and disjointedly than before, creating a skull-numbingly heavy sound that I love, especially when it starts shaking everything in the room.
Seriously, anyone even remotely interested in funeral doom should check this album out. Whilst it is not a masterpiece (barring the last track, which I worship), Solicide manages to create one hell of a cold and saddened atmosphere, something that must be heard to be believed.
1. SINtflud (Dag Der Gramschap) *
2. The Memory And The Monolith
3. Le Royaume Des Ombres *
1. The Deluge/the sin-flood (day of wrath)
3. The kingdom of shadows
Duration : Approx. 67 minutes.
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