Isengard
Høstmørke


1.5
very poor

Review

by pilumneer USER (6 Reviews)
July 11th, 2007 | 34 replies | 3,556 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is pretty fucking silly

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

This album has to be a joke. Because frankly I don’t think anyone, Fenriz included, could have ever taken this release seriously. I’ve always had trouble considering Darkthrone themselves as more than a complete joke to begin with, but I abandon it to black metal specialists. However this is supposed to be half folk metal, so I guess it more or less falls into my realm, though I now wish I had never crossed the way of this parody of an album.

First of all, this release lacks of the most elementary coherence. I wrote “half folk metal”, and indeed this could apply to the first five songs, but the last two ones are pure black metal, with screaming vocals, blastbeats and everything one generally associates with the genre. So tell me, what’s the meaning of this? If I wanted to hear Fenriz playing black metal, I would have listened to a Darkthrone album, period. Now I won’t develop more on those two tracks to focus on what was supposed to be the main interest of this release, the folk-inspired tracks. But unfortunately they suck so much they can’t redeem the BM tracks a single bit.

I don’t know how much time Fenriz spent on this work, but let’s just admit he doesn’t seem to have involved much effort in the songwriting as well as the recording. On the songwriting first, I can barely think of songs simpler than those. All of them consist in the same melody repeated ad nauseam, when there’s of course an actual melody to be heard through those painful and clumsy guitar lines. Do you really call music those two keyboard notes on which is built I Ei Gran Borti Nordre Asen, which are endlessly repeated during not less than 3.5 minutes? And don’t tell me Fenriz actually WROTE his vocal lines before recording, they reek far too much of crappy improvisation, as most of the album if one think of it half a minute.

Not only one struggles to find a sketch of a vocal line, but the voice itself is unbearable. Indeed, this is a clean voice. Of the worst sort you could think about, the voice of some drunken retard, most of time off-key if there’s a key to be found somewhere, this album overall sounding like the perfect negation of any music. And when you know the atrocious second track is entirely a capella, it gives you an idea of the kind of torture it is. Besides, I really wonder if Fenriz is even able to use a mike properly, as vocals often seem to go back and forth in the mix for no obvious reason, without mentioning the high amount of parasite noise. Eventually, most vocals consists in some ***ty chant – something like aaaaah aaaah aaaaah aah, you really have to listen to it to believe it – as if he didn’t bother for writing lyrics. There are some, occasionally, but as they’re in Norwegian I’m unable to judge their intellectual content, though I guess I’m not missing very much.

The instrumental mastery is on the same level the vocals are, simply because it can’t be lower. Not only the songs are atrociously easy as stated before, but he doesn’t even seem to be able to perform them correctly. Fenriz is Darkthrone’s drummer, isn’t he? Thus I suppose at least the drums should have sounded decent. They aren’t, or better, what you may hear of them, lost in the shamefully raw production, isn’t. Note that there aren’t drums on every track, but when there are they consist in some basic 2/4 beat without almost any variation, something the most badly programmed machine could have done.

Finally as I said the production is abysmal as well, but considering there’s nothing worthwhile to be heard there anyway, I wouldn’t have given a *** for a cleaner sound. I may recommend this release to anyone who feels like jerking off on anything Darkthrone-related, otherwise, just avoid. I give it 1.5 for a good reason though: the first time I listened to it this album, it made me laugh as I think music never did before. That alone is worth a small reward, isn’t it?

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2007



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, I was wondering if this was any good but now I know its not. However, I wouldn't expect a member of Darkthrone to be able to write an epic folk inspired song with good melodies.

Digging: Tiamat - Wildhoney

Tyler
Emeritus
July 11th 2007



7924 Comments


This album is so bland.

rattlehead42147
July 11th 2007



1345 Comments


you get a vote from me although i enjoy darkthrone and what ive heard of vinterskugge by isengard. i can see where many would not like such music.

TheHamburgerman
July 12th 2007



1251 Comments


but the last two ones are pure black metal,
If I wanted to hear Fenriz playing black metal, I would have listened to a Darkthrone album, period.

this is stupid, decent review.This Message Edited On 07.12.07

kalkal50
July 12th 2007



2386 Comments


decent review, sounds like you should've given this less than 2.5 based on your review

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2007



2211 Comments


I thought just the same kal. Judging by the review pilumneer this album would've been given a 1.5/5 or so. I liked the review though, it made me to not check out the album.

rattlehead42147
July 12th 2007



1345 Comments


yes i agree with the swedes. is there a reason you guys post one after the other? it happened on my cause of death review too

kalkal50
July 12th 2007



2386 Comments


nope coincidence This Message Edited On 07.12.07

pilumneer
July 12th 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oops, I actually meant to give this a 1.5, my bad :/

Nostalgia
July 12th 2007



64 Comments


Terrible review.

pilumneer
July 12th 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why do you say that?

rattlehead42147
July 12th 2007



1345 Comments


you dont have to agree with it for it to be good, but oh well. i dont think the jerking off part was necessary but other than that it is pilumneer's best yet.

Nostalgia
July 12th 2007



64 Comments


Your writing was good, but it seemed you focused so much on making fun of the album rather than pointing out the album's actual sound.

pilumneer
July 12th 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, sorry I'm a very opinionated person and cant help but make fun of things sometimes.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 12th 2007



7924 Comments


It's a review though, not a summary. I do agree that you spent too much time talking about why you're surprised Fenriz wrote this and how bad it is as opposed to saying what he wrote and why it's bad.
Work on finding this balance and you're set.This Message Edited On 07.12.07

rattlehead42147
July 13th 2007



1345 Comments


i agree w/ cocaine

Silenius
July 13th 2007



302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well there's not much to analyze here musically though. Structures are extremely basic, riffing is chliche, keyboards are the epitome of not atmospheric put clearly attempting to be, etc. Still it's perfectly mediocre, not terrible imo.

Yes the vocals are bad....

robin2220
August 18th 2007



569 Comments


Poor Fenriz was never very good without Nocturno Culto.

rattlehead42147
August 18th 2007



1345 Comments


i like vinterskugge for the most part.

robin2220
August 18th 2007



569 Comments


I never listened to that album.



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