A band: HOGSTUL, a brain: Kjetil Ytterhus, also keyboardist with PROFANE BURIAL, an album: “Ominous Fragmenta Tuptdalr“. Three long tracks including an eponymous one: “A Nightmare at 40 Fathoms” of 12 minutes. A style: symphonic black metal. Some will say: “ah again a Norwegian symphonic BM band!” True, but at the same time it’s just as natural for a Norwegian to practice this genre as Melodic Death Metal for a Finn.
In no way, we cannot deny his inspirations as well as the dismal atmospheres of old horror films, with these theatrical and funeral sides. Note some similarities in the genre with CARACH ANGREN.
The title may seem incomprehensible, but it reveals how deeply rooted the man is at its point of origin: Tuddal or former name, Tuptdalr!
The man is intelligent and pleasant to listen, explaining or justifying the musical and artistic direction chosen in the album. This musician who officiates in PROFANE BURIAL is full of ideas and transposes through his music his most intimate thoughts and for some perhaps the darkest. However, he does not forget in his last song to celebrate his eternal Norway through its sometimes hostile nature. Some prefer to write, he chose to express his inner self in a musical way.
However, the path is arduous, difficult to access, the slope is steep. The first listening can let the listener stunned and in a certain wait, with unresolved questions, what does Kjetil Ytterhus wish to express and deliver us as messages? I think quite frankly that everyone according to its state of mind and natural disposition will find what they want as answers. On the contrary, this dense and expressionist music is above all else radical, demanding both for the musicians and the audience. Whether you like it or not this album will not leave you indifferent.
Release date: February 12th, 2021
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