“ALSÆLA GEGNUM ENDURFÆÐINGU” TAPE EP
BARGHEST (NOVEMBER 2011)
You know, I’m really happy tapes are back in the game! Okay, the same reasons might not lie behind the releases like back in the day when tapes were more affordable than compact discs and CDr’s weren’t available. Now it’s also about achieving a similar style as once was, not only with the music but also with the format. It’s all cool with me, I don’t care either way, I like tapes and that’s enough of a reason for me. They take me on a nostalgic trip back to the days when I used to send out countless “hidden money in envelope” each month.
Yet, although the format might be ancient Vansköpun’s Metal is modern. There’s a hint of Swedish orthodox Black Metal to be found here with a lot of suicidal tendencies added to the mix with horror and death. Click this link to get a bit of deformity straight from the tap.
What matters here as well is the effort put into this. We’ve seen too many cassette releases that have been recorded in someone’s bedroom and as swell as that all is it’s always great seeing people putting in that extra effort and actually shipping the shit away to be properly mixed and mastered. In Vansköpun’s case the mixing was handled by Árni from Carpe Noctem and the mastering was handled by Kark from Dodsengel. You kind of know that you’re going to get something good when those two are involved if you are familiar with what they have been involved with before.
The tape itself is comprised of three tracks; “Genesis 6:17”, which could be put down as an intro as it clocks in at little under three minutes compared to the eight minute mark the two full tracks, “Botnlaust Tómið Hungrar” and “Alsæla Gegnum Endurfæðingu”, seem to be going for. The title track brings the tape to a rather subtle and mellow end which is fitting as the beginning is also very subtle, very relaxed.
For the people that miss the glory days of bands like Ondskapt and even lesser known prophets such as Orcivus and Mortuus this is a good addition to their collection. “Alsæla Gegnum Endurfæðingu” has the same atmosphere that surrounds many of their releases without being a sterile carbon copy.