SMELL OF RAIN
ALBUM EARACHE RELEASE:
OCTOBER 22, 2001 REVIEW: OCTOBER 25, 2001
If all depressions had endings like this, the world would surely be a nicer
place. Norwegian troll-prince Mortiis has never sounded better.
He has said
that "Smell of Rain" is a kind of therapy-project and now he feels a lot
better. Well, he should. When "The Stargate", good as it was, best could be
described as kind of cinematic and ambient, "Smell of Rain" rocks. But
not in a death metallic Emperor kind of way. No, more in a Nine Inch Nails and
Sisters of Mercy fashion. And that doesn't cover it by far.
Mortiis grips the listener with his industrial synth rock right from the
Start, in the brilliant "Scar Trek/Parasite God", and almost never lets go.
There are two, and only two, reasons this record doesn't get a higher grade.
One: the production and mixing aren't quite state of the art and from time to
time "Smell of Rain" sounds like it was recorded in a cheap studio in
1983. Two: The uneven song material.
But, that aside: one of the best albums
of the year. And hey - Mortiis can sing!