|Review: Svarti Loghin - Empty World|
Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 13, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
I got interested in Empty World ever since I found it was coming out. The forest painted on the cover is simply attractive, and somewhat promising of good darkness.
Hailing from Sweden, Svarti Loghin is inspired by Norway's own underground delicacy-the Black Metal arts. Apparently, the band is similar to Forgotten Woods and Alcest, still well able to project their own musical vision. Svarti Loghin create long (6-9 minutes) compositions built around grimness, as well as depressive and melancholic expressions. Their sound structure is composed of highly distorted guitars, clean, and sometimes dissonant, arpeggios, mid-fast paces, and desperate ghostly rasps. A pretty safe and winning formula actually. Often, the clean arpeggios are superposed with distorted ones or riffs, in a very harmonious way, thus unveiling their melodic, but depressively melancholic character. This very aspect is deeper felt when the mid paces, with calmer parts, are present. No acoustic guitars, just some ambient keyboards and electronics found in the last track, simply called "Outro". I can say that nearly all the compositions are worth mentioning, since many are simply great Black Metal tunes, such as "Inner Desolation", "The Silence Always Returns", and "Cold Void". I kind of have a weak spot for the title track, which includes parts from The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun". Even though this might sounds weird, it works out very well!
Empty World is a great Scandinavian Black Metal release.
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