YERÛŠELEM – THE SUBLIME

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.debemur-morti.com/en/
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.debemur-morti.com/en/395-yeruselem-shop
Band website: https://www.facebook.com/Yeruselemprojekt/

BAND LINE-UP:

Vindsval: Guitars, Bass, Voices, Synths
W.D. Feld: Industrial Pulses, Synths

TRACKLISTING:

1. THE SUBLIME
2. AUTOIMMUNITY
3. ETERNAL
4. SOUND OVER MATTER
5. JOYLESS
6. TRIIIUNITY
7. BABEL
8. REVERSO
9. TEXTURES OF SILENCE

REVIEW:

YERÛŠELEM is a side project from French Black Metal band ‘Blut Aus Nord’ members Vindsval and W.D. Feld. The group is not known for playing traditional black metal for they lack blast beats and they incorporate more electronic sounds. They always have been experimental with sounds so in this album they are free to experiment outside the confines of any metal genre. The Sublime is quite the musical trip going fully into gritty industrial noisescapes. YERÛŠELEM is inspired by many great Industrial, Post Punk and Gothic Rock groups. In their debut album ‘The Sublime’ you will experience a pretty intense barrage of heavy industrial sounds and harsh pulsating beats. You will not get anything lyrical out of this. There are some voices but it’s barely discernible and not the focus of the music which is also the case for Blut aus Nord releases as well. It’s a blend of metal, noise, industrial, and dark wave. They want their music openly interpreted and experienced by each individual listening.

You would be likely to notice who they take influence from. I definitely pick up on the Ministry and Coil influences. Heavy shredding guitars and bass heavy beats mixed with electronic sounds that are gritty and harsh. The atmosphere created would be a perfect soundtrack for sci-fi and horror films. The album starts with ‘The Sublime’ and begins with an eerie series of noises that sound like you are stuck in a cavernous industrial building or even something like an abandoned spaceship. This made me think of a post apocalyptic scene or like something out of Bladerunner. Echoing sounds repeatedly bounce off steel walls and at 42 seconds without any warning you are hit with heavy guitar riffs, hard bass beats and all marching along at a very moderate pace.

Most songs are around 4-5 minutes long. Sound over Matter and Textures of Silence are the softer and shorter entries of this album each being less than 2 minutes long. They are very ambient and to me serve as an intermission and respite from the barrage of harsh music throughout the other songs. I actually wish these songs were a little longer. The tracks I found most enjoyable were The Sublime, Sound Over Matter, Joyless, Reverso and Textures of Silence. My only takeaway or the thing I did not care too much for was that most the heavier industrial tracks sort of sounded the same after a bit of listening. The tempo and beat of each song is quite similar in pace which is a slow grinding one. The album overall is good but it is not for me anything I could see myself listening to often so I give it a 3.5 out of 5. It is worth checking out if you are a fan of this genre.

Review by Cathrine Wendt

 

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