Tag Archive | Norway

Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky

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“That night, I watched people fucking on my computer”

Jenny Hval is a Norwegian singer. I don’t know much about her. I got the heads up on her from a post on facebook by Lasse Marhaug, who praised her. As I have a habit of delving into artists mentioned by artists I like (it all began when Limahl mentioned Prince in an interview…. (sic)), I gave Jenny Hval a listen, and was rather intrigued. Her sound is a strange dreamy/nightmarish poppy noisy experimental avantgarde one.

Her voice is soft at times and crooked and evil at times. I suggest you take a listen. Innocence Is Kinky is her second album, and well worth your time. Beware – it’s a grower!

http://www.discogs.com/Jenny-Hval-Innocence-Is-Kinky/release/4829675

Darkthrone – Black Death and Beyond

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Oh wow. I am really happy I bought this 3lp boxed monster. This is such a great collection of songs and the packaging is outstanding, Darkness Descends anyone?

I can never do this box justice, so I won’t try.

Get it if possible. Or regret it forever

http://www.discogs.com/Darkthrone-Black-Death-And-Beyond/release/5706140

Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

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De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is a monolith of dark, fuzzy and creeping evil. I remember my mate Kenneth corresponding with Euronymous, and my friend Karen sleeping a night in Helvete, being freaked out by a knife flashing and mumbling guy known as Greven – The Count.

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I also remember thinking that they took things way too far in Norway. When the killings and the arson was rumoured here in Denmark, I turned my back on most black metal. I have always loved Venom and Bathory though, so the frost remained in my veins – I know: 100% vn-kvlt.
During the last 5-6 years however, I have been smitten by that horned bug, and have learned to enjoy Burzum, old (and new) Darkthrone and last but not least Mayhem. Which (witch (hahaha, diabolical laughter)) brings us to the record at hand. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. And here it is, all the murder, arson and right-wing madness I turned my back at all those years ago. And even if I still reject the values and beliefs expressed in this record, I must admit that it is a masterpiece. Unrelenting and driving forever forward as a bloodthirsty Lovecraftian beast.
So if you have the same skepticism towards black metal as I had, I urge you – give it a try. Who knows? You might get hooked…

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http://www.discogs.com/Mayhem-De-Mysteriis-Dom-Sathanas/release/2683492

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