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Review: Solefald - In Harmonia Universali
In Harmonia Universali

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 60:21
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 6, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
In Harmonia Universali

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (8 Votes)

Solefald is one of those bands that make genre defining more than a little difficult. Hailing from Norway they released their first album back in 1997 (The Linear Scaffold) and I first got to know about them after their third release (Pills Against the Ageless Ills). I was quite impressed with that album since I had never heard anything quite like it before. The new album is the fourth of their career and once again it is an album that is more than a little difficult to describe.

The band is made up of only two members, Cornelius and Lazare and the latter also being a member of Borknagar. To say the album is experimental would really be an understatement since at times the tangents they seem to drift off to are really out there. The first song on the album "Nutrisco et Extinguo" is a perfect example of this. Starting as a straight up melodic death metal song and then near the middle and the end a piano and keyboard come into the song which seem to take the song in a totally different direction. Vocal choirs abound on this album and added with the changes between clean style and dark almost growling lead vocals this really adds a lot of depth. The whole album seems to be an exercise in diversity and once again Solefald pulls it off.

Overall this is yet another good album from Solefald and one that people that liked their previous efforts will certainly enjoy. This is definitely an album worth checking out but be forewarned this may take a couple of spins to catch everything that is going on. Highly Recommended.

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Review: Pills Against The Ageless Ills (reviewed by Christian Renner)
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