|Before I start writing this review I want you to ask yourself if you like epic and beautiful guitar work. If you do then go here: http://www.ergnoor.de - This demo and Erg Noor's second one are both available there for free download. If you are into beautiful music then it's almost guaranteed that you'll like this. |
The name Erg Noor is apparently Dutch for "terribly norwegian". I don't think the name fits the band very well as it's neither terrible nor has it any musical associations with scandinavian culture. [edit by author: It turns out that the name actually refers to a person from the book Andromeda Nebula.] There are the occasional double bass drumming and some growls present, but most of the time the music is rather calm, epic and beautiful. The band also uses a church organ and aucoustic guitars to fill out the music and create a very rich sound. But most important is the stunningly beautiful guitar work which just keeps on taking the music to ever greater levels of epicness, far beyond the point where the hair rises on your arms.
This is one of those CDs that really captivates the listener and especially those of us who enjoy playing air guitar. The secret might lie in the relatively simple riffage which focuses on creating a perfect aura rather than technical prowess. That and the fact that the rich sound backs it up very nicely. I also think that the music gets even more interesting because the band doesn't sound like any other melodic death/doom bands, and then especially not like My Dying Bride. The closest one would perhaps have to be Majesty or Ningizzia as they both play very epic doom/death as well.
By now the MP3's should have been downloaded. I know they can be a select taste in one way, but in another way these guys have a sound that fans of all kinds of doom will like. What can I say? This has to be last year's most promising new band.
Duration : Approx. 48 minutes
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