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The 3rd and the Mortal : In This Room

Oh my god! After not being too impressed by 'Nightswan' and placing some question marks next to 'Painting on Glass', I did not expect this! This album is simply gorgeous!

Having combined their experimental ambient sound of 'Painting on Glass' with jazz influences and a slightly noisy touch this album is so emotional it is scary. An opening track like 'Stream' almost puts me to tears and it sets the trend for the rest of the album. At times sad, at times angry but at all times dreamy, atmospheric and freaky. Other highlights like 'Harvest" and 'Sleep' make this to one of my all time favourite albums.

Having said this I must note that a lot of metal fans will probably not enjoy this release. Not just because of the jazz influence but also because it is extremely experimental and most of the time even more mellow then most pop records.

My only point of criticism is the track 'Sophisticated Vampires' which is too experimental even for my taste and I simply can not digest the vocals.

It's a true shame that after first losing K. Ruesl├ątten on vocals, vocalist A.M. Edvardsen also decided to leave the band after this release.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stream
2. Monody
3. So Pure
4. The Wooden Lodge
5. Sophisticated Vampires
6. Harvest
7. Did You
8. Myriad of Peep-holes
9. Sort of Invisible
10. A Touch of...
11. Hollow
12. The Barge
13. Sleep

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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