NAPALM, SOUND POLLUTION RELEASE:
MAY 26, 2004 REVIEW: JULY
walking in a dark and gloomy, but
kind of beautiful and majestic forest.
The air is heavy with rain, but somewhere
a hidden glen ahead light glitters
and beckons. Suddenly a sprit of the
forest starts to sing, matching and
outshining the light. Further down
the path the glen becomes clearer.
You can’t quite seem to reach
it, but you struggle on, drawn in
by the beautiful song.
a while the thrill of the chase is
gone and the spur of excitement you
felt when hearing a growling demon
– from time to time –
trying to catch the spirit has subsided
in you. All the trees now seem quite
alike and you start to lose interest
in that damn glen. Then, the spirit
sings again, and you struggle on.
don’t know if that shimmering
freehold in the forest is reachable.
Liv Kristine Espenes Krull’s
beckoning and Kate Bush-like vocals
and the heavy, gothic but at the same
time rather poppy music by the members
of Atrocity – lead by the spouse
of Liv Kristine – Alexander
Krull –- maybe promises too
much. But as a debut "Lovelorn"
is quite impressive. Had Liv Kristine
not sung opera-like as in "Return
to Life" (but all you Nightwish-fans
out there are going to like it) and
had her voice and music not reminded
me so much of a heavy metal-Enya,
this could have been a great album.
that said, when "Lovelorn",
and the trudge through forests and
by fjords, starts off with "Norwegian
Lovesong" and contains such male-female
vocal performances as in "Oceans
Way" you can’t really go
wrong. Especially when the journey
through Liv Kristine's creative mind
is this much more interesting than
that of her husband and his band on
their newest album "Atlantis"
– a kind of gothic death metal
without interesting twists. Just don’t
expect to be led by hand through the
trees, and don’t be sad if you
can’t make the trip in one go.
The heavy guitars of Atrocity paired
with the lush and beautiful vocals
of Liv Kristine can get a bit tiresome