Svartidaudi - Flesh Cathedral Digi-CD
"Flesh Cathedral" may surprise a lot of people who listen to it the first time - I certainly was, because it sounds so accomplished and meticulous in its technical crafting. It certainly doesn't sound like a first album but more like a second or even third album: the songs all seem to be part of a concept that's taken time to develop (and for that reason the album is best heard in one sitting) and the music's execution sounds well balanced, tight enough but not too tight. The band's preference for dissonant chords does mean the music sounds superficially similar to famous French black metallers Deathspell Omega and the Icelanders may well have taken inspiration from DSO in their song-writing and concepts. Everything else they do here though is different: Svartidaudi don't go in for avant-jazz rhythms, theirs is a more doomy style of black metal.