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oneyoudontknow, December 28th, 2010

The moment you start the release it is already over. Vague glimpses of something that can hardly be described as metal, left alone as funeral doom, pass by and leave no real lasting impression. Ambient, fragments of melodies by guitars, field recordings appear in a free style on Al-Ahlaam. The song-writing as well as the atmospheres sound random, as the listener might struggle with what is going on here.

One suspicion can be raised:
Was an entry at the Metal Archives created in order to give way to countless – as well as pointless – entries on music, every sane metalhead in the West would give a shit about?

Nortt wandered off into the ambient region not very long ago and also the depressive black metal genre has some clear tendency of progressing towards this genre. So, it might be natural to find facets pop-up again and again in some respect on one record or another. Nevertheless, an entire output, whose music was created nearly entirely with the help of synths and a pc, should raise an eyebrow. Especially when the music leaves a lot to be desired … like here.

Everything sounds cheap and comes without any sense of atmosphere and structure. Boring at best are those odd keyboard lines and their RPG/MMORPG-influenced sound, the absence of some sort of lasting ideas and the randomness of the compositions; the latter aspect should be emphasized, because once the record is over the listener might be confused about what this person just had gone through.