Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nordvargr "the walls closing in"

the walls are closing in
Small Doses

This is an epic piece of work. Almost overwhelming in it's scale. Three long tracks of punishing noise brutality. This is definitely a departure from Nordvargr's Pyrrhula full length which had a lot of dynamics and more subdued synths mixed with quiet samples of chanting and wind. This is straight up audio oppression. It's actually a little long for me. Almost an hour of intense rumbling and crushing that make your whole house shake. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty awesome but I was hoping for a bit more dynamics from this project. It's like one of those 100 ounce steaks you can order at steakhouses to try to get your name on a wall. It's too much of a good thing. Packaged in an interesting die cut fold over thing from stumptown printing. Small Doses consistently releases excellent looking and sounding releases and this is no exception. You may just want to attack it in separate sittings.

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