Category Archives: Musings on metal

Not that ominous

A review of “Ominous” (2010) by The Wretched End (Norway)

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Meine Seele wurde gebrochen (epitome of minimalism)

Review of “Das Seelenbrechen” by Ihsahn (2013)

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” Sigmund Freud

And let it be so. I love Ihsahn. I respect Ihsahn. The legacy of Emperor, experiments of Peccatum, melodies of Hardingrock, his work on “Somnium” by Thou Shalt Suffer and on “Blood Must Be Shed” by Zyklon-B charm, bewitch and fascinate, leaving nobody indifferent. For many metalheads around the globe – including those already worshiping “Das Seelenbrechen” – these words will be the ultimate truth. But on the general background of extensive praise to “Das Seelenbrechen” I still feel the need to pour some cold water on this work of Ihsahn.

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