|Review: Svarti Loghin - Drifting Through the Void|
|Drifting Through the Void|
Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Drifting Through the Void
It is not a good sign when halfway through the first song on a CD I stop whatever I am doing, turn to the CD player, and say "What the FUCK?" – and I mean actually say it, not just think it. Svarti Loghin are a Swedish band, this is their second disc, and I am not sure I have heard a more worthless or misguided album in a very long time. They call themselves "Depressive Black Metal", which is pretty funny, as the only thing I found depressing was that anyone - ANYONE would call this "Black Metal" unless they were making a very bad joke.
Let us be clear – this is an acoustic folk rock album. The electric guitars here are so muted and subdued they might as well not be there. There are a few rasps here and there, but they also serve no purpose save to give idiots something to point to when they claim this is 'extreme' in any way. Svarti Loghin have one songwriting tool, which is to write a single acoustic riff and repeat it for seven minutes. They do throw in a few breaks and such, but really, each song is one acoustic riff played over and over. These are not even haunting and beautiful riffs, as might be found on an Agalloch album – these are terrible poppy riffs that would not sound out of place on a Pearl Jam or Alanis Morissette album ( I had to go look up how to spell her name you bastards, you BASTARDS.) This is later confirmed on the title track, which features horrible Eddie Vedder-styled vocals. You all think I am exaggerating to make my point, but the dreadful truth is that I am not – the title track of this disc is indistinguishable from a Pearl Jam B-side – you could tell someone that's what it was and they would completely buy it. And let's not forget the vomit-inducing cover of Sabbath's "Planet Caravan". I mean I literally-I-am-not-kidding threw up a little in my mouth when it came on.
There has been an increasing movement lately of acoustic boo-hoo wannabe's trying to skank their way into the Black Metal scene through the loopholes of "Ambient" and "Depressive", and I think this album is proof – if proof is needed – that it has gone far enough and everybody should just get out of the motherfucking pool. There will be whining that I don't have an open mind, but I'm sorry, we need some fucking standards around here. We need to say this is metal and that is not, and when something sucks - as here - we need to just call a spade full of shit a spade full of shit.
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