one of the reasons most mainstream music…

…doesn’t work for me is that there are too many people involved in crafting any random track, and it’s impossible to understand who they are and where they are coming from. Supposing they actually meant anything when writing, and the biggest reason is, of course, that they did not. Okay, they meant to get paid. That’s that.

It’s different when you dig deeper. No, even deeper. Way deeper.

I have written about Borknagar recently, and I figured that checking out their current vocalist’s solo stuff could do no wrong.

And it doesn’t get any more solo than this: Vintersorg the band is Mattias Marklund on guitar and Andreas “Vintersorg” Hedlund on everything else.

It’s a similarly awesome sort of music – different enough from Borknagar, but there are all those cool elements here as well: an integration of “darker” metal genres like viking/black with just about everything else, to the point that any genre definitions disappear, really. I’m not fond of those abstract labels like “avant-garde metal” or whatever; they are meaningless. We could analyse each and every individual track to break down every harmony or rhythm and figure out what genre these are most often found in… but who needs it, in all honesty? Let’s just say they don’t come together that often in a precisely this fashion.

Many Vintersorg albums are written exclusively in Swedish. Here is a video with a Spanish translation. It’s still better than nothing, isn’t it. Either way, it’s one of those songs that just make you go “what the hell was that”, in a good way.


2 thoughts on “one of the reasons most mainstream music…

  1. Whoa. Beautiful. Absolutely going to check out the rest.

    “Avant-garde metal” started to mean one particular thing for me: the specific way the guitar sounds in riffs, like… strength of materials.

    But then, what I know to be avant-garde metal is only what Mike Patton has ever told me was avant-garde metal, and there’s often a strong industrial tone to whatever he recommends.

    1. Yeah, a similar thing here: I know a guy who uses this label to exclusively describe a certain strain of darker theatrical femfronted bands. I’m honestly thinking of inventing my own genre system and sticking to it so as to spite the very spirit of metal journalism lol

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