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Review: Solefald - Pills Against The Ageless Ills
Pills Against The Ageless Ills

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 46:14
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 12, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Pills Against The Ageless Ills

Rated 3/5 (60%) (13 Votes)

Solefald is a band that has been around since late in 1995. They are a black metal band but with a definite twist. This is not your run of the mill black metal with the screeching vocals and lyrical imagery that most black metal bands conform to. This is more in the vein of the last Diabolical Masquerade album "Death's Design". The music is very diverse with a definite focus on melody and atmosphere.

To be honest I had never heard any of their previous works but I have heard quite a few people mention them and not always in a good light. From what I gather from their detractors is they are a band that like to change their sound quite a bit from one album to the next but from what I hear from fans of the band is that they are a band that like to challenge the preconceived notions on what they should sound like. After listening to this album I will have to side with the fans of the band as I thought the album was excellent as a whole.

This album contains really well written songs with more than just a little variety. There is a lot going on in each of the songs but it seems to fit really well together and the changes come across as being meshed seamlessly. This is a concept album with the story of two brothers (Cain and Fuck) who are polar opposites of each other. One is a pornographer (Cain) and one is a half-monk half-performance artist (Fuck). Must be another irony written in to name the monk "Fuck" instead of the pornographer..:). The lyrics aren't really told as a story but rather as a dialogue of the two brothers, which is something else, I found quite interesting. I really have to give these guys credit for trying something really out of the ordinary and pulling it off this well.

Overall this is one of those albums that you may not get the first few spins but will slowly grow on you. The music and lyrics are very well written and really deserves more than a quick spin before making up your mind. Personally I think it is excellent and if you liked Diabolical Masquerades last one you will most certainly like this as well. Black metal fans with an open mind in general should like this and even those that are not overly impressed by the genre may want to check this out as well. Highly Recommended.

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