Thursday, August 11, 2011

Skitliv/Skandinavisk Misantropi/Seasons Of Mist/2009 CD Review

  Skitliv are a band from Norway that consists of Maniac formally of Mayhem and Kvartorth the mastermind behind Shining that play a musical style that I would describe as a mixture of black metal, doom metal and noise and this is a review of their 2009 album "Skandinavisk Misantropi" which was released by Season Of Mist.

Drums are mostly slow throughout the album which gives the music a very doomy feel mixed with some mid paced drumming while the effects utilize a lot of noises that are influenced by avant garde noise music as for the spoken word parts they are very poetic as well as depressing.

Bass playing is all slow with only rhythms being utilized that follow the riffs coming out of the guitars, while the rhythm guitars are all slow doom metal riffing with some effects being used and they occasionally use mid paced riffs and on one song there was some fast black metal riffing as for the guitar leads have a noisy sound that seems to be influenced by 70's metal as well as some black metal.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some clean vocals that are present on one song that where provided by David Tibet of Current 93 fame have a very poetic feel to them, as for the piano when it is used it has a very dark avant garde feel.

Production on this recording which was recorded at Loco Studios in January 2009 with Kvartorth's guitars being recorded by Grim at Grining Studios sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are on the album, as for the lyrics they cover theology, Satanism and some depressing themes.

In my opinion this is a good album and I would recommend to all fans of black metal influenced doom metal, however if you expect this album to sound like Mayhem or Shining you might be disappointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS ARE "Slow Pain Coming" "Skandinask Misantropi" "Towards The Shores Of Lies" and "A Valley Below".


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