I have never been attached to this band in any way. Their pre Avant-garde albums are supposed to be great and from what I’ve heard it sounds very atmospheric and tempting. I accidentally bought “Visions From The Spiral Generator” because of the fine musician line-up but ended up being very disappointed with the whole thing. It was a bad execution of a rather interesting idea. I had already given up on the band but when I heard a 4-minute montage of the new album I couldn’t help but think to myself “maybe this will work after all” and here I am listening to “The Focusing Blur”, satisfied with the outcome.
Take one look at the song titles above, how many of them hint at a very complex album? That’s right, all of them except “Curtains”. VINTERSORG: once a band for heathens and people bound to the beauty of nature now a multicoloured generator; VINTERSORG himself is starting to make some sense by combining his lyrical matters, speaking his opinions from a universal perspective and breaking the tradition of singing in his native tongue.
My number one complaint towards “Visions From The Spiral Generator” was the low-grade in structure; if you’re going to make experimental music it wouldn’t hurt to have some structure over your compositions so the listeners can navigate through a song. Ok experimental music should distract and confuse you at first but as long as it’s interesting and well done it’ll do. The bands pilgrimage to find new sounds continues, so brace yourself for this one cause the music is even more fucked up but also has better structures within the songs, not so damn vibrating if you like.
Having an intro and one outro immediately adds a more rational level of structure to the album. The album has a more sedative atmosphere, songs like “The Essence”, “A Sphere In A Sphere (To Infinity)” and “A Microscopical Macrocosm” have plenty of acoustic guitars and other warm touches, which definitely allows you to sit back and enjoy the music. “Curtains” is nothing but a misleading song title; definitely the weirdest thing on the album, so weird it makes me wonder if VINTERSORG’s mental condition is all that well he he.
Like the previous album “The Focusing Blur” has some outstanding musicians; taking part in VINTERSORG’s new vision are Steve DiGiorgio on the bass and BORKNAGAR’s drum machine Asgeir Mickelson, both doing their jobs flawlessly.
I was very sceptic at first (even after hearing the samples); with all the activities in Mr. Hedlund’s life (HAVAYOTH, ION VEIN, FISSION, BORKNAGAR and countless other projects) you damn well should suspect a rushed product, but I guess the man has been extremely “focused” when making the album, you can hear there’s an artist at work here.
On their way of making a sound that truly is special and less Black Metal with each release, the band has captured me with a profound grip of Progressive Metal known as “The Focusing Blur”, get this if you’re into SOLEFALD, BORKNAGAR and other Avant-garde Metal explorers. (Online February 26, 2004)