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Hypothermia - Svartkonst (2015) - Review

Band: Hypothermia
Album title: Svartkonst
Release date: 15 May 2015
Label: Agonia Records

Tracklist:
01. Invokation
02. Svartkonst
03. Efterglöd
04. Regnvals
05. Vy

After years of silence the members of the shamanistic/ritualistic black metal project Hypothermia drops their long awaited album. Hypothermia features in the line-up members of Lifelover and Kall and is probably best known as an underground band from Sweden among the darker kinds of people. The singer Kim Carlsson is notoriously known for fronting Lifelover since its very birth, a project I would feel more at home with. Nevertheless Hypothermia is an interesting band and I admit I'm not a type of person who has put much effort into listening to their previous work.

The sound is raw and dark, but really smoothly made, it gives the impression that the band is actually performing live right infront of you, in a way sharing something personal, honest and unique. Those smooth calm melodic lines really shine through well in their music, sometimes it feels kinda jazzy, sometimes doomy, even mystical, melancholic... Svartkonst is based around more ambiental instrumentals, then add to that also use of some psychedelic violins on a couple of occasions and you'll get the picture. I think the vocals could be added a lot higher even though I know it's about focusing on the music, but with such amazing vocalist it's a shame not to hear his voice.

I find it hard to describe and really explain well how I feel about this record due to the fact I miss the vocals. All of the featured tracks are good instrumentals, but I think having vocals would made everything better. Every single track has a very atmospheric feel to them, still it feels that without Kim's vocals the sound is not quite the same, or even possesses the same feel. Like said before, the instrumental compositions are good, there's no doubt about it, but they feel very empty, there's almost no life inside, a bit too monothone, but hey, let's see what comes next! It's true as many state that this kind of band or music is not meant for everyone and they are true about that. Still I think that the fans of Forgotten Woods, Lifelover, Kall, early Forgotten Tomb and of early Shining will find something for theirselves.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 4,5/10

Disclaimer: This is a guest review and it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Terra Relicta staff.

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Release date: 1 July 2016
Label: Malignant Records

Phragments already have an impressive discography, over the last ten years they have released a number of albums on various labels. They appear to have turned in their early use of the orchestral industrial sound and are keen on focusing all energy into the dark ambient soundscapes of their more recent albums. On All Towers Must Fall, Phragments follows this trend, building an album which is quintessentially dark ambient in its presentation. Slowly oscillating deep drones are the base of All Towers Must Fall. There is surely a cinematic element here, but it doesn't ever necessarily take the lead. From the album art to the theme and its execution, All Towers Must Fall hits the mark and brilliantly depicts a war-torn world in the midst of its devastation. Turn out the lights and crank the volume to become fully engulfed in this apocalyptic scenario.

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