Afsky – Sorg

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Vendetta Records
Released: 09.03.2018
Buy Album: Vendetta Records
Band Facebook: Afsky

Band line-up:

Ole Luk: guitars, bass, vocals and lute
Martin Haumann: drums
Myrkur: Clean vocals, nyckelharpa
Troels Dueholm Nørgaard (Huldre): Hurdy gurdy

All songs written and arranged by Ole Luk
All lyrics by Ole Luk
Recorded and mixed by Ole Luk

Track list:

1. Jeg bærer deres lig
2. Skær
3. Sorte vand
4. Stjernerne slukkes
5. Vættekongen
6. Glemsomhedens elv
7. Oh måneløse nat

 

Review:

Afsky (Danish for disgust/detest) is a one-man DSBM project from Copenhagen, from musical composer Ole Luk. Luk describes Afsky as ‘the personal space where I can do what I like, which is also what makes the project very personal to me. It’s like I found the perfect place to combine my music, craftsmanship, photography and so on, giving it all a higher purpose.’ As any decent DSBM album should, the album feels like an almost personalised journey into a decaying mind. It’s raw, melancholic and cold as hell in the preferred DSBM atmosphere, without sounding pathetic or obvious. There’s the expected tremolo guitar picking, mid-pace blast beats and sad goblin-in-a-well style vocals, but also a guest appearance by fellow Dane Myrkur offering a folk-tinged vocal and nyckelharpa accompaniment on the final track, ‘Oh månaløse nat’, which fits perfectly, though I think her input is too little. Luk’s vocal style is harsh, with not one clean vocalised syllable uttered throughout, creating an unlikely bridge from a disturbing to an on-occasion beautiful listen.

 

The album flies through varying states of emotion, from light wistful melancholia to rage filled anger and despair. The music seemingly flows along the thought patterns, reflecting these emotions in Luk’s writing. The opening track, ‘Jeg bærer deres lig’, opens with slow, almost delicate strumming flooded in reverb that morphs into a quickened raw beast of increased intensity almost without you noticing the change.  The next few tracks glide along the same DSBM style, but it’s the second half of the album where you notice a subtle development into a black folk style and instrumentation. The lute and hurdy-gurdy add to the hints of folk music on the tracks in this second phase such as ‘Vættekongen’ or ‘Glemsomhedens elv’, which personally I love, as it helps pave an organic ethereal path. The layers of the varying recognizable genres are all encompassed by the overall essence of despair and pain; this is both beautiful and desolate but makes for a truly impressive listen. Sorg is a fantastic album, I’ve already recommended it to friends and am sure to do so again in the future.

Review by:

Rebekah Ann

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