Distant in Solitary Night
It seems like Judas Iscariot records two albums a year, and on top of that,
Akhenaten manages his own label and participates in his other band,
Sarcophagus. How he finds time for a day job, assuming he has one, is
beyond me. Regardless, Distant in Solitary Night is this extremist's
fourth LP and although I may not agree with his racial beliefs, he can
surely write some good music!
Don't you fucking LOVE the harsh, cold winter season? Wintertime and the
music of Judas Iscariot go hand in hand. Distant in Solitary Night
gives us the customary seven songs of raw, bleak blackness in the
Scandanavian vein, yet crushes many a Norwegian band. First of all, there's
"The Wind Stands Silent", which gets things off to a rousing, speedy start.
Following that is one of the highlight tracks from this LP, "Where the
Winter Beats Incessant". The
melancholic main riffs built around slothfully mid-paced drum tempos make
a most epic, memorable song, second only to "The Clear Moon, and the Glory
of the Darkness". This, like "I Filled with Woes the Passing Wind" from
Of Great Eternity, is a drum-less piece and abounds with chilling,
mournful soundscapes. These are my personal favorites of all of Akhenaten's
compositions. . .always so depressing, yet infinitely nihilistic. "To the
Black Tower of Victory" is rather short, being little over three minutes in
but razes Hell, if you'll pardon the pun. "In the Bliss of the Eternal
Valleys of Hate" and "Portions of Eternity Too Great for the Eye of Man"
close out this opus, the latter being more than ten minutes and made up
entirely of keys/synth and spoken word--a fitting mood-driven outro.
While there are still mistakes apparent in the music, Akhenaten must be
commended for growing in his overall musicianship, especially the drumming
department (check out the speedier-than-usual blast toward the end of "To
the Black Tower of Victory". He does this all himself, mind you. Not many
people do that for this long. Easily, this is the best record of the man's
career and will make a superb disc for any social event. HAIL!
© 2000 goden