True North - Bad Religion

Less is more

True North is a quite excellent and theoretical, exciting album. But in reality it will be a little too far in the saliva and with the exception of a few numbers, so that never comes true in time. I am sure, however, that dedicated Borknagar-fans will love it, and point out that I'm completely wrong, when I can't see how brilliant the endless keyboardpassager is. It is definitely not a bad album, it is a nice and well-produced work created by passionate and crazy talented musicians, but the change is – unfortunately – not that you could have shaved several minutes of the album without problems.

Hippie Black?!

Norwegian Borknagar is a fun band. Fun in the sense that no two of their releases are the same, and they have done exactly what they wanted – and True North is no exception. One moment you sonic molested by the classic Norwegian black metal, and the next one sits in a circle and sing kumbaya. I can't help gnægge a little about the album title. I think definitely, that the band has chosen to use the word "true" (trve, if you will) to the letter a little to some of the many black metal purists, there is, and as happy and unprovoked come with their opinions on the genre – especially if it deals with bands from Norway. But there are traces of classic Norwegian black metal on the album, or is it just a big hot hippie hug? Yes and no.

Uriah Heep with blastbeats

There are lots of traces of classic black metal Borknagars 11. album. There are plenty of tremolo guitar and plenty of blastbeats, but there is just as much keyboard and beautiful song delivered by ICS Vortex – the whether someone is a blackmetal veteran. It is an album that is hard to be wise, for that happens pretty much on every single number. Even the shortest track "Lights", which is "only" in five minutes, has a wide palette of multicolored elements, so it is an album that makes demands on the listener. The album's biggest weakness, however, is the more slow and melodic numbers which are a little too big contrast to tracks like "Up North" or "Thunderous", which, basically, is just running away. The same applies to the number of "Wild Father's Heart", which also makes it great for me. Number, reminiscent most of all about a forgotten Sigur Rós demo and are simply woven and bland. Fortunately, liven the plate up again right afterwards with the song "Mount Rapture", which has lots of black elements in it, and Borknagar works absolutely the best when they combine blackmetallen and drømmepoppen. So you can really hear what it is that makes them so unique and commendable. In other words: When Borknagar in the grey area between moshpit-frenzy and lighter-in-air – then it is the brillierer! But on the numbers, where the balance tilts too much to one side or the other, then that is their foundation begins to crack cracks.

But the main problem is therefore numrenes length. I have nothing against long numbers, on the contrary, but just because a song can last eight or nine minutes, so don't do it. Just because you can cram a three-minute hammond organ solo into a number, yes, so you do not need to – if it is not adding anything to the number. And it's kind of a feeling, you are sitting with, listening to "True North", namely, that it is a little too much filler, which removes the focus.

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