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The 3rd and the Mortal : Memoirs

Remember that atmospheric Doom-metal band with the wonderfully warm female vocals by Kari, the very same band which, through the years, has changed direction, moving towards soundscapes, and slowly losing all their ties and connections to Doom-metal and Metal in general? After their last vocalist, Ann-Mari Edvardsen, left the band (now in Tactile Gemma) news surrounding The 3rd and the Mortal petered out. All we had to go on for a long time was one trip-hoppy sample/video fragment of 'The City' on their official website.

After more then a just a few years - five if you want to nit-pick - of absence, The 3rd and the Mortal is back with a new album. The album features songs recorded over the course of the last four years and because of the lack of a steady vocalist, features five different vocalists, both male and female.

Musically they have evolved even further than they did on, 'In this Room'. 'In This Room' would these days perhaps be described as Post-Rock, whereas 'Memoirs' is a lot more electronically-based with a liberal dose of trip-hop elements. The music is still very atmospheric, but they don't paint such elaborate soundscapes anymore. The songs are more compact and also because of the different vocalists form rather distinct entities rather than one long atmospheric flow.

The quality of the vocalists differs, but overall I think they picked talented people whose voices fit the music. It did strike me that the female vocalist on the first few tracks sounds a lot like Ann-Mari. I wonder if the band picked her because of similarity?

Of course this album has nothing to do with Doom-metal, or metal at all for that matter. Still, however strange this might sound, whilst having changed 180 musical degrees this album still retains that typical The 3rd and the Mortal feeling. The progress feels natural and it remains out and out classic The 3rd and the Mortal.

All in all this of course is something only for those of us who also enjoy electronic music. If the thought of samples, loops and scratching in favour of heavy guitars, rolling drums and pounding baselines frightens you, skip this one.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Zeppoliner
2. Good Evening Mr. Q
3. The City
4. Reflections
5. Thin Dark Line
6. Fools Like US
7. Those Of My Kind
8. Simple Mind
9. Spider

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

Visit the The 3rd and the Mortal bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Forever Autumn
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