Released: 2005, Black Lodge/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
My first experience of Elvira Madigan was when the previous re-mastered album, BLACK ARTS, came last year, and I can’t say that I’m rather upset that I haven’t heard him before. If you want to read more about Elvira Madigan, check out the reviews in the metal-rules data-base.
Elvira Madigan is apparently a one man project with the Swedish Marcus H Madigan as an anchor. Marcus takes care of everything; he sings, plays all the instruments, and includes one thing that I don’t even think should be mentioned in any metal context at all; a drum machine.
WICCAN AFTERMATH was recorded during almost the whole of 2002 and the mix was made in January 2003. Marcus has done the mixing, and I can imagine that he used his own studio as well as produced the album himself.
There’s a lot more to wish for in the production department; it sounds stiff, electronic, static, and most of all weak. That probably depends on the heavy use of electronic gadgets. Marcus sounds dreadful vocalwise. He should definitely NOT come near a microphone at all. He says that his music is a kind of black metal and I can agree with that, but it doesn’t impress me at all, in any way. This album only feels boring and unbelievably unnecessary. It feels even more boring compared to BLACK ARTS (if that’s possible).
This album consists only of covers; nothing written by him. There are 4 songs by Chris DeBurgh, one by Michel Jarre, one by Tori Amos, one by the Scorpions, and one by a Swedish folk/pop/rock act called Nordman. He has also added 4 instrumental tracks which is nothing out of the ordinary. I’m not a fan of anything that he interprets here; the only songs I’ve heard before by the original artists are “Alien Nation” by the Scorpions (I don’t like the later album done by Scorpions but they have done the song much better than Elvira Madigan), and “Under Norrskenet” by Nordman. Both of those tracks done by Elvira Madigan sound only awful.
Altogether there are 11 tracks featured on WICCAN AFTERMATH; six of them with English lyrics and one with Swedish. There are many, better and qualified artists than Elvira Madigan and I’m sorry to say that I can’t find anything positive to say about WICCAN AFTERMATH. You have to be a real hardcore fan of Elvira Madigan to appreciate this. I don’t feel sorry at all not to have heard this before, and I can advise you all not to buy this album unless you are a hardcore fan.
Surprisingly, I don’t have any killer tracks this time, because on this album there isn’t a good track in sight.