I've never come as far as buying or even hearing a VINTERSORG album. I'm not the biggest fan of Black Metal, but when I finally invested in the bands new album called "Visions From The Spiral Generator" I was actually eager to listen to it. The anticipation grabbed me, when I heard of the impressive line-up and was told that this was an album out of the ordinary. If I remember correctly, VINTERSORG is all about respect for nature and the purity of paganism, but when I press the play button, I hear quotes of the historical math professor James Clerk Maxwell backed up with twisted sounds.
After this disoriented matter, all hell breaks loose with the first song "Vem Styr Symmetrin" ("Who Controls The Symmetries" in English), jumpy bass lines, ultra technical drumming and heavy guitars all at once are thrown at you. To my dismay, the album is not what I had expected or hoped for, I wasn't expecting this huge chunk of Technical Metal. Some of the song's are too chaotic, messy and just weird, there's so much going on all at once it ruins the overall atmosphere instead of doing the opposite, which ruins songs like "E. S. P. Mirage", "Trance Locator" and others. However, there's also something to enjoy, "A Metaphysical Drama" has some good Nordic melodies and cool vocal harmonies, "Spegelsfåren" (that's "The Mirror Sphere" in english) sounds like AMORPHIS during their "Elegy" period mixed with seventies keyboards and "The Explorer" ventures into OPETH's well known acoustic territory with some X-Files sounds.
The all star line-up includes Steve DiGiorgio who plays his ass off with countless fills and technical finesses, just like his rhythm comrade Asgeir Mickelson from BORKNAGAR. Then there's the fulltime members Mattias Marklund and of course Vintersorg who is a bit of a poet which is reflected in his very weird but intriguing lyrics. The album has a high quality modern sound and was recorded at several studios, so there's no complaining in that department. It all ends rather trivial, VINTERSORG is dealing with a genre he's never explored in the past, a sound he needs to develop quite a bit and although the music is extremely well performed and some songs are good, it just isn't my cup of tea, it's too experimental. (Online January 25, 2004)