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JORD


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (199 Reviews)
April 13th, 2018 | 225 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another post-black metal band who prove to be more than just another post-black metal band.

Arguably, it’s only recently that audiences have recognised the considerable aftershock that Deafheaven’s second album “Sunbather”, left on the metal scene even after 5 years since its release. Simultaneously captivating and corrosive, it showcased the glorious result that can be yielded when blending contrasting soundscapes of delicate shoegaze and abrasive black metal together in such a cohesive manner which numerous bands are attempting to replicate. Similar to bands such as Sunn O))) and Agalloch, the band made such a craterous impact that, in terms of longevity, meant the album would be remembered for years to come. Nevertheless, one negative to that level of success is that any band who illustrates even a semblance of what “Sunbather” contains is instantly subject to comparison.

Hence why it proves incredibly difficult for upcoming bands who all follow the blackened shoegaze movement to forge their own standout identities. Møl, a Danish quintet signed to the reliably brilliant Holy Roar Records roster, is the latest band who attempts to claw their way through the bottlenecked ‘blackgaze’ scene and break the surface. On paper, nothing differentiates them from the rest of these bands. Flashes of gradual soaring melodies atop exasperating howls are in abundance, shivering rhythms imploding into pensive interludes while yearning guitars that melt your heart erupt into furious tremolo at calculated moments only to freeze it once more are frequently practised during the shifting moods that “JORD” undergoes. Admittedly, Møl’s arrangement of this contrast of emotions over their debut is seamless, heightened by the ebbing instrumental “Lambda” which offers the audience respite halfway through the album. Clearly, it is not how Møl displays a beautifully icy aesthetic that makes them stand out from the pack, rather, it is the way in which they execute it.

Standing at a scrape over 40 minutes, “JORD” is a short album considering how expansive the sum of its parts sound. Herein lies the secret to Møl’s success: the band is able to create an expansive, spacious and free atmosphere which allows their ethereal elements to develop and breathe without sacrificing their brevity and urgent charisma. “Bruma” commences with a slow, forlorn riff dripping in melancholy only to be swept away by a tidal wave of hallowed screams and tumultuous black metal. However, the melancholic riff resurfaces above the torrents of black metal riffing throughout the song. Likewise, the swift drumming during the spacious shoegaze elements in the techy “Vigra” and the pulsating guitars smothering the incensed vocals in “Storm” upholds both the swift pace Møl plays to during the slower reflective intermissions and the vast uplifting impact they can deliver amongst bleak, seemingly impenetrable walls of sound.

Like a set of railway tracks, rage and tranquillity travel alongside each other over the course of this debut where Mølintroduces enough of a balance between emotional weight and furious energy to render them dissimilar to their counterparts, which they surely will build upon across future releases to enhance their own growing identity. Other bands merely retrace their influence’s steps closely and similarly enough to be mistaken for their shadow, yet, “JORD's” biggest success is that it oversees Møl walking alongside these reputable blackened shoegaze artists and post-everything bands instead of trailing behind in their wake.



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DungeonBoy
April 13th 2018


5068 Comments


Good review man.

"one negative to that level of success is that any band who illustrates even a semblance of what “Sunbather” contains is instantly subject to comparison."

I think about this a lot. Any band that mixes those major chord tremolos with blasting and black metal screaming often does come off resembling SUN BAT HER. They weren't the first band to do this, but they were the most successful and kind of made everything after it difficult to sound truly unique. Before even reading your review the resemblance ran through my mind.

I gave this a listen and it's quite solid and pretty, but not wholly interesting enough to come back to. Have you ever jammed White Halo by the Japanese band Heaven in Her Arms? I've been digging that a ton lately. It's like blackgaze mixed with Hymn to the Immortal Wind by MONO. Really good stuff.

https://heaveninherarms.bandcamp.com/album/white-halo

NorwichScene
April 13th 2018


2734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant debut

MarsKid
April 13th 2018


7713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, was waiting for this to drop. Saw you rated it and hoped it'd get a good write up. Solid review as usual my man, will definitely be jamming asap

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Casavir
April 13th 2018


2427 Comments


I think about this a lot. Any band that mixes those major chord tremolos with blasting and black metal screaming often does come off resembling SUN BAT HER.

Maybe that just goes to show how gimmicky Sunbather was as an album.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2018


24487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

does that mean every album that established a sound is gimmicky

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Casavir
April 13th 2018


2427 Comments


"does that mean every album that established a sound is gimmicky"

Only when their sound lacks anything in the way of substance.

DatsNotDaMetulz
April 13th 2018


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shit I've had this for about 2 weeks I need to get around to reviewing this.

Beardog
April 13th 2018


2592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gimme dis

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TheFantasticDangler
April 13th 2018


1998 Comments


"Only when their sound lacks anything in the way of substance."

Jfc this dude is something else.


Casavir
April 13th 2018


2427 Comments


"Jfc this dude is something else."

Oh, please. There was nothing that Deafheaven wasn't doing that bands like Bosse-de-Nage and The Great Old Ones weren't already doing before (and arguably better).


TheFantasticDangler
April 13th 2018


1998 Comments


so that means they 'lack anything in the way of substance'?

Casavir
April 13th 2018


2427 Comments


"so that means they 'lack anything in the way of substance'?"

It exacerbates that problem, yes. Not only does the general aesthetic not seem unique at all but the composition underneath all the cosmetic factors just seems lackluster. It shares that problem with shoegaze. I just listened to Loveless by My Bloody Valentine for the second time (my first time being years ago) and despite it technically being the best shoegaze album I've heard, it could only manage a score of 3 because it falls flat on its face for the first half because the tracks either outstay their welcome or just aren't good at all. There's another example of what I'm talking about.

TheFantasticDangler
April 13th 2018


1998 Comments


sounds like you just don't like shoegaze bro

Casavir
April 13th 2018


2427 Comments


"sounds like you just don't like shoegaze bro"

Yeah, I mostly don't. The montonous song structures and mindboggling levels of pretense that much of the genre seems to possess doesn't exactly help matters either.


TheFantasticDangler
April 13th 2018


1998 Comments


lol Loveless is a ground breaking album, im not a huge fan of the genre either, or even that album but i'm not going to pretend im better than it or ignore its merit

Casavir
April 13th 2018


2427 Comments


"i'm not going to pretend im better than it"

lolwut

"Loveless is a ground breaking album"

Sonically, sure. I haven't said that it's not influential. I'm just saying that despite its aesthetics, it really doesn't hold up on repeat listens especially with that disappointing first half.

TheFantasticDangler
April 13th 2018


1998 Comments


how is the first half disappointing, this is exactly what i mean lol
it does hold up over repeated listening, its a timeless classic for christ' sake, its cool you don't like it that much though

BallsToTheWall
April 14th 2018


49145 Comments


Hot take Chamber.

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Asdfp277
April 14th 2018


19331 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is ø closer to "o" or "oe"? someone edit the band's name pls, use only ascii

Scoot
April 14th 2018


19126 Comments


sunbather was as influential as any album of the 2000s

like it or not that album was groundbreaking



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