Agrypnie
16[485]


4.0
excellent

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
September 8th, 2010 | 27 replies | 7,893 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Liars

Upon finally getting into this stuff after years of trying, I was told by a few choice members from the pleasant and sunny-eyed forums of Rate Your Music (RYM) that all melodic black metal sounds the same. They went on to tell me, amongst many other polite and appropriate things, that I would be better off sticking to the mid-90s for the choicest harvest that the subgenre has to offer: Dissection, Sacramentum, and Satyricon, to name the staples. Further, they went on to say, and I loosely quote (with some words removed to protect the innocent), “Anything after the passing of Windir’s Terje Bakken is shit. Do us all a favor in your search, though, and grow some balls. lol.

Bastards. Well, while perhaps being an effort doomed to failure, this review is dedicated to the kind and benevolent purists mentioned above, and especially those casual metal fans that may often feel melodic black metal is indeed as dead as its festering cousin of the death variety, too. Be polite, and let Arypnie’s 16[485] have its chance, please. I know you’ve all been betrayed by melodic black metal bands like this, albums like this, and, as against me as the tide may already be, reviews like this, too. But I petition that you, my readers (and my mockers), will not be listening to the same fourth generation mello-black-cum-keyboard-humper of an album again. The first proper track of 16[485], “Der tote Trakt”, should make this quite evident.

A ridiculously succulent mid-tempo guitar riff that will stay in your minds long after listening to 16[485] arises out of the legendary frontman of the now defunct Nocte Obducta, Torsten Hirsch. It’s not with any degree of hyperbole that I say extremely catchy riffs arise (or later return) constantly throughout the album’s length, in a way that makes it very easy for listeners to map out the album’s contents and not get lost in what’s going on. These riffs build in a progressive-like nature, often – and in effect, many of the songs extend well past the six-minute mark: they feature reprieves and even acoustic-based instrumental interludes to keep the monotony at a low-constant level throughout 16[485]’s length.

There is a certain atmospheric quality to 16[485], however, so do not make the mistake of going into the album’s presence with the assumption of hearing only guitars, drums, and vocal screeches. Keyboards are present, but they are used with care and responsibility: Hirsh has done this kind of thing before, and he makes sure that the light backing vocals and keyboards that are intended to harmonize with the guitar melodies do just that, no more. Their presence is put to the most use for the entrance and leaving of an ambient atmosphere on both the intro and concluding tracks, “Figur 109-3” and “Figur 109-1”, respectively, and as well as on the title track, the longest and most diverse song on the album.

Hirsch enters the title track with a driving riff and his powerful Thomas Vaananen-esque bark (ex-Thyrfing vocalist) and goes on to chase memorable, distinct riff after memorable, distinct riff, up until the song’s rest and reprieve that comes by distant-sounding keyboard effects. Of course, the song eventually opens its gates once more, and the project’s leader roars back into action in a way that’s now expected of Hirsch, his bark and bite grooving waves of his guitar riffs, both catchy and mind-consuming for listeners. It’s this type of comfort zone that 16[485] rests on throughout its admittedly staggering seventy-minute length, but it is one that gives listeners a taste of melodic black metal that isn’t just another taste of typical melodic black metal: it’s memorable, engaging, and easy to grasp, sticking out profoundly and pleasantly in the crowd. You see, melodic black metal clearly isn’t dead just yet, guys, and if you run into some of my friends over at RYM that say otherwise, please direct them to this review:

Bastards, you lied.



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Ponton
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



5784 Comments


album's awesome

http://www.myspace.com/agrypnieband

Slum
September 8th 2010



2579 Comments


Review's awesome, pos

PuddlesPuddles
September 8th 2010



4765 Comments


Hmmm. Must listen, I think I'll dig this
Good job mang

Ponton
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



5784 Comments


Thanks guys, this stuff is really catchy without being cheesy too. it's worth a shot

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2010



8318 Comments


great review. My current music listening time is limited, a bit by school and a bit by myself too, so I won't check this out since I've got a ton of albums downloaded that I want to listen to and I'd probably just end up forgetting this anyway. I did get that Winterhorde album though, and based on 1 listen so far, it's not bad.

jingledeath
September 8th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I see you've been going on a bit of a black metal run, nice. I've had this for ages but haven't listened yet.

EVedder27
September 8th 2010



6088 Comments


jesus, you're already close to 150

Willie
Moderator
September 8th 2010



15877 Comments


Great review. Balls rec'd me this awhile ago. It was ok, but I didn't end up keeping it. I think that I had a problem with the vocals, but I can't remember.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Ponton
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



5784 Comments


Thanks for the comments, guys. I think you might enjoy this, Magnus, and you too, Jingle.

The only real problem I have with it, Willie, is the length. At 70 minutes, it's a bit challenging, though the strength of the riffs really help. I might cut 10 to 15 minutes off of it myself, but it's still really great overall.

Yeah, I am, Mike, but I'm not totally sure what I'm going to do for 150. I might start early on it soon and work on it over time.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2010



17197 Comments


I didnt know this dude put out another CD. Exit was solid

BallsToTheWall
September 8th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This shit rules hard. Good review.

BigTuna
September 8th 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit I was thinking of naming my next album 16[485]

Digging: Common - Nobody's Smiling

Romulus
September 8th 2010



8411 Comments


hahahaha tuna i lol'd

any chance i'd like this jared?

Ponton
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



5784 Comments


It'd be a stretch tbh, Rom, but as far as black metal goes, this is pretty easy to get into. Try a song or two from their Myspace to see. Thanks, Balls.

BigTuna
September 8th 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excuse my witty comment, this rules so far

BallsToTheWall
September 8th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't see this as a black metal record at all tbh.

BigTuna
September 8th 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ yeah, even the vocals aren't really bm

Ponton
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



5784 Comments


it's the genre the project has always been listed as, in the sub melodic and/or atmospheric variety. It is a good bit different than his last, Exit, though, but I like how doesn't have the routine/usual feel of usual melodic black metal to it a lot. The vocals fit this great imo, too.

Glad you're enjoying it, Tuna.

BallsToTheWall
September 8th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hear some Katatonia riffs here and there. I'm hesitant to label this anything other than progressive extreme metal I guess.

Wizard
September 9th 2010



19223 Comments


“Anything after the passing of Windir’s Terje Bakken is shit. Do us all a favor in your search, though, and grow some balls. lol.”

Sorry if I said anything to you in the past hahahaha.

Great review and now I'm interested in this band!

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver



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