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Aarni : Demo 2001 + Promo 2002



This 2-in-1 re-release was originally released in 2003, but it was again re-released in 2005 after a remastering the same year. However, the remastering didn't change the sound much besides making it all sound less 'demo-ish'. It is also worth noting that the 2005 remastering got a slight facelift on the cover. It sports two different Aarni logos rather than just one like the 2003 cover does. Not that much of a difference there either, but I thought I'd point it out since no one else has.

'Demo 2001 + Promo 2002' showcases the birthyears of the one-split-personality project called Aarni. While one clearly hears the tentativeness with which these tracks were made, in them the uniqueness and avant-garde which is Aarni still flows free and unobstructed by genre constraints. What has since been released in the name of this project has progressed far from this beginning, and that says quite a lot in itself when you realize how unique the first attempts were. Indeed, Aarni is to doom metal as the experimental classic artists (e.g. Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky) were to their own genre.

The first four tracks came from 'Demo 2001' and the four following ones from the promo called 'Duumipeikon Paluu'. The cover says nothing about where the two bonus tracks are from and they are on no other official Aarni release. They follow a style which fall close to the tracks on the 'Aarni/Umbra Nihil Split', which has less of a traditional doom/doom-death fuzz to it. Instead they are clearer and ever so slightly more atmospheric, with an equally slight tendency towards funeral doom. Still, the occult mysticism has not dwindled a bit. While the first track is a 1 minute 19 second long experimental track in a fashion familiar to Aarni fans, the second one have kept the strong progressive doom sound from the demo era. From this description I would guess that these two tracks are leftovers from the recordings for the split with Umbra Nihil.

This re-re-release was sold out long ago, but in 2008, after being renamed to 'Double Demo' and again remastered, a third re-release came to life. It seems that they will keep being re-released as soon as the surplus empties. That should be a relief for just about all doomsters who might fancy something unorthodox. It is a pity, though, that the two excellent bonus tracks do not seem to be part of either of the other two re-releases. If Aarni were a normal band then those tracks would have been the album sellers; they're that good. Likely it is the fact that the other Aarni tracks excel even above them which has forced these two into hiding. Therefore I claim that this particular re-release is of must-have value for any Aarni fan.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
1. Black Keyes (of R'lyeh)
2. Persona Mortuae Cutis
3. Metsänpeitto
4. Myrrys
5. Lampaan Vaatteissa
6. The Weird of Vipunen
7. Transcend Humanity
8. Reaching Azathoth
9. [bonus track]
10. [bonus track 2]

Duration : Approx. 69 minutes.

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Reviewed on 05-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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