|After four years of silence, MÜL stirs in the darkness and slowly awakens. Knut Farstad has managed to keep the thread which has run through most of his five previous releases. Because, like its predecessors, 'Rites of Doom' is a heavy slab of abstract doom/drone that, for some reason, is too unorthodox to be familiar and yet too familiar to be unorthodox. At such an absurd level one no longer needs fluent motions between stages, and indeed it often happens that the music doesn't bother with any feeble attempts towards coherence amongst the anti-syntax. To really grasp what I'm trying to say further down in the review then you really should download the album first and then continue reading. You'll find it for free here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5ciuxlzfzyz|
This forty-five minute long weave is, as before, strongly influenced by doom/death bands. The developments here include a slight turn towards the more modern Firebox sound (e.g. Colosseum and Depressed Mode), but that is far from a satisfactory explanation of the current sound. In fact the multitude of different elements included in 'Rites of Doom' is so vast that it's hard to include all of it, but I feel that an attempt is needed. The guitar tuning in itself has a "twoing" in it which often lies hidden amongst the more straightforward riffage, in effect creating a subliminal feeling of a twist which you cannot really put your finger on. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you haven't heard the album yet.) The riffs vary between chugging, dragging and charging. Minor elements which I find in the music reminds me of bands and projects as divergent as I Dream No More, Aarni, Paul Chain, Gordian Knot I Drowned In A Stream Of Mourn, Arcana, Nest, Cervix, Methadrone, Fallen, Primordial, Ayreon and many more. The explanation of why I hear these similarities would have been very, very long. Let's just satisfy ourselves with that it's an excellent example of how diverse MÜL really is. In fact, it seems to me that this diversity is expanding...
I once again have to commend Knut for granting his music to people for free. Sure, there's probably many who will find it too complex for their liking. They might even consider the incoherence to be a bad thing. Personally I don't find that to be a problem. 'Rites of Doom' is more like an archaic recipe to end the world. Before you can really appreciate it's beauty you'll need to take the time to figure out the non-linear language it's written in, and then you need to allow your mind to slowly expand so the otherworldly knowledge can fit inside it. Then finally you need to understand the appropriateness of such a recipe, no matter whether that means one approves of it or not. As such MÜL is in the same league as Methadrone, but I consider MÜL to be the more complex and demanding of the two. If you have the patience and curiosity that it takes to truly appreciate advanced music, then you might want to give this a try.
3. Cracking of Walls
4. The Shell
5. Rites of Doom
Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.
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