Monday, August 15, 2011

Sorhin, "Ett Fonnordiskt Rike"



Because I've been fucking around on the internet and thinking about metal all day, here's a demo track by my favorite black metal band of all time. Sorhin hadn't quite pinned down their inimitable sound yet, but the atmosphere is there. The riffing and drumming in this track suggest a very strong Darkthrone influence, something that would become basically indiscernible by the time Sorhin put out the Skogsgriftens Rike EP. Of course, they didn't just drop the Darkthrone, they absorbed it completely into their own way of doing things. Originary influences persist, whether as hidden foundations or flickering shades.

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  2. The best black metal band nobody ever seems to talk about. Despite the sub-par demo quality of this, you can still feel those frosty melodies and the celestial character that I love "I Det Glimrande" so much for. It tickles me when only two people form a band and produce something richer and more well-written than a band of four or five. Sorhin's a great example, yes?

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  3. This may sound weird but it really reminds me of Lugburz era Summoning.

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  4. @B: FUCK yeah. It's sad these guys don't get more attention... I guess when a band is this good they either revolutionize a genre or get completely ignored. Interesting that you describe Sorhin as "celestial," because I've always heard them as "sylvan," the sound of the wild hunt! The fact that we can have those 2 different interpretations just goes to show what a unique atmosphere they created--so far beyond cliche that it really opens up imaginative possibilities.

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  5. @Anon: Never listened to Summoning so I don't really know, but your comparison makes me want to check 'em out. Also, its usually the "weird" comparisons that tell us something interesting about bands, and this blog is certainly a place for that sort of thing. So thanks!

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  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK8Tuqqn1UQ

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  7. I'm also feeling the Lugburz comparison. Spite Extreme Wing remind me a bit of that album as well. Lugburz is pretty underrated, mostly because of how different that album sounds compared to their later stuff (which is also excellent), but there's a real lust for life on that album that I really admire, particularly during the blasting faster sections.

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  8. @anonymous Summoning fan: Thanks for the link! This is totally my kind of stuff. And yeah, I hear the parallels to Sorhin, especially in the blasting sections and that breakdown around 2:20. Both bands do interesting stuff with harmony while preserving a degree of consonance. And they nail that grim, ancient feel.

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  9. @Anthony: Nice call with the S.E.W. comparison, they are awesome, and one of the very few bands who did anything remotely like Sorhin.

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  10. Rasmus from DenmarkAugust 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    I've been listening to this track and other Sorhin tracks that I've been able to find, and I have to say that this band does absolutely nothing for me. But I cannot help feel respect for you guys - I sincerely admire your dedication, enthusiasm, and no-holds-barred attitude. You've made me become aware of (and purchase CDs by) bands like Moment Maniacs and Malodorous and Last Days of Humanity, to name but a few. A big tip o' the hat from Copenhagen.

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  11. Rasmus from DenmarkAugust 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Well, what I was trying to say was that you, the writers of this blog, invariably make me want to check out new music, extreme shit I haven't been aware of before. That, I think, is the true power of good writing - making readers want to actively seek out further info on the bands you mention. Every morning (local time) when I turn on my computer, before I settle in for a day of work, I go to TrialByOrdeal and broaden my horizon.

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  12. @Rasmus: Thank you dude. That really means a lot to me. I'm honored to hear that our writing has become a part of your life, especially because I used to have exactly the same morning ritual with Cosmic Hearse (one of my big inspirations). Lately TBO has distracted me from following other blogs on a daily basis, but I should get back to that.

    As for Sorhin, I'm glad you gave 'em a shot! If it's just not your thing, it's not your thing, you know? Plus, Sorhin definitely appeal to a very specific niche of black metal listeners, which is probably why nobody's ever heard of them...

    Glad SOMEONE read that Moment Maniacs post, by the way!

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