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Dødheimsgard - Black Medium Current

8.2 | 268 votes |
Release date: 14 April 2023
Style: Avantgarde black metal, Industrial black metal


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01. Et Smelter
02. Tankespinnerens Smerte
03. Interstellar Nexus
04. It Does Not Follow
05. Voyager
06. Halow
07. Det Tomme Kalde Morke
08. Abyss Perihelion Transit
09. Requiem Aeternum

The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal Album Of 2023
Top 20 albums of 2023: 8

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Released via Peaceville Records

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I first listened to Black Medium Current on the day of its release, and since then it has eluded me putting it into words. More than a month later, I'm still fighting its elusive form, but eventually I did have to sit down and write about it. Now is that time.

published 20.05.2023 | Comments (4)

What if Pink Floyd played atmospheric black metal? Doesn’t Black Medium Current’s cover art vaguely remind of The Dark Side Of The Moon? Doesn’t its music have this progressive structure, this floating feeling, where one song bleeds into the next, securing a flow that most albums don’t even come close to achieving? Doesn’t it sound immaculate? Aren’t the vocals infectiously quirky, despite the departure of Aldrahn? Don’t the electronics give that familiar avant-garde touch? Doesn’t the piano sound as demented as it has ever been? Is this album a surprise? No, it is not. Dødheimsgard have proved time and time again that they are capable of mind-bending music. Black Medium Current is both mind-bending and earwormingly accessible. An excellent entry point for the uninitiated, and my personal favourite of this spectacular band.

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16.06.2023 - 08:07
Rating: 8
This is my first time listening to Dødheimsgard and I'm assuming they've gone through many changes over the years but listening to this on its own I really enjoyed it, however I completely understand pretty much any criticism anyone would have of the album.

It definitely takes a few spins to digest it but that doesn't necessarily mean it will grow on you. The album is pretty consistent throughout, even with occasional surprises it doesn't stray far from its core sound for long so if it's not your thing after a song or two then it's unlikely that later songs will change your mind. The singing can be off putting but I got used to it rather quick. The vocal layers can be enchanting when they don't sound... so weird. I'd prefer if the instruments were as high as the vocals in the mix but the vocals are usually the driving part of each song so it works as it is. At times Vicotnik's singing reminds me of ICS Vortex and the music reminds me of Arcturus, so I'm sort of viewing this as the successor to Arcturian which I think is a fair comparison, although the writing here is more progressive and arguably superior.

It is very easy to zone out and end up wondering how a song got to where it did. To some people I'm sure the writing seems disjointed or sloppy but after a few listens I think there's a lot more talent to the craft than that and I find that all the songs have good flow and instrumentation through their sections. I've had parts of this album randomly pop into my head a couple weeks after not listening to it which keeps bringing me back to it. Tankespinnerens Smerte and Det Tomme Kalde Morke are probably my favorite songs.
04.07.2023 - 06:49
Rating: 9
It took me a few spins to fully warm up to this album but I gotta say this is kind of a hidden gem.

Not only do they manage to create a new never before heard sound by mixing elements together that seem a bit counter-intuitive but they actually make it work well for the most part with some pretty good songwriting to top it off. The creativity at display here alone is deserving of respect but when a band is also good at songwriting and takes the risk to try something new that's when you know you found a truly unique piece of art.

Admittedly there are 2 or 3 moments that are a little bit "too much out there" for me which is what is keeping me from giving this a 10 but I rather listen to an intresting album with a little bit of hit and miss than to another boring conventional album.

Also the outro song is absolutely beautiful.
15.07.2023 - 18:27
Rating: 8
I am not ashamed to admit that I don't really understand the album fully, musically. I like it though. The start of It Does Not Follow is still playing in my head. There are also other parts of the album with such melodic, surprisingly catchy sections but they are fleeting in nature.
Leeches everywhere.
17.11.2023 - 19:19
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
So far this is my AOTY. Lots of albums to listen to still though.
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum

30.12.2023 - 19:17
didn't listen too many new albums this year, but this has to be my AOTY. no doubt.

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