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Ildjarn/Hate Forest - Those Once Mighty Fallen

Ildjarn/Hate Forest - Those Once Mighty Fallen
October 30, 2013, 11:12:49 PM
Info : From the cold blackened graves their shadows rise.... Osmose Productions releases unexpected ILDJARN / HATE FOREST split CD/LP, called "Those Once Mighty Fallen". Both dead bands are presented with their lost and forgotten recordings, accidentally found not so long ago.
ILDJARN's songs were created in the dark year of 1994 and HATE FOREST's- during cold winter nights of 2000-2001.
Now, carefully re-mixed and re-mastered this audio- terror is available first time. A real epitaph to sincere, true black metal. SPECIAL CASEWRAPPED CD EDITION for the first run !


This arrived in the mail super fast. Of course I'm an Ildjarn fanatic so I'll like it however it sounds, but if I weren't I would probably complain that it's 15-20 mins of ok but by no means great material. It's certainly not typical. The songs work more in the way of constructing visual imagery than emphasising emotion of hatred or coldness. It's also the only Ildjarn recording to use synth in the composition itself. It pales in comparison to Seven Harmonies demo from my initial observation.

Anyway the only Ildjarn albums that are really worth your attention are Forest Poetry, Strength and Anger and Hardangervidda which is the all time best synth album. Nothing else seems honest enough.

Nothing else? Det Frysende Nordariket, the two new tracks on Ildjarn-Nidhogg and Sort Vokter are all excellent. In fact, I think that is almost all my favourite Ildjarn material.

Norse Ep is my personal favorite, then various tracks from each of all the full length albums.  If i wasnt so broke right now i would have picked up all the new vinyl reissues by now, however it seems odd to put on Ildjarn and blast it in my living room.  I've only ever heard the music through headphones.

The title on this may be ironic because it can apply only to Ildjarn, and only if the band ships something bad. This isnít bad, but itís an entirely different form of music. Where older Ildjarn was an idiosyncratic expression in equal parts ambient black metal, drone hardcore and forest Oi/Rac-influenced metal like Absurd, this new material is clearly designed to sound like black metal. Its songs use typical black metal intervals, develop according to the pattern, and even use vocals in the same rhythms as early Dimmu Borgir or other first-and-a-half wave bands. If youíre tuning in to Ildjarn, you expect something at least as lawless and feral as his later work on keyboards; this will be a problem for many listeners. As far as quality, itís not bad at all and in fact is very natural-sounding, sort of like the first Dimmu Borgir or Graveland albums. Some have hypothesized that Ildjarn did not write the material, and the production changes and incorporation of additional instrumentation, in addition to the stylistic changes, suggest either a casual interest in this as a project to ďstay in the gameĒ or delegation of many musical tasks to a new team. Production sounds more recent than the early 1990s Ildjarn material. Use of background keyboards, faster bass riffing, textural discontinuities and other distinguishing effects show an interesting set of musical tools emerging, but the band may need to rediscover its voice. Hate Forest never struck me as being all that significant, but they make a very credible effort here, with production that matches the Ildjarn but is very carefully adjusted to sound as distinctive as possible. Their songs are fairly regulation black metal with an attempt to insert complex fills and transitions, and then to balance that, simplify the chorus riffs. The result is not atmospheric per se but achieves a relaxed atmosphere in which the focal point becomes the interruption, like a sunny sky with an intriguing cloud cluster. None of it is particularly distinctive but itís not bad either. Songs maintain atmosphere well but thereís not a huge amount of development here, so the band sensibly rely on circularity to keep from appearing jagged. A rumored Ildjarn interview claims that this release was an early 1990s project between himself and Ihsahn of Emperor, which could explain the resemblance to post-Reverence Emperor material.


I have listen to the Ildjarn/hate forest, well only the ildjarn part and it's good but not great. There's no cohesion between the songs. It's more of a best off. The last track is a little bit out of place in comparison to the rest. It looks like an Akitsa song. ''Gates to Bottomless Halls'' is to short for having any lasting effect.
One song that I liked is ''Mountains Covered with Snow Forever''. It's sound like a mix between hagandervidda or landscape with metal music. If done right, there's potential in that.