Brente Engler – Verden Med Ende (2009)
This is probably the most peculiar Black Metal act I’ve ever heard. I know there are a lot of crazy satanic Black Metal bands that readily fall under the category of “insane”, but this reaches a new level… and I love it. This is a one man(?) Black Metal act flowing from the small village of Koppang, Norway. The reason I make that one man part an almost question, is because the artist has added two very mysterious band members to the list, there’s himself, Kjell Hagen, who does Vocals Guitars Bass and Drums. Then the other two band members, Johannes Berg, and Tor Olsen. I’ll get back to the questionable existence of those two individuals later on. Kjell Hagen is a man who is obviously deeply troubled, he’s been fighting depression, and delusions his entire life. Until he had a mental breakdown and spent six months in a psychiatric hospital. Hagen has been unemployed for years, and lives off welfare. A friend of his doubts the existence of the two other “band members”.
Now for the musical aspect of this album. Despite Hagen’s extremely grim view of his music, comparing the sound to doing heroin in a public restroom, it’s quite good. Generally the music is a pretty slow tempo, as it was influenced by Darkthrone. There are two guitars, though you generally can hardly discern the two, Hagen usually has them play the same riff. However there are a few moments where you can hear the two, these moments sound almost dazed and confused. The drums are quite good, usually playing rather slow blast beats, but exploding once in a while. The vocals are quite… interesting. I have a very easy time comparing the sound of them to early Immortal, they’re quite good. The lyrics on the other hand… I’m not sure what to say. No one has been able to identify the language Hagen sings in. When asked, Hagen replies, as a joke(?) “I sing with the voice of an angel”. To clarify, the band name means “Burning Angels”. All the elements combined result in a very eerie, confused, and sometime out of tune sounding music. I can’t stop listening to it, it grabs my attention! Also, forgot to mention, the album is well recorded, despite the low budget it carries.
8/10 A truly impressive modern Black Metal album!Brente Engler - Verden Med Ende (2009),