With a virtuous degree of originality, yet maintaining intact and honoring the traditional legacy of the genre without distorting it, Vemod proves itself to be one of the most fabulous black metal recent releases. With furiously rapid, but perfectly enthralled guitar lines, Solbrud conceives in a reflexive and formidably astute sonorous style peculiar impressions of a philosophic sense of eternity, imponderably inserted into an expansive and ever increasing sensorial perception of palpable infinity. In a rustic, yet vigorously sophisticated and densely sensible musical universe where everything seems enchanted and credible, Solbrud creates scenarios of genuine artistry, that elevates the soul of the listener into another path of gigantic intensity.
Despite a rude fascination that seems endless and invulnerable, there is an intrinsically dilapidated poetry subtlety inserted into Solbrud’s music, that comprehends the overwhelming stature of their goals. Although their sound may seem a little bit generic at first, this impression soon vanishes as you get acquainted with their marvelous and very singular style of black metal, that makes extensive use of sentimental and melancholic passages – interchanged with the more extensive and hazardous aggressive interludes –, so profoundly poetic that easily reaches the unseen skies of an antagonistic planetary solitude, where everything is beyond the highest perception of the human nature.
The album unfortunately suffers from a general uniformity, that sometimes makes the songs sound too similar to one another, and this is a major motive for me not to consider Vemod a masterpiece. Nevertheless, this is a very good record, to such an extent that I positively recommend that nobody that is an avid enthusiast of the genre should neglect hearing it. Solbrud is a terrific band, and Vemod, throughout its entire fifty minutes run, proved itself to be a fantastic and audacious BM experience.