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Tusmorke - Underjordisk Tusmørke Review

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Tusmorke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

Tusmorke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

Termo Records
Progressive metal band Tusmørke hail from Norway, and with their most recent release Underjordisk Tusmørke (which translates to “subterranean twilight”) they attempt to capture both the sense of their country's strong folk and pagan roots combined with a sense of mystery and adventure. They take advantage of their cultural connection to magic and trolls, and distill that into the sound on this record.

Underjordisk Tusmørke is very much about liminal space, a sense of nebulous in-between-ness that characterizes both the music and the theme. The layers are dense and complex, but somehow gauzy as well, and even at its most intricate this album never feels heavy. There is a sense of lightness, of translucence that is almost effervescent that characterizes a lot of the sound.

While the tone could be described as psychedelic, the pace of the record gives less the sense of hurtling through space so much as a softer kind of weightlessness, as though gravity had released its hold and left the listener suddenly buoyant.

The most metal aspects of Underjordisk Tusmørke tend to have the strongest connection to the folk elements of the record. While there is also a rollicking, heavy-ish smattering of krautrock in some of the song structures, the moments that the album becomes heavy are also the points at which it is more likely to turn weird, relying on traditional folk songs on instrumentation, or veering towards pagan themes. While there is little to tie Tusmørke to the vast majority of the folk metal scene, the heavier moments are often imbued with a haunting quality.

Underjordisk Tusmørke is a record that attempts to lift the veil, and to capture some of the eeriness and beauty that characterizes the idea of twilight. Anything that exists between solid states of being – twilight makes the blurred boundary between day and night, just as puberty is between childhood and adulthood – is at once dangerous and lovely for its indeterminacy, a concept that Tusmørke.

While this record is not a great work of genius and doesn't even attempt to serve as a definitive statement on this kind of inbetweenity, it does effectively capture a bit of the sense of vulnerability that twilight holds.

(released November 13, 2012 on Termo Records)

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