The 3rd and the Mortal
Tears Laid In Earth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Justus USER (33 Reviews)
August 9th, 2007 | 20 replies | 13,282 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The Third and the Mortal are a very strange, but good, band. They originally were a Doom Metal act, and are now labeled as an Experimental Metal band, hailing from Trondheim, Norway. After a demo (The 3rd and the Mortal) and the Sorrow EP, this is their first album, entitled Tears Laid in Earth. Released under the famous Voices of Wonder Records in 1994, this was capured by the original line-up, which consited of…

Rune Hoemsnes – Drums and Precussion
Finn Olav Holthe – Guitars/Keyboards
Geir Nilssen – Guitars/Keyboards
Trond Engum – Guitars
Kari Rueslåtten – Vocals

While this is generally placed under Doom, I find the music to equally share its genre balance torwards Prog Metal as well. Why? Because long songs (Oceana; eighteen minutes, Death Hymn; eight minutes, to name a few), heavy to soft changes in songs, and clean, beautiful vocals make it even more sad, but all the while retaining a leash on Metal; not much chuggag-chugga palm-muted riffage going on, no ripping solos, and, as aforementioned, no harsh, yelled, screamed, or otherwise ‘Metal’ vocals. Now, that doesn’t mean it takes the evil away; on the contrary, it sounds more malicious and dark than if the band did do those things, with the heavy atmosphere and the slow pace of the album.

Now, why is this album excellent?

Because this album is just pure gloomy as well as dark, a perfect fusion for singer Kari Rueslåtten, whose vocals are fragile, soft, and pure as they get. While no Angela Gossow, she has just as much vocal ability, I’d even go so far as to say she has more range than her. High notes are seamlessly stretched unexpectedly from Karis regular voice, and add a beautiful, sad touch to the music. She can’t really make a loud sound, but her opreatic voice mixed with a legato singing style makes a blissful, powerful listen, so you don’t need loudness. And speaking of loudness, I have to stress that this album is more of a peaceful, relaxing, calm record more than an ‘Epic Doom’ approch (like Candlemass). Guitars are varied, and rightfully so; from the haunting chourus effect to add more depth to the atmosphere, to the thin, spitting mad overdrive sound to harness a feeling of lonlieness. Trond, Geir, and Finn balance these textures excellently, though I tend to find a bit more clean oriented tones than heavy ones. Melodies, contributed both from the keyboards and guitars, are fruitful on this album. While too the keyboards act as atmospheric sonic devices, you can ocasionally hear them following along with the guitar, and sometimes on their own, and I must say, the songwriting that goes into them are amazing!

The bass playing is great, but nothing too spectacular. Whenever both stringed insturments and keyboards are plaing the melodies (Autoponma, Salva Me), the bass is usually filling in with an obscure but good bassline, and it makes itself heard, and that’s always welcome. It will not be left in the dust, and keeps in check with the other insturments while adding a deep note to the playing of all the others. Its sound (tone) is really neat, if you’ve ever listened to Opeths Orchid, it sounds simillar to that, give it a few notches up of the overall quality of production and you’ll get an idea. Drums and percussion have a rather effective voice; Rune does all sorts of neat fills with the double bass, toms, cymbals, he basically uses his full potential on his whole kit, and proceeds to hand us an accent that makes excellent contact with the rest of whats going on. The sound is huge with the snare, it seems to have a very short, but very distinct echo effect, but takes place only when a lot is not going on, for instance, listen to the one minute, thirty seven second mark on Salva Me. In other words, when te rest of the music is quiet, you can hear the echo effect. Oh, and don’t expect blastbeats here, because they don’t happen. Like I said, this album is calm, so Rune replaces those with short stubs of quick double bass kickage, not too long, not too loud.

So that’s nice ‘n all, but what holds this album from being subperb, or a classic?

Well, two things really stick out like a sore thumb in the dark, and they both are songs. Vandring is completley pointless, even if you understand Norweigan. Sure, Karis voice is great, but when it’s a minute and forty seconds of nothing but, then we’ve got a problem. And not to be picky or nothing, but when you’re going to do something like that, make sure you sing it in English before releasing in the U.S., please. And the other song is Lengsel, which is THE EXACT SAME THING, just with a short bassline repeated over and over, only this time its two minutes! Oh, the agony! Another gripe I have with this album is repetitivess. I mean, theres not a whole lot of it, but when it comes up its just really distracting when you’re expecting something unexpected.

CONCLUSION –
So, do I have any last words? Yes. This might take some time for some people, let it sit, or keep listing to it occasionaly. If it doesn’t come around for you after the third or so time, I’m sorry you don’t enjoy it. Other than that, I feel that this is a must-see for any music fan, not just Metalheads, if you can find it (I heard that this is rare, try downloading). From clean, beautiful vocals, harsh, dry guitars, to wonderfully commenced atmosphere, I guarrentee everyone will find at least something to enjoy about this album.

FINAL RATING – A STRONG 4.0



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Epilogue
August 9th 2007



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Does anyone know whats wrong with the album art? And thanks Crav, I really enjoyed this

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just go to edit review and reupload the art and it will show. Awesome review my friend.

Epilogue
August 9th 2007



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you like it. I also have their EP but it's a misely two songs that arn't really worth the time.

Epilogue
August 9th 2007



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ill try and check it out, but 2 songs that arent worth it on an EP...Hmmm.

You have interesting (and fine) albums

Hardhat
August 9th 2007



53 Comments


You did a good job explaining exactly why you gave it the rating you did. Overall really good review. I pos'd.

Cravinov13
August 10th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, your review is excellent. I rated it a 4.5 mainly cause right now I can't put it down. When my phase of this album ends it will go back to a 4. I'm weird like that.

Epilogue
August 10th 2007



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You did a good job explaining exactly why you gave it the rating you did. Overall really good review. I pos'd.

Thank you, kind sir
Yes, your review is excellent. I rated it a 4.5 mainly cause right now I can't put it down. When my phase of this album ends it will go back to a 4. I'm weird like that.

I might change it to a 4.5 in time, but now Im content on what I gave it, but it might grow on me



Epilogue
August 10th 2007



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oops, double postThis Message Edited On 08.09.07

rattlehead42147
August 10th 2007



1345 Comments


magnificent work justus! have a pos vote!

Confessed2005
August 10th 2007



3314 Comments


Sweet. This sounds pretty cool.

Epilogue
August 10th 2007



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you rattle

Sweet. This sounds pretty cool.

Yes, its awsome. The vocals here are astounding, as well as everything else.

robin2220
August 20th 2007



569 Comments


It's spelled The 3rd And The Mortal, but owell. Love this album. I had to download it though.

Zoo
August 20th 2007



3759 Comments


Sounds intriguing. I just might have to give this a listen. My doom anthology is somewhat lacking.

rasputin
November 14th 2007



14517 Comments


good review, good album.

Epilogue
July 18th 2008



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

albums still good.

CosmicPie
August 30th 2013



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Majestic and revolutionary.

CosmicPie
August 30th 2013



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd be surprised if this album didn't influence The Gathering with Anneke.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2014



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had forgotten how awesome this album was/is...

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

manosg
June 22nd 2014



5739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Same here. Album breathes mid-90s.



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