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Aarni : Bathos

We've been waiting for about two years, but now the moment is finally here. Master Warjomaa and his band of Werry (Mo)Wen (inverted letters courtesy of Doomintroll) have been at it again and made a whole album of new musick (spelled with an extra 'k' to prevent confusion with the more mundane 'music').

And what unholy conjurations this way come. More than an hour of unconventional music with a metal core. Perhaps these new pieces are somewhat less prone to placement in the doom sector, but they are certainly no less interesting than the material on previous releases. The songs in general are estranging, folkish, psychedelic, ritual, sometimes doomy, and always interesting. Guitar is still the main instrument used, but the flute comes into play now and then as do the keys and some other features. The vocals are also highly varied: some growls, some low dirges, some fragile clean voices, some whispers.

It's safe to say the the instrumentarium is extensive, as are the lyrical influences. Much information about that can be found at the Aarni weblair at http://www.aarni.info. But then there are the musical influences... Although the music is highly original in itself, the artist who is not influenced is very rare. Naturally influences are present here too, but again not from the most predictable directions. Throughout the album you can find musical references (real or imagnied by yours truly) to artists as diverse as: Current 93, Joe Satriani, The Doors, Tenhi and Nest. All that should give you an idea of what we're dealing with here.

But the album also raises many questions. Such as: How trippy can artwork with pussycats and mushrooms get? Do I keep the cool questionnaire to read now and then for fun or do I bury it and see what happens? Why does the Antichrist live surprisingly near where I live? Do I really want these answered?

Whatever the answers may be, Aarni always manages to make me think about a great many things and that may be one of its strongest points. Not only the music or the lyrics, but the whole multi-media material surrounding the band is interesting. Just read some of the interviews or things on the website. Whatever it may be, it's never dull.

But back to the subject. I think I have made it clear that there is a lot you can get from this album, and I urge anyone who's not afraid of something different to go out and get it. To finish off, the best way I can think of to describe this album is a famous Dutch expression (my apologies to all you non-dutchies): "Een beetje vreemd, maar wel lekker." [editors note: The dutch expression means something like: "a bit odd, but very tasty", which would be quite an appropriate description.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. *
2. Squaring the Circle
3. Quinotaurus (Twelve Stars in sight)
4. Kivijumala
5. V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
6. The Thunder, Perfect Mindfuck
7. Mental Fugue
8. Niut Net Meru
9. Kesäyö

* In latin letters: "Oneiroskopos".

Duration : Approx. 62 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-2004 by Oscar Strik
No God Only Pain
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