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Norwegian duo Formloff conveys adventurous ambitions within a bleak black metal framework on the unit’s sophomore effort SPYHORELANDET. This nine-track album defies the genre’s run of the mill musical convention yet retains the misanthropic attitude and overwhelming sense of despair linked to the dark side of the metal spectrum with experimental vocals that disregard ranges and language, left of center instrumentation that adds depth and soul to their clinical presentation (“Den Gamle Jorda”), and fearless songwriting allowing this tandem to meander into atmospheric progressive metal territories before busting out another burst of brutality before lurking back into the pair’s standard sinister and sinewy slow crawl (“Drokkne I ei flo ta aske”). Bold yet quirky, Formloff keeps listeners engaged with waves of unorthodox black metal musings. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS