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Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg : Tolling Beyond the Tombs of Ancient Grimnity

After the first magnificent and original demo, Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg has become one of the most influential drone bands. Their trademark sound consisting of single monotonous bass and equally monotonous synth, is excellent when it comes to creating cold and bleak soundscapes.

For those of you who do not know Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg already, allow me to introduce them. Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg is Norwegian for 'magician/warlock of fire peak mountain', which is an odd name for a band that in reality comes from England. As said, they only use two instruments to create their music. The deep wandering bass and the brighter synth form a perfect couple and create a rich yet simple music. Another of their trademarks, is the way in which the music always seems to wander on and on, never having a beginning, never finding an end. An eternal path of doomed philosophies.

After listening and enjoying their demo for quite a while now, I had quite different expectations for this EP. Unlike the chaotic wanderings of the music which was seen in the demo, they have instead focused on the calmness that their first work gave a preview to. Now the chaos has been sacrificed for the cause of embracing a more smooth and thoughtful calmness. This is music that gives you plenty of time to ponder about our miserable existence.

Does anyone remember the ground shaking bass of 'The Forest Of DOOM'? For those who enjoyed it, this EP includes a new and longer piece (6 minutes longer to be exact) in the same intense low, low bass. Not to mention a blood chilling horror synth that gives the whole track a kind of unsafe aura. Something new and something old mixed into a track that just creeps slowly up on you.

The very same track, 'Doom's Children', also has the only vocals to appear on the album. This was another surprise. Unlike the more hidden vocals of the demo, this speech is loud and deep. The lyrics are short, but interesting as - like everything on this album - they make you think. When only a few words are chosen, why those exactly? What is the special meaning behind them? Hmm....

It is clear that the music of Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg is maturing, and maturing fast. It is clear that they will continue to be one of the bigger names within drone for quite a while. There is a third release out which I have yet to hear, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Aether
2. Doom's Children
3. Tolling Beyond The Tombs Of Ancient Grimnity

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes.

Visit the Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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