Ved Buens Ende
Those who Caress the Pale


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
December 19th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ved Buens Ende’s first demo stands as testament of an extreme metal band that comes ridiculously close in realizing a quantum leap towards a sound simply unthinkable.

Rainbows are one of nature’s most spectacular sights, the immaculate interface between fire and water that results in the separation of white light to its constituent bright and colorful components. However, rainbows aren’t solely bright and colorful. By the end of the rainbow (=Ved Buens Ende in Norwegian), the only existing color is the dark gray of the stormy sky. Ved Buens Ende first demo tape, Those who Caress the Pale, is the first known musical transmission from their territory, accounting for the avant-garde part of the extreme metal spectrum and aiming to make its distinct mark.

What do Ved Buens Ende accomplish with Those who Caress the Pale?

The element of surprise for VBE lies in that they endorse a heretic way of composing music, within the extreme metal spectrum. Instead of using the classic black metal songwriting elements (blastbeat drumming, the “monotonous” ultra-fast riffing in different climaxes and the corresponding vocals for the genre), VBE arrange their affairs differently.

They build their songs mostly on slow, abstract, spirally revolving and dissonant riffs that reveal themselves from a thin wall of white noise fuzz, only to disappear in it the next moment. Furthermore, it is more than obvious that the band’s guitarist, Vicotnic, composed those riffs with an acoustic guitar, a subtlety that adds up significantly to their impact, in terms of eeriness and melancholy. However, VBE give in as well, to the monotonous ultra-fast black metal riffing, only to provide a temporary way out from the musical fog they create in prior stages per song.

The drums follow the ways of the guitars from a distance, not talking however the same language. When the riffs are slow, they are mesmerizingly ritualistic, while essentially technical at the same time. Carl Michael Eide’s drum playing is ridiculously dense and the listener is prompt to pay attention to the abstract way he makes the cymbals sound, keeping them constantly “out” of the main rhythm. When things get rough, Eide’s blastbeat drumming is the real treat, with the snare and the cymbals following different patterns. Skoll’s bass stands at the chasm formed between the drums and the guitars. Neither following the former or the latter, it carves a way of its own. The patterns that it upholds, may appear simplistic at first, however they are the exact opposite.

Last but not least, the vocals. The vocals are shared between Eide and Vicotnic. Eide’s parts are floating upon the calmer portions of the songs, for the most part. At times, he sounds like a crooner caught in a turmoil of cynicism, whereas at others he is a man, whose body is present and but his thought is lost to the far beyond. Vicotnic is pure evil made flesh, simple as that. His voice sounds as if it’s being processed through machines, and the feeling that it transmits is unconditional nihilism.

The sound production is dirty and fuzzy, however every instrument is readily audible (the bass patterns are a sheer delight). The band has a very tight performance, constituting, probably, the first avant-garde/black metal trio in history.

Having said the above, is this demo EP free from flaws? No. In 1 or 2 songs, the genuine way that the band composes its music is somewhat compensated. This compensation takes place either by the implementation of generic elements from “classic” heavy metal (listen to the track “A Mask in the Mirror”) or the decent but somewhat generic (with respect to the rest of the songs that is) song structures (listen to “The Plunderer”).

All in all, Ved Buens Ende’s Those Who Caress The Pale stands as testament of an extreme metal band coming ridiculously close in realizing a quantum leap towards a sound simply unthinkable. But that’s another tale to tell…



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2010


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3536/vbea.jpg



A Mask in the Mirror:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylbAzw14fFE&feature=related

The Carrier of Wounds (Written in Waters take):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiX38xt6O2c&feature=related

You that May Wither (Written in Waters take):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n3K9LZOVpo&feature=related

The Plunderer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQLyq63UM90

Those Who Caress the Pale:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_oxOsR5FhI


Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

Digging: Madred - Supersonic Brainfuck Overdrive

Josh D.
December 19th 2010


13972 Comments


Lol, sorry I didn't read the review, but I just listened to a track on YouTube and literally laughed out loud.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2010


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what was so funny?

Josh D.
December 19th 2010


13972 Comments


What I heard when I clicked the link.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2010


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What song did you listen to?

Josh D.
December 19th 2010


13972 Comments


"The Plunderer"

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2010


19063 Comments


I've wanted to try these guys out for a while, but have yet to. The review was great though, pos'd.

And just ignore Josh, he has yet to realize no one likes him and keeps posting things.

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

Josh D.
December 19th 2010


13972 Comments


Oh.

Hawks
December 19th 2010


35838 Comments


Written in Waters is awesome. Haven't heard this demo though.

Jethro42
December 19th 2010


12624 Comments


Very good review Voivod.
I love your ''Rainbow/Dark gray of stormy sky'' description.
''The Plunderer'' is far from representing their style, really.
The t/t is a fantastic song. I've already heard the rest, but not carefully.
I shall take the time.

FR33L0RD
December 19th 2010


1466 Comments


I need & want this insane album.


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the good words guys.

This took more than the usual time for me to complete, due to a most unexpected "writer's block" situation.

Most unfortunately, i found for the second and the third song only the versions from Written in Waters album, which i will review in time. In the demo, the versions of those songs are more raw and personally i like them a bit more, especially due to Eide's vocals.

@ Jethro42: The initial prologue i had written was really lame, so i wrote the main body of the review based on that lame prologue first and came up with the present prologue just minutes before uploading.

Yeah the s/t song/instrumental is total bliss.

@ Hawks: This 1994 demo was so good apparently that the band decided to release it as an EP after the release of Written in Waters via the legendary Misanthropy Records in 1997.

The physical copy i used to write my review is a 2007 (most probably) re-release from the Hellenic label Kyrck Productions:

http://kyrck.t35.com/main.html
http://www.wikimetal.info/wiki/Kyrck_Productions

sexpoi
December 20th 2010


599 Comments


lol the album name sounds like its dedicated to necrophiliacs

Jethro42
December 20th 2010


12624 Comments


@ Jethro42: The initial prologue i had written was really lame, so i wrote the main body of the review based on that lame prologue first and came up with the present prologue just minutes before uploading.

Good ideas often occur unpredictably ;)




Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2010


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most definitely :-D

AdenZerda
December 20th 2010


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't believe I hadn't rated this yet. Really cool stuff, in my opinion. It avoids getting stagnant after repeated listens and the drums really tie it all together more than most people notice. A pleasure to listen to.



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