Last post for Sol y Nieve week, four releases from one of the more interesting label dealing with black metal and the like. Sol y Nieve has a very interesting and varied rooster with talented proprietors of the dark and bleak soundscapes, and with some more interesting packaging and presentation. From Yellow Eyes and Monvment, with their harsh and raw black metal, to more slow and pondering bleak landscapes of Footpaths and Golden Fawn. One thing that shines through all the releases is the creativity and the will to make something new and emotional, and that is what I respect most from the label! The worst thing a label or artist can do is not to make something bad or down right atrocious, but to make something boring and bland. A piece of art that doesn’t give you a new experience or convey any emotion what so ever is the death of art and creativity. So what if it sounds like it recorded with a potato, or if it doesn’t follow any rules, as long as it gave you and emotion or made you think or see or feel something in a different or new way, it has succeeded. The fact that Sol y Nieve has these unknown, experimental and personal cassettes, makes them shine in my eyes and I applaud them wholeheartedly!
Nemorensis is, what a shock, a new and anonymous band from Canada, I presume, and their first release is Lady in the Lake, released in conjunction with Hellébore. They play a dark and dreary form of black metal, or as they write on the release page, “grey” metal, which I can agree with. Slow, bleak, dreary, lo-fi, recorded in the room next door, any of those adverbs would describe Nemorensis as well as any one used to describe an atmospheric black metal band from this side of the record industry. There isn’t really anything extraordinary here, except for a well made and great atomspheric black metal band that doesn’t go overboard with synths.
Besides a gray atmosphere and despair, Lady in the Lake comes bound with a scroll and twine. Gimmicky, superfluous, yadah yadah yadah, this is more than music, this is kvlt blakk metal! But that is a topic for another day. This is great music with appropriate presentation, pure and simple!
Lady in the Lake, atmospheric gray black metal, scroll, great label, buy it.
See you next week for some new ritualistic crap!