Aakon Keetreh
Journey Into The Depths Of Night



by Riva USER (19 Reviews)
March 17th, 2006 | 10 replies

Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

It is rarely that you can find an album that is picturesque, yet gut wrenchingly disgusting. The sort of album that goes from a stomach turning intro which peers into the tortured minds of madmen, to a beautiful piece that evokes images of a mournful trudge through the heart of a snowstorm. I would wager that only one genre could successfully create such an effort, and that is ambient black metal.

Lord Aakon Keetreh, with an experience gained from time in black metal legends like Belketre and Torgeist, is eminently suited to creating such a sound. His skillful weaving of misanthropy and despair into a musical thread is something to be appreciated, even if this music is an anathema to your tastes.

On this EP, traditional black metal tracks like Apogee of Despair and Journey vie with the slower, acoustic tracks like Until The Twilight (which features a brilliant pairing of piano and guitar, overlaid with haunting screams), and Och Venod. Interlayed with lamentations, screams of anguish, and the oppressive atmosphere of a funeral dirge, the tracks are musically complete, despite the lack of drums (a tradition amongst the Les Legions Noire).

Bedrovelse is somewhat disappointing, and it highlights the main problem with the album. Despite the short length of the songs (the entire EP is 11:42 long), the continual repetition of some of the slower riffs can ruin the atmosphere and grow tiresome in short amount of time. Although the drone is necessary in some songs, such as Journey, the most well executed tracks are those in which Aakon introduced both acoustic guitar and piano. These not only impart his message upon the listener, but retain the listener's attention. Och Venod is a shining example, and hence it is my favourite from this EP.

Both the intro Suffering and the outro Apogee of Despair are under a minute, and musically simple songs. The content of Suffering will test your ability to hold down breakfast, as it creates the sound of its title effortlessly. By comparison, Apogee of Despair is a single riff black metal track played well, and also is where Aakon makes best use of his distinct vocal stylings, with muted screams adding to the atmosphere.

Ultimately, though this album will leave you in awe of Lord Aakon's talent, it is the somewhat dismal approach to some songs that will leave a slightly sour taste in your mouth. But having said that, I am always genuinely annoyed that the album ends so quickly, and as such, I do think it is one of the finer ambient releases of the LLN.

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Apocalyptic Raids
March 17th 2006


I need to get more LLN material. Nice review.

March 17th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

gooood shit

Freezing Moon
March 20th 2006


Although I love dark ambient, I really am not a big fan of Aakon Keetreh. Suffering sounds like a gay orgy with a few orcs. I can't help laughing when I hear it.

As for the rest of the album, there are moments when the ambience is at its best and it sounds pretty good, but most of the time it sounds almost happy and just plain weak.

Good review though, I just can't call myself a fan.

March 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know about you, Tyler, but gay orcs in an orgy is enough to make me lose breakfast. :p

Freezing Moon
March 22nd 2006


It's enough to make me die of laughter and turn it off!

March 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Out of his three releases, I think I prefer the other two. However, it's been a while since I listened to this practicular release. I'll have to give it a spin again.

Regarding your review, it was excellent. You described his music quite well.

Edit: This is quite a bit better than I remember, however I don't like the vocals much. I've allways liked Aakon Keetreh for the instrunentals, which is mostly is .This Message Edited On 03.21.06

March 22nd 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

[QUOTE=Destined_for]I think this band is okay, but i really like Vlad Tepes[/QUOTE]

they're totally different.

March 25th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I know they are. Vlad isnt ambient. I was being stupid. My mistake.

December 10th 2009


so this is pretty much awesome, what else from the LLN should i check out?

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September 16th 2017


First bump in almost 8 years woooo

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