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Sorg Innkallelse - ...Night Black
Format: proprinted cd-r / cd-r with sticker
Quantity: 299 copies
Running time: 37 minutes
Price: 5 Euro
Date of release: 3. november 2008
Description: pagan black metal from Iran. Proprinted color covers.
Co-release with Akne Productions
1. From the Wolves Den
2. Captive in Hell (mp3)
3. Sundown, Fall Into Oblivion (mp3)
4. Bloody Share of Heaven
6. Solitude Vortex
7. Murderers Come Around
8. ...Deep Silence (The Last Symphony)
Have you ever heard a band coming from Islamic Republic of Iran? After many years in
this ‘business’ I think it is my first encounter with any metal coming from this
Asian country. As my primary job is to remain objective and without any prejudice I’ll
try to write a few words on this first ever Iranian Black Metal project.
Sorg Innkallelse is one man band/project coming from the ancient and beautiful city of
Isfahan. The band name means ‘Grief Summon’ and it is taken from Scandinavian languages.
For a couple of years ago the band signed a contract with Estonian based Hexenreich Records.
The music is pagan and freezing dark black metal with lyrical themes raging from darkness
over hate to nature and anything in between. I have never expected in my entire life that
I would listen, yet even more enjoy, an evil black metal release like this. It is perfectly
executed with some interesting guitar parts and with addition of some acoustic elements too.
The vocals are cold, deep and melancholic yet the whole atmosphere surrounding it is atmospheric
and quiet enjoyable. The only thing I don’t like is drum-machine which to times simply sounds annoying.
This nine tracker disc is limited to 299 copies only, so if you want to get your hands
on this rare cold, pagan black metal spiced with some eastern folk influences it is time now.
Neithan: Despite the fact that the name Sorg Inkallelse sound spretty nordic, we are dealing with a
band hailing from an area from which you don’t see a lot of metal coming: I am speaking of Iran. Oh
well, according to former president Bush Iran was part of the axis of evil, so perhaps it is logical
to produce grim black metal in this country. This album, ‘…Night Black’, was still recorded in the
old line-up: Murkmyth on vocals and all instruments, and Sadsoul for guitars and programming. As
Sadsoul left the band after recording the album, Sorg Inkallelse nowadays consists of just Murkmyth.
The music: it is raw black metal, in the style of the rawer USBM bands, but with a slight pagan touch,
some acoustic breaks and melody lines that take us back to the roots of all, the eighties heavy and
speed metal. Although the ideas are on occasion quite refreshing (the melodic aspect sometimes
reminds me of Windir) I do have some remakrs about the performance itself. The fact that the sound
is rather shallow is something I won’t hold against the band, as it seems difficult enough to record
a metal album at all in Iran, let alone a black metal album… No, my objections are for one mainly
towards the programming of the drums, as they are tuned and programmed too simple, which makes the
music sound more simple than it should be. But hey, try to find a good metal drummer in Iran: if I
hear how many difficulties befriended bands over here in the western society have finding a suitable
drummer, imagine how it will be like in Iran! In all honesty I would not have expected this level
coming from a country in Iran at all.
Another thing missing compared to other releases within the genre, and that is not just because of
the shallow production, is a cold, malicious atmosphere crawling from the album’s grooves. The vocals
in itself do rasp as should be, but the instruments don’t feel ‘connected’, and because of that I
miss the right atmosphere to lift it to a next level and to ensure that Sorg Inkallelse is regarded
as more than a curiosity because of the country they come from. This ‘… Night Black’ doesn’t scare
me, and that is a basic need for black metal.
It seems that this album will be released in a number of 299 copies. In itself I believe that is a
wise number and it shows a realistic view of possibilities from either band or label in today’s scene.
Actually, I have the next to say to Murkmyth: the ideas are already present, it just needs to be worked
out better regarding composing and atmosphere. Perhaps it is a possibility for him to, like many other
young persons from Iran, to start studying abroad. I would take a look in places like Bergen,
Stavanger or Oslo itself to see what study is possible. In his spare time it could be a very good
experience to hang around with the musicians over there and to become inspiration from a flourishing
scene and to learn from these people. Who knows what may happen in the future...
Murkmyth and Sadsoul had been released their new album under the name of "Night Black …".
Night Black is their last album that released on May, 2008; afterwards they notified that
they are disbanded. The last album of this band had released with their habitual theme
that includes 8 tracks by the time 37:05. At first, we see "Captive in Hell" with its
obstreperous started. In second track Sorg Innkallelse towards into the pagan's universe
and their specific music. "Fall into Oblivion" and "Sundown" are the prominent tracks in
this album and the original Black Metal which contain reel soloed on the rhythm of the
song that shows the specific creativity of the Sorg Innkallelse. "Bloody Share of Heaven"
is more epic and rhythmic track than previous tracks. The guitar and the sphere that was
used in "Defunct" shows the end and the death of the Sorg Innkallelse. That was the track
that we did not listen on their previous albums and we can say that this track is completely
despondent. Afterwards the track "Solitude Vortex" with the amazing drums and lethal solo
can be listened. "Murderers Come Around" with a calm resumption takes us to the last track
from the last album of the Sorg Innkallelse. And on the last track of "Night Black" we can
feel a sorrowful sedate from the track "Deep Silence" – don't be confused with the
"Deep Silence" of Black Pest in 2004 album – that one of those immortal tracks in
this album. The calamitous ended of "Night Black" by "Deep Silence" with its unique
theme just leave one thing on our mind and that is …