Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Get Into: Of The Wand and The Moon



When I listen to Sonnenheim, I feel like I'm coming home to a place I've not yet been. It calls to me from the past and future. Two years ago, lonely and self-loathing in the depths of winter, I would play this album as I fell asleep. It drew my shade onward towards warm hearths, high halls, and green circles. These two songs, really a seamless whole, perfectly capture that sense of beckoning, welcoming, embracing.

7 comments:

  1. Great album! Have you heard the Solanaceae record? Really good stuff from essentially the same project.

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  2. @Rob: I have not, so thanks for the tip! And I just checked out Lurker's Path (though I think I've stumbled across it before). The site's got a distinctive aesthetic--you guys seem to find common threads running through a broad array of stuff. I dig it, even if you do cover DSO and Krallice :P When I get around to setting up a proper blogroll I'll be sure to add y'all.

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  3. Thanks a lot, Pavel. I've been meaning for a while now to compile a 'Lurker's guide' to the best metal criticism online, so keep an eye out for that: TbO will get some heavy repping, being, as it is, full-on tremendous. For the same reason, I'd be interested to know what other sites you're planning on adding to the blogroll, in case I've missed a few gems.
    I suppose we do cover quite a broader range of stuff than many sites, but it's always music we love. We make an effort to check out new bands that are trying something different. Sometimes it's shite (the metal plus shoegaze/krautrock/psych/post-rock hybrids are genreally dreadful), but most of the time it pays off, and I end up loving something I'd have otherwise ignored. If you've not found any love for Krallice and DsO then you should give them another go.

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  4. Cheers Rob, that's high praise! As far as suggestions for that guide, I'm afraid my reading's fairly standard. I'm a devoted Cosmic Hearse follower, but that isn't really criticism per se. I'll let you know if I think of anything though.

    As for my opinion of Krallice, you should read our earlier "Hypehammer" feature on Diotima. I've even seen them live twice (last week, most recently), and have never failed to be dumbfounded by their lack of musicality. I'm more open to reconsidering DsO, as I've not actually listened to a ton of their stuff. What I've heard has struck me as the same kind of pompous noodlefest as Krallice, but it'd only be fair to check out a full album.

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  5. oh and Solanaceae is great! cool that its a bit closer to traditional folk music, with the fingerpicking and whatnot. speaking of which...you're from the UK, do you like Gravenhurst? One of my favorite bands in any genre currently putting out music (though the project seems to be dormant at the moment). Definitely gotta write about Nick Talbot on TBO at some point.

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  6. Well you should at least give 'Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice' a fair chance. That one's a long way off from Krallice's sound, and far more rooted in the genre's traditions. My own favourite is 'Fas', though, which is a lot more dissonant and rhythmically weird. I don't imagine you'd get on with the latest ('Paracletus'), as it's a lot 'noodlier', but maybe if you work through them systematically you'll see some sense behind the developments in their sound. Who knows.

    Some pompous and noodly metal is great, though. If you haven't heard Tarihan then you should give it a spin, if only out of curiosity. A very different kettle of fish from Krallice and co., and far less polished. I suspect you'll either love it or hate it, but it might just tap into that part of your brain that makes you like Sorhin.

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  7. Haven't even heard of Gravenhurst, but will give it a listen tonight. Thanks for the tip!

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