Forest Poetry (Reissue)
(Season Of Mist)
The final Ildjarn reissue is 1996’s Forest Poetry, which more or less is a hearken back to the debut. Punk riffs with dark edges still remain, creating what is still a proto-black sound long after it had already been firmly established by other acts at this point (remember that 1996 is what some consider to be the golden age of the genre) so I’m not sure how it originally went over with people who already had access to higher quality material at the time. We still see some fierceness in “Clashing Of Swords” but the next six tracks that come after it are short and forgettable. “Midnight Interval” manages to come in with a little bit of riff variation, and “Descending” marks the foundation that acts like Krallice would later pilfer and perfect; but it’s not until “Visions Of The Earth 2nd Returning” that I’m hearing something a little more interesting.
For the most part, Forest Poetry appears to be composed of the same riffs, the same monotonous drumbeats and the same amount of fuzz and static that you expected from the last two records. While the drums actually sound much better here than on the debut album, only the fact that Ildjarn started to compose traditional song structures makes it a little better than the debut. There are no electronics or experimentation on the record either, as it sounds very basic and that might be its greatest downfall. Perhaps I don’t quite understand the notion of kvlt, but the same song with a slight variation for an hour’s length isn’t in any way noteworthy; and comes off as pretentious and lethargic to say the very least. When listening to an album becomes a test of patience, you start to wonder what odd textures roil about in the minds of those who consider this work to be genius. (Eric May)
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