|1. Skogens Hjärta||1:08:40|
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Обзор @ Satanicarchangel
Astounding, a natural progression from one of the most emotionally damning bands on earth
First and foremost, post rock is a genre that is most notable for it's heavy reliance on the musical technique known as a climax. A climax is a build up and then sudden release of energy that has become increasingly prominent in the scene, with several note worthy metal bands using this technique as of late. Bands such as Isis and Agalloch have been known to integrate this into their music with great success. So how well do Hypothermia mix it in the context of a depressive black metal record? Hypothermia do it really well, the music works great when infused with various post rock elements, it allows for a calmer, more laid back Hypothermia to shine through. A side to the band that has been touched upon before but never explored to the point that Skogens Hjärta has.
Whilst Hypothermia still retains a little level of black metal, most profoundly in the guitar tone and production. The sound is more clean cut, more relaxing and soothing, dissimilar from the suicidal dirges of the past. The band still retains a certain distinct aura of depression, yet somehow it is not obtrusive, it's subtle, in the background, creating calm melancholic underlinings to the music. The music as a whole is very simple, there is no need to be complex or technical on Skogens Hjärta, the music is emotionally vulnerable on its own with this simple delivery of post rock arpeggios mixed with a little black metal influence to create a simple yet extremely powerful sound. The music is of course highly repetitious by nature, a few simple riffs flow along calmly, being repeated until they finally wear out their welcome, which can take more than just a few minutes. The minimalism is great, allowing the album to retain a strong sense of atmosphere and emotion that would have been hindered with a much more complex display of musicianship.
Skogens Hjärta retains a fully instrumental alias throughout the entire duration, it allows the music to do the talking. Although I would of course have loved to have seen a vocal performance by Kim Carlsson I'm perfectly happy with the decision to keep it instrumental. It keeps it simple, allowing the music to speak for itself, therefore giving the album room to connect with the listener on a much more personal level. The atmosphere is utterly phenomenal in my eyes, it's nothing short of powerful and is an utterly enthralling listen. It's far removed from Hypothermia's usual dark and oppressive atmosphere, taking a far more dismal and dreary tone to the music. It feels lonely, isolated, yet strangely comforting, as though after years of struggling with depression the thought sets in to embrace it, to love it, to become one with the sadness within and to let it overflow and consume you. Skogens Hjärta can toy with the listeners emotions as easily as a cat toys with a ball of yarn.
For those avid Hypothermia fans out there who might be looking at this review feeling disgruntled at the change in style, hold it right there! This is still clearly Hypothermia, the music still retains their dense atmosphere of negativity, it's just wrapped up in a cleaner and fresher post rock passage. All bands need to adapt and evolve to stop their sound from stagnating, from going stale. I for one am glad of the change Hypothermia adopted, their sound comes from the heart, and not from genre conventions they feel like coating their music in, the core of their music has remained the same and I am very thankful because of that. Hypothermia throughout the course of their career have created some of the most emotionally naked pieces of music I have ever had the pleasure of listening to and they're not about to stop. Hypothermia are as hard hitting and devastating as possible, all with the added bonus of taking a post rock side to things. A very welcome change in my opinion.
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