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Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg : Arcane Runes Adorn the Ice-Veiled Monoliths of the Ancient Cavern of Stars

The music of Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg has taken a direction that I could have never prophesised. There are still a lot of things that connect this release with the previous, but the style of music has changed immensely. However, once one gets used to the thought that Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg has entered a new era, one realizes that the quality of these tracks still equals those of the previous one.

The sound of Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg used to be a deep buzzing and bassy one with a clearly distinguishable and minimalistic keyboard. This has now changed into a more ambient state without the deep bass, and with the keyboard merging in with the noisy buzz that replaced the bass. Another major change is that I do not hear any vocals at all. They are completely gone. From being a band with a clean and barely distorted sound, Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg has now changed into a highly distorted noise chamber.

Still, as I mentioned before, there are still a few things that link this release to the previous ones. One of them is the depressive and thoughtful waves that seem to go on and on into infinity. Although lighter and noisier, the same aura of ever lingering sadness is still there. This is a thing that has not changed the least since the previous release, 'Tolling Beyond the Tombs of Ancient Grimnity'. Trollmann Av Ildtoppbergre still the masters of grim philosophy, just like they have always been.

This release is really hard to compare to any other bands. The closest one that I can think of is Xyxyxma's first demo, 'As the Glass Shatters'. The extremely distorted noisiness is just the same. Yet this EP is much more silent and heavier on the heart. Actually I cannot think of any other release that sounds as utterly depressing as this one. Remaining in good mood while listening to this would be quite an achievement in itself, but laughing is utterly and undeniably, impossible.

It might well be that what this EP symbolises, is the bleak dawn of a new era of Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg, but after listening to it for so long I can only conclude that if they keep up making music that has such high standards, then it doesn't matter how many changes they undergo. Because then they will still make CDs that will stand the test of time and ultimately become classics in the drone genre.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Arcane Runes Adorn the Ice-Veiled Monoliths of the Ancient Caverns of Stars
2. Aeons of Darkness
3. The Doom-Trolls of Grelch
4. Beyond the Void

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes.

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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