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Jord – Sol

Jord
Sol
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 04 March 2021, 6:56 AM

JORD (Swedish for "Earth") is a Swedish Atmospheric Black Metal solo-project with Blackgaze, Post Metal and Post Rock influences. The project's sole member Jörgen Ström has played in various bands since the 90s and learned a ton of things from that period of touring and recording albums - experience that eventually led to the founding of his own project JORD. His latest offering here, titled “Sol,” contains seven tracks.

“Ur Askan” leads off the album. It features a slow groove with some melody amidst the screams. It stays fairly linear throughout the song, following the same pattern without much in the way of changes. “Tidsresan” opens with clean guitar melodies and some held lead notes. It’s melancholy, until the drums charge in. The full sound begins to develop. The vocals are harsh but the guitars hold the melody. Towards the end of the song, the melodies really shine through.

“Genom Skog & Hav” begins with a charge of drums but also with those charming guitar melodies. The vocals come in and the song takes a darker turn. Then, it’s back to the charming guitar melodies. The ebb and flow from the harsher passage to the clean passages is omnipresent. But, I like the way Jörgen keeps the melodies in the forefront of the album, especially the pretty ending sequence. “Mother’s Way” begins with a more traditional riff. But, at this point in the album, some of the songs bleed into one another, with a similar sound. The same pattern of harsh to clean, clean to harsh keeps repeating, along with the more Blackgaze sounds. I like them, but they almost seem to follow a “paint by numbers” pattern.

“Inget Liv Utan Dig” is the longest on the album at over seven-minutes in length. Unfortunately, it seems to follow a similar pattern as the other songs on the album. The softer moments are quite charming, and should help to temper the harsher moments, but somehow it just doesn’t work that way here. “Lius” is the first track with some variation. It begins with piano notes in a six-note pattern that repeats for several bars. Other instruments slowly work their way in, including bass guitar with some dreamy lead notes. Without vocals, this instrumental builds throughout using a six note guitar pattern that mirrors the piano from the opening.

“Blad & Rot” closes the album. It stars with a fairly innocuous guitar riff, with Black Metal vocals shoved right up against it. One could call it slightly dark, but there are also rays of light, which come shining down when the piano notes drop. Overall, you could call the album strong for sticking with much of the same sound throughout the album, or weak for the same reasons. I find potential here, especially when Jörgen is playing around with the melodies. They are cheerful, and bright. But, the repetitive nature of the album left a slightly bad taste in my mouth. Just a little more diversity could really help push the album from “good” to “great.”

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Ur Askan
2. Tidsresan
3. Genom Skog & Hav
4. Mother’s Way
5. Inget Liv Utan Dig
6. Ljus
7. Blad & Rot
Lineup:
Jörgen Ström – Everything
Record Label: Northern Silence Productions
     


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