Nachtlieder
Lynx
(2018)
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Genre:
Black Metal
Sounds Like:
Bathory, Immortal
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
We were initially sucked in by the amazing water color album artwork entitled ‘Guldnyckeln’ created in 1915 by John Albert Bauer. Bauer was a Swedish painter and illustrator best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll, an anthology of Swedish folklore and fairy tales. Matching these lofty aesthetics with the black metal genre is intriguing to us. Unfold the Swedish mastermind, Dagny Susanne, and her third release Lynx. A one woman project that achieves dark landscapes and heartfelt cacophony. Vocally Dagny maintains a unisex growl of Abbath-like comparison. Lynx has surprising texture within its lead guitar melodies. While the contrast is lacking a bit we did find quite a bit of variation on the atmospheric tones and fretwork. We do hear some marked improvement in textured melodies over previous two releases. Unfortunately, the percussion is muddied and feels more of a mechanical afterthought. 

Track Listing:
1. Claws and Bone (4:31)
2. Lynx (3:52)
3. Song of Nova (5:22)
4. Nameless, Faceless (5:04)
5. Law of Decay (4:25)
6. Dark Matter (4:47)
7. Eyes Ablaze (3:56)
8. Moksha (6:19)
Total running time - 38:16

Adult Beverage Pairing:
The Ragnarok Gimlet” The gimlet features black metal Scandinavian splashes.
Ingredients:
– 1 1/2 oz. gin (make it 2 oz. if you want to really taste the grimness)
– A very sparing dash of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
Directions:
Classically, the gimlet is served shaken and straight-up, but fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice, then pour in the gin and splash of sweetened lime.  Then shake with fury.


ROTATION RECAP :
Captivation and Variety
6.8 out of 11

Vocal Performance
7.8 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.6 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.1 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
5.8 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
7.8 out of 11

Contrast
7.7 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
10.3 out of 11

Production Value
7.5 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
We admire the gumption in a solo-project and realize you can’t be good at everything. Dagny continues to improve her ominous landscapes with heightened fretwork and more conviction in her vocals. Psychologically, knowing that it’s a one-person endeavor, we find our minds honing on critique of the layers. Layers that feel more authentic from simultaneous play vs. studio magic. Black metal fans should give this one a download as it is worth your time and will certainly brighten up your metal album art collection.

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