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Released: 2006, Century Media/EMI
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Yet another album released by a project group has popped up. This time, the project is a duo consisting of Borknagar’s main songwriter, Oystein, and the Swedish multi-instrumentalist Andreas “Vinstersorg” Hedlund, who is called Mr. V in this project. They got together and wanted to do something out-of-the-ordinary and have for several years passed ideas between each other. During 2005, their ideas became reality when this debut was recorded.
This is really something different from what the guys usually play. The best description that comes to mind when I hear this is a strange mix of 70’s art rock and gloomy goth with modern light symphonic black metal. The album was recorded only with lead vocals, guitar, and bass. All the other instruments were programmed, which I think gives the album too static of a sound picture. This album gives me absolutely nothing; it’s so lame that I won’t bother to get upset at the poor music and the uninspired material. The only thing this album is good for is putting people to sleep, and that’s not really what I’m looking for at the moment.
Cronian’s debut album is way too anonymous to stick, and even though the legendary Dan Swanö has done the final mastering, this album is just a big sigh. TERRA only feels cold and depressing, and can only be recommended to cold and depressed people.
Mr. V – lead vocals, bass, programming
Oystein G. Brun – guitar, programming
by Lord of the Wasteland
by Anders Sandvall
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