|The album opens with a track of just K. Rueslåtten singing in Norwegian without any instrumental backing. After being taken back to a mystical past by this great track the long, sorrow filled music they already proved to be masters of on 'Sorrow' kicks in on the next track 'Why so Lonely?'.|
Once again The 3rd and the Mortal paint a musical soundscape that touches the very soul. One only needs to close one's eyes to see the fjords of Norway and be projected back into a mystical land of unknown beauty and unknown sorrow.
Most of the tracks are in English but there are as you might have guessed also a few songs in Norwegian or as on the song 'Shaman' just chanting. Absolute highlights of this album for me are the tracks 'Salva me', a desperate cry of a (female) vampire to be released from her curse, and 'Song' on which K. Rueslåtten voice touches ones soul in such a way it is hard to remain unaffected.
The album ends with the epic 18 minute long track 'Oceana'. The extremely atmospheric and dreamy doom-metal The 3rd and the Mortal make might not be everybody's cup of tea, some might find it to simply be to mellow, but most open minded fans will definately be in treat.
This album however not only marks the departure of K. Rueslåtten, who now is enjoying a relatively successful career as a solo artist in Norway, but also marks the end of The 3rd and the Mortal as a doom-metal act. The albums after this one mainly focus on experimentation and creating even more dreamy soundscapes.
2. Why so Lonely?
4. Death Hymn
6. Trail of Past
8. Salva Me
10. In Mist Shrouded
Duration : Approx. 66 minutes
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