Album Review

SOL – “where suns come to die” – [Cold Spring Records UK]

Naysayer   2/9/2016   A Library, CD

Danish doom in the form of SOL on Cold Spring Records is a richly orchestrated, somber take on the loss of beliefs and ideals while one ages and passes from this plane. Lyrics by Emil Brahe, read by the deep voiced Thomas Bojden of Die Weisse Rose, talk of slight moments of hope, the passing of time, loss, decline. It’s all very dark and thoroughly enjoyable. The instrumentation of pump organ, electronics and sampler, tuba, violins and vocals create rich, passionate dark moods of thoughtfulness and sadness. The music sounds like something Stanley Kubrick would have jumped on, especially with his Ligeti fascination. The ongoing tale of the narrator as he faces the loss of his existence, and the hopelessness of his actions in life is a bit of a cold slap in the face. This type of dark gloom I enjoy. The musical accompaniment adds to and accentuates the message as well as caring it on its own. Brutally thought provoking.

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