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12" LP · (Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions)

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Finnish black metal oddballs JUMALHÄMÄRÄ have been around since 1996, releasing their first demo in 1998. It wasn't until 2010 that, after a handful of other releases (7", MCD, live tape, etc.), they finally released their debut album. Resignaatio was an overwhelming experience, raw black metal with psychedelic overtones and lush ambience. So you could be forgiven for assuming that Resitaali, their second full-length, would be more of the fringe black metal that the band has become known for. But no, instead they've come out with a 35-minute album comprised entirely of four pieces of minimalist harmonium music. Even with the band's history of experimentation, this is a strange album.There is no metal being played here whatsoever. The listener is immersed in a contemplative state leading to spiritual ekstasis. This is religious music, minus the religion; no choirs, no bombast, no hymnals, just a steady push deeper into the void of self-knowledge. Again, I can't stress this enough: if you're looking for a metal album, stay far away. But if you want to hear something entirely different, something profound and yet incredibly simple., this might be the record for you.

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