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Review: Teitan – Weight of the Void

by Miloš Šebalj
Teitan

 

 ​Teitan

Teitan – Weight of the Void

  1. Magnus Singularium
  2. Magelhaen
  3. Sargon
  4. Burundanga
  5. Enuma Elisj
  6. Naram Sin
  7. Asarualimnuna
  8. Akkad
Label: Zwaertgevegt
Date: January 11, 2019

Is it just me or is nobody really paying attention to what’s going on in the Netherlands? This is another release worth of very broad attention. Well, the tape version is limited to just 40 copies, so that might be one of the reasons. As far as I know, there is no other version available yet. Meanwhile, Zwaertgevegt carries on the struggle to get the Dutch Black Metal scene on the right track with the high quality tapes. You should definitely check out their “roster”. There are some real diamonds to be found.

Teitan began their musical endeavor with a demo back in 2009 and disbanded soon after. A decade later, they are back with the debut full length album. “Weight of the Void” brings a total of 8 tracks which are as hard as possible to describe. The Dutch duo has their base in Black Metal, but not in the sense you might expect. Their sound often “dives” down to Doom Metal, Sludge and even Drone at some parts, making for a ritualistic atmosphere. Teitan easily shifts the lead instrument, even in the course of a single song, still remaining coherent enough not to be lost in the experimentation. Lead guitars or keyboards are set above the rhythm section, often giving the overall pace to the track, so that there remains the trance inducing feeling to guide the listener. Vocals are also well varied, following the path of the compositions, ranging from whispers to traditional screams and fine-tuned chants to bring uneasy feelings to their “victims”.

“Weight of the Void”, although sometimes based on minimalist and fairly repetitive instrumental parts, is quite diverse. And I’m not just speaking about the various genres used to create it, but the absence of recognizable patterns. Seems like Teitan let themselves go wherever the inspiration takes them. Still, the album remains coherent and there is a sense of direction during these 37 minutes.

As you might notice, this tape is full of “contradictions”, aspects which shouldn’t fit together but somehow do. The result is that “Weight of the Void” should be accepted as a whole. If you take a single song there is a good chance you will not get the idea behind it. When taken in as a long journey into the dark spaces of human experience this album will surely not leave you indifferent. This is one deeply disturbed atmospheric release, in the best possible meaning of the words, definitely recommended if you feel strong enough to take it all in.

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