Nasheim
Solens Vemod


4.5
superb

Review

by 17WordHaiku USER (1 Reviews)
August 6th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 02/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nasheim emerges after almost seven years with a stunning piece of atmospheric black metal.

The last time we heard anything from Nasheim was way back in 2007 on a split with another black metal band called Angantyr. Nasheim’s contribution to the split, the twenty-five minute Sovande Mjod Vill Jag Tomma, attracted a lot attention from black metal fans. The man behind Nasheim, Erik Grahn, finally completed and released his proper debut Solens vemod at the beginning of 2014. Seven years is a long time to wait for new material but E. Grahn has been meticulous in creating a depressing atmosphere for Solens vemod and it shows immediately from the start of the first track, En nyckel till drommars grind.

From the moment this track starts you know what mood you’re capturing from the album. Dark, brooding guitar passages, airy distortion, sorrowful screams; it all comes together to create a very melancholic atmosphere. The vocal performance is definitely a highlight on this album. Grahn has a very passionate type of black metal vocals that compliment the music behind it perfectly, especially on the third track Att av odets tradar vava sorg. It almost sounds like he is mourning some kind of personal loss on these tracks. It’s powerful.

Another highlight is the albums surprisingly good production. Aside from Grahn’s atmospheric guitar work, the bass is mixed wonderfully into every song. I was a little turned off by the programmed drums at first but they really work with each track and don’t take anything away from them. Although the production is good, the albums faults lie within the production as well. As I said before, the album is supposed to give off a melancholic atmosphere but everything is way too quiet. If you want to get the most out of listening to this one then you’re going to need to turn the volume up loud.

There’s also a lot of variety on this release, even though there’s only four tracks. For the first track, En nyckel till drommars grind, you’re carried along a depressing and slow thirteen minute journey. However when the second track, Jag fyller min bagare med tomhet starts, you’re immediately thrust into chaotic programmed blast beats and guitar behind painful screams of sorrow. The third and fourth tracks on the album also feature some beautiful acoustic work that really stands out. Each song on the album is quite long but there’s so much going on in these songs to draw you in that they never feel boring.

Solens vemod gained a huge amount of respect for me this year because it really feels like a true, authentic depressive black metal release. It doesn’t overstay its welcome and being able to really hear how each of these songs was given amazing attention to detail is rewarding. It seems like new black metal has been coming out left and right the past two years and it’s hard to figure out what you should give your time to. But if you enjoy black metal then I recommend that you immediately move Nasheim to the top of your list if you haven’t heard this one. Solens Vemod is definitely a strong contender for black metal album of the year.

Recommend track: Atta v odets tradar vava sorg


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17WordHaiku
August 6th 2014


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope I was able to give an accurate idea of what i think the album represents and sounds like. I'm open to any and all criticism to help me with any reviews I may write in the future.

Artuma
August 6th 2014


16041 Comments


like for pretty much every new reviewer, it would help if you put album titles in italics and song titles in "quotes". also avoid writing in 1st person

otherwise excellent job for a first, have a pos

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zaruyache
August 6th 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good starting review, good album. Not amazingly good imo, but many atmosphere, much good wow

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17WordHaiku
August 6th 2014


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey thanks for the responses guys. I'll put your advice to good use Artuma.

@zaruyache haha yeah man i just love the atmosphere on this album. it really pulled me in from the start.

Artuma
August 6th 2014


16041 Comments


this looks like something i'd dig a lot

zaruyache
August 6th 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

had enough blast beats to keep me entertained, that's for sure. Just enough, but enough nonetheless.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2014


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Good review for a really good album, pos.

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17WordHaiku
August 6th 2014


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wish now that I would have been more descriptive with the tracks but I was afraid of it turning into a TBT review haha. I think I deleted the whole thing 4 or 5 times before I settled on this. Thanks Voivod. I held off on reviewing this for the longest time because I saw your sound off and thought that you might do your own review.

Evreaia
August 7th 2014


4060 Comments


would I like this?

osmark86
August 7th 2014


4548 Comments


I've completely missed this release. I second Evreaia's curiosity..

17WordHaiku
August 7th 2014


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Evreaia @osmark86
check out the albums third track i recommend which i just now realized i messed up spelling. it should be *Att av odets tradar vava sorg. the last 4 minutes are really something. i think it sounds beautiful.

osmark86
August 7th 2014


4548 Comments


it's right in the tracklist. it's swedish for "to weave sorrow from the threads of destiny" . yeah I'll give this ago.

thacoconut94
September 23rd 2014


761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album makes me trip fucking balls, no drugs on this trip

Wolfhorde
September 23rd 2014


13690 Comments


Cheesus, haven't heard from these guys since back when I got into metal.

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