Formloff - Spyhorelandet
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-08-08
Highlights: Den gamle jorda, Kon-Tiki Museet brenner
It took me weeks to search for the ugliest black metal release of this year, and when I saw the artwork of the album Spyhorelandet for the Norwegian avant-garde black metal band Formloff, I could simply imagined how much sick and creepy are the moods of this release, the artwork contains a naked female with a rotten skull head is embrace-peel her back. Formloff has been created in 2002 and now the band is presenting their second full-length album Spyhorelandet.
This record contains less avant-garde elements than the previous album Adjo Silo, and contains more darker and more aggressive elements, the total sound of this album is actually sick and mentally distorted, a lot of creepy chord progressions and so many freak screamy vocals are included within the structure of the album. The vocals in this album remind me a lot of the album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas for the Norwegian black metal legend Mayhem, and they also remind me of Niklas Kvarforth, but with more dynamic ranges and more throaty spaces. The quality of the record is cold-hearted and classic, and it actually matches perfectly with the lunatic black metal riffs and the furious drumming.
The lead guitar edges are cutting the progressiveness of the performance and add more echoes to the shouts of the rhythm guitars, the blast-beating moments and the Hammond organs melodies are fighting against the disharmony of the black metal riffing, even the saxophone entered this record to add more anarchy and confusion to the songwriting, and it smells so epic. The whole work of this album is simply mixes all the influences of (Mayhem, Shining, Funeral Mist, Darkthrone) all together and smudges them with the creepy touch of avant-grade, the result is a total disorder, but that kind of disorder that you will surely adore.
Overall, you can throw all the releases of the modern black metal behind your back and look forward for a modern-classic insane black metal record like Spyhorelandet, the holy noise of this record will chant epicness inside your library, I recommended this album for all the fans of the Norwegian black metal acts of the early 90s, don't miss one minute of this record without feeling the orgasm of chaos and wrath.