Fleurety – Inquietum

Band Name: Fleurety
Album Name: Inquietum
Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Aesthetic Death
Distributor/label URL: https://www.aestheticdeath.com/
Released: 2017
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Band Website:  https://www.facebook.com/thetruefleurety/

Band line-up:

Alexander Norgarden-Guitars/Vocals/Bass
Svein Egel Hatlevik-Drums/Vocals/Synthesizer

Tracklisting:

1- Descent Into Darkness
2- Choirs
3- Absence
4- Summon The Beasts
5- Animal Of The City
6- Degenerate Machine
7-It’s When You Cold
8- Consensus
9- Carnal Nations

Review:

Fleurety have decided to bring out a compilation of tracks made up from some of their 7” releases. This is in the form of ‘Inquietum’, which is their first full release since 2000. However, they have been pretty active in releasing several EPs, after a nine year slump between 2000-2009. Made up of nine tracks, this compilation has plenty of abstract forces and obscure sounds in it to keep one fairly well stimulated.

The blackened avant-garde outfit from Norway are in a league of their own when it comes to striving for the darkness in their sound. They twist and turn and shift and pulsate with an ever evolving performance of strong and at times awkward macabre. With the direction constantly shifting up and down between gears, there is a great fluctuation of quality that comes in then escapes within moments of appearing. There are some moments of greatness and some that are less so but they keep things interesting at least.

At first listen, the album failed to capture my imagination, but after a few more tries it became apparent that there was a little more to it. The opening track ’Descent Into Darkness’ starts us off in the realm of aloofness whilst providing plenty of dark and abrasive music. It is quite disarming but also at times, enjoyable. The howls over the creeping melody break into some rather, let’s say different modes which are almost cartoonish in their delivery. Things don’t simplify from there. The mix is a bit of a let down but there are some powerful elements that redeem the song. It certainly doesn’t stagnate but it doesn’t exactly win you over either.

There are quite a few of such traits throughout the album as we are taken through a linear progression throughout the ages of Fleurety. The terrain of this album is jagged and un-level with many pitfalls throughout. ’Summon The beasts’ is certainly a fine demonstration of left turns, with its inclusion of female guest vocals which dominate over the unsettling tone. Fleurety certainly don’t keep to a standard unless that standard is to remove standards. They incorporate wide and far reaching styles from black metal to jazz with many more forces in between. This is whilst keeping things erratic rather than static.

The final track ‘Carnal Nations’ keeps the direction ambiguous but still alluring with a soft progression of clean notes, mixed with well tempered percussion and building disquiet. It is almost as if Robert Fripp took charge of this one and we end as strangely as we began, except in a totally different style. Definitely an album of intrigue but it may not be one for the faint of heart or for those who like to know what their destination is.

Review by: Pete Mutant
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