SOL “Offer Thy Flesh To The Worms”

Release Date: March, 2011

Label: Van Records

I have no idea how many people are aware of this band, but I regard SOL as one of the hidden treasures in Van Records and Europe’s experimental (yet deeply devoted in its roots) music in general. After releasing two of the finest albums the doom/death metal genre has ever seen (in the veins of early ANATHEMA, MY DYING BRIDE, early CATHEDRAL, yet with a far more nihilistic approach), Emil Sol Brahe took different paths, through collaborations with bands like BLODTRU or GRIVF during 2010 and now has come to us again with his most spiritual work to date.

“Offer Thy Flesh To The Worms” is mainly an acoustic drone album but I find it more of a collective of folk/ambient sounds coming straight from the heart of the European continent before it was corrupt with the modern overconsuming way of life. A series of traditional music instruments has been used to forge elegies that, in an abstract level, bring into them something of a DEAD CAN DANCE or DEATH IN JUNE aura. Yet the spirituality of SOL is one that comes from the depths of European pagan heritage (and this statement has nothing to do with racial superiority or any other similar retarded thinking, it has to do with history and tradition) and is able to awaken memories long ago buried in our minds’ deep corners.

This may be the first text outside of metal on this blog but SOL and this record in particular carry much more feeling and much higher meaning than a thousand pseudo-epic “pagan” metal bands. This is a 38 minute presentation of a whole continent’s roots and roots can never be ignored…

~ by antifleshnimbus on December 7, 2011.

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