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Meslamtaea: Unorthodox black metal

Meslamtaea - Niets En Niemendal

Meslamtaea is exploring the paths of unorthodox black metal since the nineties. After the debut New Era was released on Eisenwald Records in 2005, the follow-up album Niets En Niemendal continues in the same tradition. The record is out February 4th. Niets En Niemndal is dutch and translated to English it`s Nothing And Nothing and Afgrond is the first video from the record.

Though the tracks are a lot more consistent, it is still very hard to put a label on Meslamtaea’s music. Elements from all kind of (sub) genres are blended into a genuinely atmospheric and melancholic style with a post-apocalyptic lyrical concept. Music wise, think of a mixture of old Ulver with Alcest and Mournful Congregation. A highly impressive piece with a unique way of songwriting, especially if you keep in mind all music was written, recorded and mixed by just one individual.

With Niets En Niemendal, a very personal, non-orthodox and introspective album is performed with full dedication. Meslamtaea is among the top of Dutch avantgarde-ish metal among Murw, Phlebotomized and Krocht. The album comes in jewel case with 8 page booklet plus mini-poster with the fantastic original conceptual cover drawing my Maya Kurkhuli (Blackdeath, Cultus).

The music is heavy and dark, and the album starts off with spoken words that fits near perfectly to the music. The spoken words can be heard throughout the album, and there are some blast beats in the faster section of the album. The sound is powerful but melodic and often very atmospheric. The variations of and mixture of fast, slow and mid paced parts adds dynamic and make the music even more interesting. Some crazy black metal sections are intriguing and the avant garde parts are often very fascinating.

A pair of the tracks are epic, and some progressive injection refreshes.  Some of the tracks are using acoustic guitars and synths give an atmospheric sound, and fast tremolo picking gives a raw feeling. The lyric have a post-apocalyptic themes. Meslamtaea is a very original black metal band, and if you looking for something special in tmetal the dutch band is probably something for you?

Om Ulf Backstrøm (2503 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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