Sweden's guitarist Kim Carlsson attacked the very pillars
of black metal: vocals, rhythm and arrangement. At the same time he endorsed
the most suicidal overtones of masters such as Katatonia.
His band Lifelover wed gothic rock and post-rock (piano, noises and samples) on
Pulver (Goatowarex, 2006)
in a gloomy atmosphere dominated by the broad range of his vocals.
He introduced clean pop vocals on Erotik (Total Holocaust, 2007), containing the eleven-minute Nitlott.
Konkurs (2008) continued in that direction, better produced and arranged.
At the same time his one-man project
Hypothermia's early works, namely
the three-movement Veins (Insikt, 2006) and
the two colossal monotonous minimal suites of Kold (Those Opposed, 2006),
also embraced clean guitar riffs, thick bass lines and post-rock dynamics
while exaggerating the element of dejection.
The four-movement Rakbladsvalsen (Total Holocaust, 2007) represented a
stylistic journey from a moribund, implacable and lyrical form of black metal
to a brainy and acoustic post-rock meditation; however, it was also repetitive
beyond human patient.
Hypothermia offered three versions of the same piece on the 50-minute EP Gratoner (Turranum, 2008), a rather boring experience, while the two sprawling pieces of Kaffe & Blod (Turannum, 2008) showed a more melodic style.
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