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Depressive/Suicidal Black Metal (DSBM from here on in) is my favorite genre, there's no denying that, there's so much emotion and negative thoughts associated with it, it's some of the ugliest metal you will find (which says alot, with metal being an ugly genre within itself) and it relies so much on the listeners interpretation of the music, you cannot 'pretend' to enjoy this music, you either do or you don't. When I find a band such as Hypothermia, every emotion is drained a thousand times over and every negative thought is amplified to unfathomable amounts. This is truly a gem in the metal underground.
Rakbladsvalsen is different than previous Hypothermia releases. The production is different, which is noticeable from the beginning, not necessarily better; I enjoyed the thick bassy sound on their previous efforts, it just gave off a chilling aura or darkness, pain and death (as cliched as that sounds, it really did), the production on Rakbladsvalsen gives a more 3D effect to the album, the guitar's riffs are much easier to interpret and the drums are much more audible and authentic sounding. Of course the vocals are audible, and fucking magnificent.
The album essentially sounds as if it's one long, repetative song. Sounds bad, I know. But as all DSBM is, this album relies strongly on the listener. If you let it take you away, you'll be in for the most painful experience of your petty life, if you judge it right away, i.e. "dis is 2 reptativ", you'll be bored out of your mind. It'll take you into the void, on a spiritual journey so to speak, and fucking hell, it's amazing.
Essentially, this album seems to be one long song broken up into four sections ('dels'), as each song possess the same emotions and even carrying over the same notes, chords and riffs. The only real difference between each song is that Del IV is a clean played electric guitar. While the others are played with distortion. The album, just as much DSBM does, relies almost completely on the listener's interpretation of the music. If there was no emotion in this release, four repetitive songs, lasting about an hour long would just be sheer torture.
I can't give a brief description of each song, but I can give a summary of all of them; they are mentally draining, they physically painful, they produce emotions that cannot be described. The guitar tone is thin with alot of gain and treble, the drums are simple throughout the entirety of the album and the vocals are performed to the best of Kim's ability (and that's saying alot!). Incredible, incredible album - although, it's not be for everyone... and this isn't even Hypothermia's best work.