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Norse Vitki – Nyarlathotep

Norse Vitki
by Quinten Serna at 28 May 2021, 6:43 AM

“The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.” Lovecraft’s approach to those things of unknown occupation was a characteristic which permeates the whole of his writing and continues to inspire and influence those that have come to know his works so many years after his death, NORSE VITKI is no different in this regard and has internalized such as to produce an existential horror based album entitled “Nyarlathotep.”

The album begins with the track—and the figure to one of my favorite stories—“Yog-Sothoth.” The song is composed of jarring electric ambience, heavy-laden guitars, and a near mournful narration creating a sensation of dread and terror characteristic to the source work The Dunwich Horror. “Shub Niggurath” commences with a cacophony of overlapping sounds that eventually quiets a bit in intensity to allow for a smooth narration to transpire. “Nyarlathotep,” the title track, begins with a quieted atmosphere coupled with an eerie narration foreboding even darker themes that soon abound in droves; the narration is an abridged and broken telling of the story Nyarlathotep originally published in 1920, the jarring melding of sentence fragments aids in establishing this track as the creepiest yet.

The overall tone and pronouncing of the music is that of odd manners, by which so much dread space is left within the confines of each track that a sonic pocket is noticeable where none of the instruments may pass. Mostly an element of low budget recording or a lapse of skill with mastering this element is largely noticeable, though by intent or coincidence aids in creating a truly eldritch atmosphere. The guitars sound as lo-fi recordings but are well performed despite such, they stick out in the recording for the space they occupy however. The bass exists as a smooth and dark delivery however struggles in retaining its voice when the kick drum is in full motion. The drums are well composed but stand out in the mix by being too dissimilar to anything else going on, such as with the constant flux of different grooves in “Mountains Of Madness” where the rhythm remains the same but the drums shift without warning or transition. The vocals are a static delivery in the styling of narration and oration, and their presence is that of intimidation with the music set to their disarming tone; the speech is consistent and stands out in the mix without contest but lack the depth of emotive display, a fair example of someone keeping within this styling of macabre and horrific but still displaying a range is Wayne June in reference to his many narrations and audio books.

Nyarlathothep, the Crawling Chaos, the harbinger of discord and disdain functions as a terrifying concept that of the corruptor, one who sews invidious terrors that bloom into horrors beyond imagining… Yet, here within the confines of musical venture exists as a name and idea whose intent was vicious and consuming but whose delivery was under-polished and discordant.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 4
Production: 5

2 Star Rating

1. Yog-Sothoth2. Azathoth
3. Shub Niggurath
4. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn
5. Nyarlathotep
6. Mountains Of Madness
Andrè RavenSkül – Everything
Record Label: Phoenix Records


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