Mordor
Odes


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
January 27th, 2009 | 34 replies | 7,342 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: black ambient funeral doom so grim you’ll puke of how grim it was

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

A droning doom album released in 1991, Mordor’s Odes can be considered the precursor to the entire funeral doom genre. Formed from the disbanded core of a black metal band, the album relies on a thick and sinister atmosphere to create rather ominous and disturbing soundscapes. As a drone album, Odes is successful in that the mood seems somewhat genuine, if a little laughable at times; what pushes the record ahead is not only its novelty of being ridiculously grim and kvlt, but also because it is almost twenty years old, undoubtedly having an effect on the various ambient, drone and funeral doom genres that are similarly executed.

The band’s black metal origins are apparent on Odes, both in the aesthetics of its atmosphere and in its vocals. The vocal performance can be likened to the particular style used in the USBM scene today, not all together toad-like, but rather throaty and menacing. In order to add the ambience, the vocals often are prolonged and sonically twisted, melding into the background. The album opens with ‘Dark Throne of Blasphemous Evil’, a track characterized by its use of feedback and portentous tones to create something seemingly perverse. Next track ‘The Great Kat is God’ opens with a fuzzy rendition of Greensleeves, before falling into a droning and rhythmic bass line. Considerably shorter than the opener, ‘The Great Kat is God’ showcases some very unpredictable and eerie guitar lines that play over the aforementioned bass. Where ‘Dark Throne of Blasphemous Evil’ was more of an ambient track, taking long moments of reflection in between its various sections, ‘The Great Kat is God’ is more focused as a song, its steady beat driving it along. Third track ‘Lamentations for Corinne’ tops off the previous two tracks, combining the ambient and mechanical aspects of the opener with the plodding nature of the second song; the use of keyboards in the second half came as a pleasant surprise, and worked very well in elaborating on the song’s cold and bleak mood.

It’s definitely not an album for everybody, but Odes marks a turning point in metal, one where the typical standards were being cast away and different structures and styles were being incorporated into the genre. Mordor are unfortunately very obscure, perhaps as a result of them never releasing anything more than two demos and an EP, but you can be sure that everybody will think you’re elite for listening to it.



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rasputin
January 27th 2009



14538 Comments


kvlt

Darkman1
January 27th 2009



48 Comments


One does not simply review unto Mordor!

rasputin
January 27th 2009



14538 Comments


rofl

gaslightanthem
January 27th 2009



5209 Comments


toss me ...but don't tell the elf

BallsToTheWall
January 27th 2009



44164 Comments


Summary has me immediately sold like girl scout cookies.

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 27th 2009



3743 Comments


grim review

charlesfishtitz
January 27th 2009



784 Comments


dickloading part one now.

will impress my friends for sure


if i had any


too elite

rasputin
January 27th 2009



14538 Comments


too elite for people to even like tbh they shouldn't even ever listen to it it's far too grim

charlesfishtitz
January 27th 2009



784 Comments


it's almost impossible to download

rasputin
January 27th 2009



14538 Comments


4th time lucky

charlesfishtitz
January 27th 2009



784 Comments


fuck you

rasputin
January 28th 2009



14538 Comments


i guess this is too elite for people to comment on or soemthing

charlesfishtitz
January 28th 2009



784 Comments


this album is like a 5 for me

rasputin
January 28th 2009



14538 Comments


too elite for normal ratings

charlesfishtitz
January 28th 2009



784 Comments


its like a 36DD

charlesfishtitz
January 28th 2009



784 Comments


man i just want to talk about how good mordor is without actually saying anything about it

rasputin
January 28th 2009



14538 Comments


there's nothing to say really i could delete this review and just write 'this is some elite and grim shit cheggit owt' and people would be like wow this must be some elite and grim shit and then they'd buy the vinyl and shit for like 300 dollars and be all elite with their vinyl and listen to it and shit you know what i mean ?

charlesfishtitz
January 28th 2009



784 Comments


i just wanna fucking bathe in sand and mordor is there

rasputin
January 28th 2009



14538 Comments


chonky chinkman says:
this second track is kind of
chonky chinkman says:
makes me want to do bad things with men
berkay says:
is that a good thing
chonky chinkman says:
makes me uncomfortable
chonky chinkman says:
like
chonky chinkman says:
some german guys
chonky chinkman says:
just come in here
chonky chinkman says:
with
chonky chinkman says:
their socks and sandals
chonky chinkman says:
and start greasin each other
chonky chinkman says:
on my bed
chonky chinkman says:
and im like
chonky chinkman says:
um hello?
chonky chinkman says:
and then
chonky chinkman says:
i just sort of lay on top of them


charlesfishtitz
January 28th 2009



784 Comments


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