Ved Buens Ende
Written In Waters


5.0
classic

Review

by Voivod STAFF
December 27th, 2010 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ved Buens Ende forge their unique black metal, in the same way Jackson Pollock, the famous Abstract Expressionist painter, crafted his paintings.

Every time I listen to Ved Buens Ende’s sole album Written In Waters, my mind directs me subconsciously to the work of that famous American painter, Jackson Pollock. Being “just another” painter during the first 10-15 years of his career, he discovered accidentally his infamous “dripping” painting technique. That is, he begun to create stacks of multiple layers of “random” patterns onto a blank canvas, just by tossing paint of various colors and tones onto it. His “dripping technique” paintings were hailed as monumental works of art with respect to the so-called Abstract Expressionism movement, while Pollock himself was considered as one of its most important representatives.

In Written In Waters, Ved Buens Ende forge their unique black metal, in the same way Jackson Pollock crafted his paintings. Just like Pollock did with his “dripping” technique, that is “hiding” his abstract patterns under one or multiple layers of “dirt”, Ved Buens Ende act likewise. A thin layer of amplifier fuzz is used to cloak the music, making the latter seem as if it is being “diluted” or “vaporized” when it is brought in contact with the former. In terms of the music itself, the ways of expression generically used in black metal are left aside, while the musical instruments are stimulated in the same “random” way Pollock gave birth to his abstract patterns. This stimulae is related to a broad spectrum of rhythms, most of which are calm and mesmerizing, yet all of them are dissonant and still within the maniacal pattern repeating philosophy that black metal demands by default. The drums, the bass and the electric guitars merely interact the one with the other, so as to create a fragile substrate per song upon which, all instruments will carve their own separate way. The same applies for the voices, regardless of whether they are clean, harsh or female.

The band’s performance is as tight as it can get. After all, VBE are a trio and hence they axiomatically file under the well-established apt performance that characterizes most rock n’ roll trios.

Vicotnik’s work on the guitars is amazingly eerie, transmitting the notion that something evil is about to approach any moment soon. Except from creating in each occasion the most fitting ensemble of notes per riff, he manages to keep them in a constant turmoil by changing them when least expected. That happens mostly when the rhythms per song are hypnotically slow and less when they are damn blast beating. His harsh vocals are “freezing moon” nihilistic, not being however typical for black metal in general. His voice sounds as if it’s being processed through machines.

Carl Michael Eide weaves magnificent beats with his drum kit, that create a ritual backbone for all the songs. Although the overall tempo of the album is “slow”, he sounds adequately neurotic, with his hands and the feet moving fast and tight, producing disjointed rhythms. In addition, whenever the songs require his blast beating abilities, he delivers in the most prominent way. Besides the drums, Carl Michael does all the clean vocals. He is crooning in the most abstract of ways, as if his mind is constantly troubled by somber thoughts.

Skoll’s bass patterns act as a double agent doing casual business on both sides of the table (drums and guitars), although it’s always one step away from exploiting the smallest of excuses to flee from both and cover their void as it sees fit. Skoll’s skill as a bass player is simply magnificent, as it often forces the listener to track down what he is playing, often at the expense of both the guitars and the drums or the entire song for that matter.

The production is simply optimal. Clean and dirty at the same time. The riffs and the bass patterns are readily audible, despite the aforementioned amplifier fuzz. The voices are recorded superbly as well. The drums’ sound is amazingly physical, with the snare being in perfect balance with the double bass drums and the cymbals.

All in all, with Written In Waters Ved Buens Ende bring about in full the left hand turn first endeavored with their demo EP, Those Who Caress the Pale. It is a shame that the band didn’t continue what it started, due to a number of reasons, with its 2005 failed reunion. However, never say never.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2010


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I Sang for the Swans:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMPfYr7JiZM

You, That May Wither:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n3K9LZOVpo&feature=related

It’s Magic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng5F7eUiGe4&feature=related

Den Saakaldte:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwimwdAF4k&feature=related

Carrier of Wounds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kuu_bb45kJI&feature=related

Coiled in Wings:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa325KdRk3c&feature=related

Autumn Leaves:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu5qe0goWiM&feature=related

Remembrance of Things Past:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHNj3EF9HW4&feature=related

To Swarm Deserted Away:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGP_xIdR6hc&feature=related


These past few weeks i'm going through a huge Ved Buens Ende phase, so i decided to write something for it.


Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

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vanderb0b
December 27th 2010


3473 Comments


After all, VBE are a trio and hence they axiomatically file under the well-established apt performance that characterizes all rock n’ roll trios.

Saying all rock trios are good performers is more than a bit hyperbolic.
Clean and dirty and at the same time.

should be "Clean and dirty at the same time"
Also, for future reference, I wouldn't describe the band members one by one, it's not the most interesting way of writing about an album.
That said, good review. I'm listening to this atm, and it's pretty cool so far.

KILL
December 27th 2010


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2010


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you are right about the r n' r trios.

As for the second comment, I describe every member's performance so as to give more detail about the musical content.

vanderb0b
December 27th 2010


3473 Comments


Fair enough, makes sense. That Pollock painting is pretty badass, by the way.

McCopper
December 27th 2010


1367 Comments


Nice review voivod.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2010


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man

Σε ευχαριστώ!

Hawks
December 27th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review man. Didn't know you 5'd this.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2010


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ Hawks

i can't see a single flaw in this record, no matter how hard i try to find one.

Those Who Caress The Pale had certain flaws, which are totally absent here.

Hawks
December 27th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this album is definitely awesome. I reviewed this album a pretty long time ago too. It was one of my first.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2010


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes i know.

it read like it was one of your first reviews, however it was quite good.

Hawks
December 27th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha well thanks man.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2010


7311 Comments


Great review Voivod. Have a pos.

Jethro42
December 27th 2010


12478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see you cover this, Voivod. Very original intro. I really appreciate the way you bring your ideas and describe the album. It gives a very clear idea about the band's sound and all, and on that way, it makes it all useful for people who never heard of the band. Keep the good work up, bro.


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2010


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the feedback guys, i really appreciate it.


lostforwords
January 2nd 2011


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really great review, pos.
This is one of my top-3 black metal records. I love how it is reversely climaxed, it starts almost upbeat, and it slowly becomes the most depressive thing ever. Excellent record.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks man.

Είναι από τους αγαπημένους μου black metal δίσκους, επίσης.

scissorlocked
January 3rd 2011


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

detailed and well-written review as usually man!!!The comparison with Pollock is great.keep it up!

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2011


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for the kind words scissorlocked.

Φχαριστώ!

KILL
November 11th 2011


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is good, sweet review too



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