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Musk Ox – Inheritance

Is anyone else surprised to see a classically-influenced instrumental album win this month’s AOTM? Granted, the month of July was no fall of ‘91 but this is Sputnik: ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’ has less votes on this site than Asking Alexandria’s 2017 self-titled release (yes, they do still make music.)

I don’t know what neofolk is. Ulver’s early work sounds like shit to me. What the fuck is a wooden grouse? Why am I listening to this neofolk album with literally a grayed out picture of a deserted railroad track on its cover, in the middle of July when it’s 110 degrees out? Why? Because it sounds metal as fuck.

Nathanael Larochette, in addition to having the most pretentious sounding name in all of neofolk history, serves as the group’s classical guitarist and co-composer, next to Raphael Weinroth-Browne. Larochette is also a member of the instrumental progressive metal band, The Night Watch, and boasts credits on Agalloch’s final album, while both Larochette and Weinroth-Browne have appeared on Woods of Ypres records. Musk Ox has appeared on compilations next to big-time nature metallers Empyrium, October Falls, and has shared the stage multiple times with the aforementioned, Agalloch.

So, in much lesser words, Nathanael Larochette is a metal guy who likes to make the metal musacz. And while much of this album sounds like the backdrop to a serene cabin in the middle of bumfuck Oregon, its dense and occasionally frenetic-sounding climaxes serve to waywardly appeal to those with heavier sensibilities.

Maybe Musk Ox can become a gateway band for many of us. For those of you whose mothers did not make you fall asleep to Bach and Beethoven every night as a toddler, maybe this will be your entryway into listening to more classical and instrumental folk music. But more (most) likely, we are using this album to fill those tiny, grouse-shaped holes that Agalloch and 90s Ulver left in our hearts. – DANcore





DrGonzo1937
08.06.21
big thanks to dan for stepping up.

SteakByrnes
08.06.21
Damn I had something drafted but nice write up dan, album is killer and one of my favorites this year

Sunnyvale
08.06.21
"What the fuck is a wooden grouse?"-Haha, this is great

DrGonzo1937
08.06.21
don't despair steak, i can add you to this too

SteakByrnes
08.06.21
Oh snap really? I'll finish it then lol

DrGonzo1937
08.06.21
yeah man. i have to be ruthless with this due to time constraints, hence asking everyone who voted. but i'll def add another enthusiast to the piece; it makes it all the more special

DANcore
08.06.21
Thank you guys, glad to have finally contributed something to this site besides 3.5/5’s

Slex
08.06.21
Really need to see what the fuss is with this one, nice write-up

MetalMarcJK
08.07.21
Great write-up for an excellent album!

Dewinged
08.07.21
Ok ok OK I'll give it a focused listen.

Gnocchi
08.09.21
Dancore is my new favourite blurb writer. pls stick around and do some more.

DANcore
08.10.21
Ah shit now imma have to lol thanks nocte!

MuskOx
08.10.21
Nathanael from Musk Ox here, thanks so much for the support! Really honoured to be named AOTM. Also just want to clarify that I was only the sole composer on the self-titled debut but composition duties for Woodfall and Inheritance were collaboratively handled by myself and cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne while the first track on Inheritance is a group composition. Also, we've shared the stage with Agalloch but have only appeared on compilations alongside Empyrium and October Falls but would love to share the stage with them some day. Thanks again!

DANcore
08.11.21
Ayyy what’s up Nathanael!! Sorry I called your name pretentious sounding

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