Laying sleepless in my bed, flipping through my newly added music folders and Discogs on my tablet, a distant feeling of nostalgia struck me during my sombre and melancholy thoughts. A forlorn memory of an old love for a very under appreciated album struck me like finding a old shoe box of mementos tucked away in the deepest reaches of the closet. This resulted in laying awake in the deep night reminiscing of a good time in my life when I was beginning my exploration into the sweet world of avant-garde music, with (V.E.G.A.) – Far From You as one of my guides. Lost to the iron grip of iTunes DRM policy, the album fell into my mental backlog of albums, until now…
(V.E.G.A.) is a interesting experimental black metal band from Italy and Norway with the band members also playing in the obscure band Organ:. Since their creation in 1998 they have released three album with Cocaine released in 2002 on the label Legione Dell’ Arcangelo and re-released in 2006 through Debemur Morti. In 2006 they released their second album Alienforest – A Sick Mind’s Hologram, on Occult Sadism label. It features songs from Cocaine, with new material; and the album was, again, re-released through Debemur Morti in 2009.
The same year yielded Far From You through Vega-Korporation, and it is a big step from their earlier works, which was in the area of experimental industrial black metal. Far From You has so many elements and influences from various styles of music, and I can’t be bothered to break out a Excel spreadsheet to list them all, so let’s just call the album avant-garde metal.
Far From You is platter of delicious soundscapes and desolate atmospheres, bound together with a sauce of perfect composition. All the different parts of the songs blend together beautifully, with only some transitions noticeable on the 28-min opus Lost Frequencies. “But”, some of you doubters might say, “isn’t the album just a mishmash of different segments of smaller songs stitched together just because they couldn’t be bothered to come up with names for them all?” No, I don’t agree with that statemehttp://www.debemur-morti.com/en/nt. Far From You is an experience meant to be hear through from start to finish as a mood piece. Oceania is soo good, and the album has consistent feeling to it which goes right up to the top of atmospheric dark ambient albums. Think of it not as a traditional metal album, but more as a soundtrack for rainy days and forlorn dreams.
Far From You is a forgotten and fantastic piece of the brilliance of avant-garde metal and an excellent soundtrack for lost souls! Definitely worth trying to find! Unless Debemur Morti would be interested in going three for three and re-releasing it on their new and sleek label. (Void would be stupid not to…)