Solefald - In Harmonia Universali

8.3 | 70 votes |
Release date: 2003
Style: Progressive black metal, Avantgarde metal


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After the very lackluster "Pills against the Ageless Ills", I didn't really have much hope for Solefald. Not because that one was a bad album, but rather because it seemed to be a bit rushed and simple in the musical department. Too streamlined, if you will (Cornelius' pennery was top-notch, though). This album, on the other hand, served as a reminder of why I fell in love with Solefald when "Neonism" came out. That album was a veritable catalog of musical schizophrenia, right up there with "La Masquerade Infernale" and "Department of Apocalyptic Affairs": Cornelius' fierce shrieking was juxtaposed against drum n' bass loops, semi-jazz guitar noodlings, Lazare's choral chants, and plain good old-school METAL. "In Harmonia Universali" was described as a more cohesive version of "Neonism", and while that could be true, I'd rather define it as the unlikely offspring that Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Emperor would spawn. Except for Ihsahn's horrid singing, of course. Perhaps the best song to exemplify this approach would be "Christania", whose lyrics honor the great Norsk painter Eduard Munch. After a great choral opening we get a brief Hammond interlude which immediately goes back and forth to pure black metal riffery, with chorus vocals provided by three guest vocalists! Way more progressive than, say, Vanden Plas or garbage like that.

published 19.06.2004 | Comments (1)

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Norway's Solefald is the collective genius and combined talents of Cornelius and Lazare .
The bands avant-garde tendencies were clearly stated when their debut The Linear Scaffold was released in 1997. The album was hailed for it's unconventional experimental take on music, and proved that they weren't about to follow the legions of melodic death metal acts that emerged at the time. Their second album, Neonism, was released two years later, and while not as well received, still managed to establish the band on a broader scale. 2001's Pills Against The Ageless Ills was a stripped back, more streamlined affair that saw the band revert back to a sound more akin to their debut.

published 02.08.2004 | Comments (1)

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27.06.2016 - 09:17
Disappointing to me. I can see the potential in some of these ideas, none of the songs are very good as whole though.
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