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Vindensång - Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts (2008) [Featured Review]
08-03-2011, 04:56 PM (This post was last modified: 09-04-2011 11:59 PM by Cjanz.)
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Vindensång - Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts (2008) [Featured Review]
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While some would argue that black metal is dead and devoid of creativity, I would argue the exact opposite, passionately so. Recently, black metal has managed to extend its influences on an even wider scale than once thought possible. Not only has the music began to reach a broader audience, but the aesthetics and ideological overtones as well. Case in point, Pennsylvanian genre mixing band Vindensång. On their first full length from 2008, “Terminus:Rebirth in Eight Parts,” there is an obvious influence of atmospheric black metal to be heard, utilized in such a brilliant and innovative manner that it completely destroys the baseless claims made by opponents of the genre. However, the album is not truly black metal, but a compelling mix of dark ambient, neofolk, field recordings, post-rock, drone, neoclassical, and so on. The bottom line is that Vindensång’s work here is hard to classify into one genre, but it’s easy to classify as pure epic beauty.

The album starts off with five minute prologue of bells and chimes in the wind and rain. It picks up with some soft electronic sounds, and then finally melancholic acoustic guitar playing, hypnotic drumming, droning ambiance, and black metal-esque vocals. It’s vaguely reminiscent of the more acoustic and folk based sections of bands like Agalloch, but with more emphasis on a nocturnal atmosphere of sorts. The second song is likewise very atmospheric, this time much darker and less melodic. Recordings of rain washing out the landscapes, with ominous whispered vocals and a wailing cello. This song is very dense, and has a lot of background noise going in, including what sounds like some sort of wooden shaker instrument. It finally fades out and leads directly into the next track, the first black metal track, so to speak. In some ways it reminds me of Mount Eerie’s album “Winds Poem” in that it really isn’t black metal, but it sounds remarkably close. But don’t kid yourself, it’s still “heavier” than that album, and the vocals sound closer to Deathspell Omega than the typical Indie rock vocals from Mount Eerie. If it is a guitar in the song I’m hearing, then it’s played in a unique, distanced manner, and sounds very hazy as well.

Next comes another folk track, still as somber and beautiful as always. But the following track, let me tell you, is absolutely wonderful. Entitled “Dusk: Into the Glow of Nightfall,” it couldn’t be more accurate in its naming. The atmosphere on this track is incredibly well done and defined, and truly invokes the images of nightfall, and it’s enigmatic glow. The most special thing about this track in particular is that it sounds almost like an Ulver song, particularly from “Shadows of the Sun;” Vindensång don’t fool around with their atmosphere, they’re living up to the standards set by some of the best. Towards the end it becomes more sporadic and unpredictable, taking a sudden influence from noise music and glitch in what is a surprising twist, but still a positive one nonetheless. The track that comes next is well done too, as is the next, both being more folk oriented once more, but this time the post-rock influence is more clear, especially in “The Origin: Point of No Return,” which sounds somewhat like a black metal band playing
slowcore, as it does eventually become more conventionally metal towards the end, with epic guitar playing and depressive vocals.

The album finally closes with an epilogue. Soft drones and keyboards, whispered breathing, and then it fades away as if disappearing into a starry night sky. This album is incredibly distinct, unique, and unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Moreover, it is one of the most promising albums to come out in recent years within its genre categories. The perfect night time album for autumn and winter, and it deserves to be listened to fully and attentively to understand it’s majestic beauty, and mysterious nature. Perhaps the only flaw is the somewhat linear nature of the album, but that is hardly noticeable once you immerse yourself in this album Pay attention to this band, they might just become the next big thing in the black metal community. Highly, highly recommended album, I regret not writing a formal review sooner.


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08-03-2011, 07:43 PM
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RE: Vindensång - Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts (2008)
Approved, and rightly so. Great review, my friend! Going to have to check this out!

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08-03-2011, 08:39 PM
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RE: Vindensång - Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts (2008)
Holy crap, great review! I need this stuff asap. SHa_smile

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09-04-2011, 11:59 PM
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RE: Vindensång - Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts (2008)
Featuring this review!

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