Vindensang
Terminus: Rebirth in Eight Parts...


4.5
superb

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
December 3rd, 2009 | 39 replies | 9,552 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Vindensang’s sound is really quite unlike anything I have experienced before. The blend of ambient/noise, black metal, and a bit of folk may seem like its been done a million times over, but I can assure you that Terminus: Rebirth In Eight Parts is unique. The main emphasis here is on the ambient, and it serves as a cornerstone for the band’s music. Soundscapes laden in reverb and the hissing of computer-aided effects is presented as the main aspect of the album, with vocals and guitars mixed low in the background. It’s this production which really makes the album what it is. It’s unfair to call this album a metal record simply because it’s not, however much it may hint at it at times. The raspy growls and soft cleans are distant in the background and barely audible at times, adding more of an atmospheric touch than anything else. The dissonance of the percussion is a strong companion for the wandering keyboards and the light acoustic touches, and in songs like “Ashes And Memories” create moments of utter musical perfection as the vocals of J. Neblock sing somewhere below it all.

In case you haven’t gathered, a huge part of what makes Terminus: Rebirth In Eight Parts so brilliant is it’s atmosphere. Throw all things you’ve gathered about black-metal influenced music and their atmospheres aside, because unlike those sorry, cliched attempts at emotion Vindensang expertly creates it. The album is at no point heavy, and it is never quick in tempo. It is full of slow, deliberate compositions which demand your attention and truly require it. Influences come from all corners, with hints of post-metal, a whole lot of dark ambient, a noticeable amount of black metal, and small nods toward folk, and each element is used with care as to not overuse one or the other. The melodies slowly make their way into the next, with transitions coming few and far between, but when you have melodies this good you just don’t care, because they compliment the vocals with utter perfection in terms of their trance-inducing qualities.

On occasion, the guitars jump ahead in the mix (but not too far as to be at the forefront) to make way for a wonderful harmony, however brief, which adds mountains of appeal to the music. Couple that with the samples of bells, campfires, wind (basically all that crap black metal bands use to make their music “grim”) which are used sparingly to actually compliment the music, and you have a vast array of sounds which really helps keep each song entirely different from the last. At one hour and ten minutes, the album is a lengthy one, but you know what, I guarantee that when this album sucks you in it will seem like thirty. Terminus: Rebirth In Eight Parts is most definitely the biggest surprise I have had in months, and it is a near perfect album in every singly aspect. Every song is a standout, because each one is entirely different than the last. If you want music which is both lasting and calming, then Vindensang have delivered just the album you are looking for.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you haven't heard this (which I'm guessing is everyone but BallsToTheWall) you pretty much need to right now.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 3rd 2009



5790 Comments


Hmmm, Olafur Arnalds and Elend are in the 'members also liked' section - I may have to check this out for sure.

Once again, very nice review Crysis; you have my vote.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, this isn't really like Olafur Arnalds, but then again I can't compare it to anything at all. You just have to hear it. "The Origin: The Point of No Return" is probably the best song I've heard in quite a long time.

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



10328 Comments


nice and short. recently i've been trying to cut down my reviews and keep ending up with a little more than a page single-spaced on ms word (with paragraph breaks). sort of frustrating. this is good

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah mine are typically just about one full page, three or four paragraphs. It makes for an easy read but it gives you enough space to say what you want.

Relinquished
December 3rd 2009



24929 Comments


This is sounding real good. Great review, bro.

Mordecai.
December 3rd 2009



8277 Comments


this looks good. pos fo the review

YouAreMySilence
December 3rd 2009



3727 Comments


This sounds really, really good.
Will listen when I have a chance.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely do it, this album is unbelievable.

Zoo
December 3rd 2009



3759 Comments


Believe it or not, I actually deleted this out of my library a few weeks ago when I cleaned out my itunes. Maybe I'll have to download it again.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, give it another spin. Most of the album I loved right away but a few songs took a few listens to really get.

BallsToTheWall
December 3rd 2009



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My nig Crysis. That's what i'm talking about. Killer album/review/etc.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2009



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Balls, thanks so much for this rec dude

Relinquished
December 3rd 2009



24929 Comments


Man this is so beast.

rasputin
December 3rd 2009



14540 Comments


sooooooo dubious

TricksterGRex
December 3rd 2009



2087 Comments


doobie us

TricksterGRex
December 3rd 2009



2087 Comments


wait this isnt the same as the ambient Vindensång is it?

BallsToTheWall
December 3rd 2009



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the same Vindensang.

EverythingEvil2113
December 4th 2009



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just downloaded, haven't listened to it yet. Sounds like it should be good though. I've been in sort of an ambient mood lately.

Piglet
December 4th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

looking forward to this.



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