Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects

Sol Niger Within

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No matter how many hundreds of times you carefully listen to this album, you never quite get the true magnitude and scope of the album. This mystery and intrigue continues to repeatedly pull the listener back in. Thordendal is a guitarist for Meshuggah, and he meticulously combines the mathematical approach of this band, with the wild free form of such groundbreaking outfits as Pan-Thy-Monium and John Zorn's Naked City, complete with the saxophone player. Much of the album consists of keyboard guided guitar leads, from the pages of his full-time band, mixed with sinister screaming vocals. Like Zorn, some of the songs run the course of 15-20 seconds, while others push toward the two- or three-minute range. Be forewarned, if you don't watch your stereo carefully, you will fail to notice the track changes because the album sounds as if it were one continuous song. Musically it is amazing, combining complex jazz elements with extreme metal in a fashion never heard before. Tomas Haake's vocals singe with a sinister rasp that overdoses the listener on every spin. With that, there is no further advice to offer on this album, except, "Buy this immediately if you want something refreshing and strange." For everyone else, stay away and keep listening to those Deicide albums.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:36
2 1:28
3 0:29
4 1:54
5 0:59
6 1:28
7 0:14
8 1:06
9 0:37
10 2:53
11 1:28
12 0:29
13 1:15
14 0:59
15 0:59
16 1:13
17 1:32
18 1:34
19 3:28
20 2:56
21 0:29
22 1:13
23 1:14
24 1:49
25 0:51
26 3:02
27 11:16
28 1:50
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