Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LP Review: "Solitude" by TOTALSELFHATRED

Life is a series of contradictions that one must traverse in order to arrive.

Musically, my library is full of a vast array of opposites, but that's what keeps it interesting.

When not listening to records or the rare CD in the car, the dreaded iTunes shuffle is my method.

Because my playlists are simply the albums in my digital library all jumbled together, there are several amazing juxtapositions of music that pop through.

Sometimes the most brootal metal will be followed by Simon and Garfunkel. Bon Jovi serves the dessert to The Coup. When it comes to music, it's hard not to always head back to something Eddie Van Halen said...

Now, this is a paraphrasing, but it was along the lines of some bands like to turn corners musically, but I like to fall of the edges of buildings.

That's such a great description of how we at Glacially Musical feel about music as whole.

Well, this record on the legendary Osmose Productions starts off the edge of a five story apartment block with Sherlock and Moriarty having a go.

Then before you know it, Sherlock has jumped over the edge and begins to experience the most exquisite pain he's ever felt before he passes on.

In that moment he suffers for what appears to be centuries. That's what TOTALSELFHATRED has given to us.

In t he times when we start to forget about the building and the meeting that took place on top of it, we're drawn right back up to the top only to have the fall to repeat itself.

Solitude is a work of beautifully delicate black metal. Never does it allow the listener any peace. It's uncomfortable.

It's ugly.

It's an act of penance to listen to this record from start to finish. Once the penitent man finishes his time, his spirit will be full and his heart bursting.

Release: 4/27/18
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Osmose Productions

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