Nordvis Produktion, 23.12.16 Henrik Sunding from Östersund in Sweden, better known as Nachtzeit in black metal circles,
became 30 years old in December. He most likely got many congratulations there and then, but who's thinking about him today?
Everyone just think about themselves. (It seems I'm the only one thinking of me.) But good-hearted Gorger sends a warm thought
and a cordial belated best wishes to a young Swedish man who has past and presence in a hellish dozen of completely unknown
obscure bands within black metal and corresponding genres.
The biggest exploits are drumming for Hypothermia, and the man's more famous one-man band, ambient and
black-atmospheric Lustre. Nachtzeit is (as the title suggests) a self-adulating one-man project. A year ago he released the
EP Där föddes en längtan, and a year later, the band's second EP was released while average
Norwegians sat in front of their TV screens in order not to miss out on Dinner for One, which for some reason is always
aired the day before Christmas eve instead of on New Years eve.
The press release describes this 17.5-minute release as “minimalistic, monotonous and primitive Nordic Black Metal”. At
least one doesn't attempt at creating false expectations. The title Sagor I Natten (Sagas/legends/folk-tales
in the night) could otherwise have indicated something a little more adventurous and folk-inspired.
This is quite right stripped-down and unvarnished black metal with thin, sharp sound and songs with marginal variation and
near zero substance. After two songs comes a short and repetitive snippet of medieval synth-based atmosphere, better
known as dungeon synth. Finally, we find almost seven minutes long Där Allting Har Sin Början, which
continues where the two first left off.
Sagor I Natten has a certain mood and I appreciate the savage rawness, but the music is simply too
uneventful for me to see the point. This is allegedly recommended to fans of Burzum & Ildjarn. I've
hardly bothered to wast time on the former after Hvis lyset tar oss, and I've never seen the charm of the latter.
I'm turning this one down. You decide for yourself:
It's hard to get going after an extended break but it's time to roll up the sleeves. Some serious work has indeed been
conducted in the background over the past week. More on that subject later.
From Los Angeles comes The Replicate, a one-man band residing in the technical department. Indian
Sandesh Nagaraj has been part of different bands, both before and after moving to the US, but is now
laying the first brick in a new chapter by himself. He has received some help, though, on this first ten-minutes sign
of life, an EP with four tracks.
The first three tracks consist of progressive technical extreme metal with a surreal atmosphere. The songs work nice
together, but have enough distinctive flavour to avoid becoming a unison stream. Although the songs are short, they cover
much ground by moving through hilly landscapes and offering many divergent segments. I can't avoid getting certain
associations especially from the two first tracks.
The final track is instrumental and dreadfully dreamy, and some Hindu heritage can be “sensed without being present” in
the reverberating vibrations of the guitar strings.
Sandesh Nagaraj has written the music and accounted for most of the bass and guitar, while the drums have
been left to Ray Rojo, former colleague from Fractalline. The vocals on the first three songs are assigned
to three vocalists, and we find a few other guests which adds a little bass and guitar. A Selfish Dream is distributed via Transcending Obscurity, and gives hopes of good and idiosyncratic music in store.