Solefald is no more. This is their legacy to the world.
Today when I was at work I opened my Facebook feed and while planning to come home and write about this album a strange coincidence occurred: the first thing that appeared on my feed was note on their page saying that Solefald called it quits.
I thought: damn, why would they do that after recording this great album World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud? It’s anyone’s guess.
It’s sad, but this album is figuring in my list of the best albums of 2015 so far, and it’s only April!
Featuring Lazare and Cornelius Jakhelln,This disc shows a mix of crazy sounds, rhythms, changes of vocals, everything occurring in a vortex of pure metallic creativity in the vein of Borknagar, Enslaved and the likes.
The first song World Music with Black Edges is simply astonishing blending electronic and “acoustic” parts, in a very heavy and fast paced music, difficult to understand and since the first time I’ve heard this track I thought: this is the very future of metal.
The Germanic Entity continues the difficult-to-grasp music, in an avant-garde way, the production is noisy, although clear: I explain: While everything is “audible”, the myriad of instruments layered one upon another make the listener to pay close attention to what is actually happening. Over again the clear and harsh/guttural vocals appear to cause a delicious confusion, while the tune de-accelerates a little bit giving space to more melodic parts, but that doesn’t endure very much, because the layered Norwegian heavy metal takes over everything.
Another highlight is Future Universal Histories, this one works more like a “single” for the album, because it encompasses everything that World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud stands for. The riffs are second to none.
2011, or a Knight of the Fail is another title that envelopes the idea of the album. Not so confusing, still clever as fuck.
Too bad that after 6 albums, an EP, a demo and a compilation, Solefald is no more. Maybe now people learn to give credit that they always deserved. Great, great album INDEED!
Oh I forgot to say: IT’S APRIL FOOLS DAY MORONS! Have a nice day!
World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud is out now on Indie Recordings
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)