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Hard to believe that it’s been 25 years already. It was through an old friend that I first laid ears on this album. I remember that he had bought it on vinyl, probably at Tracks at Ward’s Corner in Norfolk, VA, but I don’t quite remember.
What I do remember is initially being terrified by what I heard on this album. Not necessarily in the overtly satanic lyrics, but in the raw sound of music. Poorly produced and performed, apparently all by Quorthon himself, this album and the band grew on me. It was catchy.
I still spin this a few times a year. It takes me back to the halls of Portsmouth Catholic High School in my junior and senior years (86-88). Those were great times for music discovery and for the circle of friends I ran with. There were also some dark times intermingled there and as music often does, it brings out emotions and memories of a lot of things.
I love all Bathory up to and including Hammerheart. I tried everything after and it never did anything for me.
It’s not very often that I hear an album that grabs me by the throat with one hand and slaps me around with the other. The forthcoming release by Austin, TX’s Ancient VVisdom (yes, that is with 2 Vs) does just that. I was fortunate enough to get a promo copy of the CD from the band and have been listening to it a lot in the last couple of days.
I first heard the record a week ago riding around with their bassist and I just sat in his van tripping out a bit. Trying to describe this band’s sound is not so easy. It’s metal, but not what most would typify as metal. My first thought when hearing them was mid-era Bathory with much better vocals and a lot less drum work. Bathory’s “One Rode To Asa Bay” was the first thing that popped to mind. That’s not a bad thing as I liked some of the more melodic Bathory stuff. This album is very mellow…but heavy.
But this is still a bit different. Nice clean vocals, acoustic guitar backed by electric more in the background for enhancement. Drums are minimal, more used for percussive effect and not necessarily for just “playing the beat”. All of the songs are catchy and very memorable. Nathan Opposition’s (f. of Integrity) vocals fit perfectly. The album conjures a little early Pink Floyd as well and to a lesser extent and surely unintentionally I hear some of the atmospheric tones used on Tiamat’s Wildhoney album, which was hugely influenced by early Pink Floyd as well.
The one rub for a lot of people may be the overtly satanic content of the lyrics. You won’t miss it when listening to it as it’s right there. For me personally, I’m indifferent to lyrics by most bands. If it sounds good it sounds good…and this sounds good.
I’m attaching a song that they posted on YouTube but it will not be on the June 7, 2011 release on Shine Box Recordings. It will at least give you an idea of what’s in store. Highlights for me are the songs Alter Reality, Necessary Evil, Lost Civilization and World of Flesh, especially the 2nd half of that song. The riff is just wonderful!
All I can say from here is buy it when it comes out. It gets a 10/10 from me.