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QAANAAQ - ESCAPE FROM THE BLACK ICED FOREST - METAL SCRAP  
Qaanaaq, named after a small town in northwestern Greenland and one of the northernmost towns on earth, is an Italian quintet. With an album title like Escape From The Black Iced Forest and five songs totaling over 45 minutes long one can take an educated guess that this is a doom and/or progressive and experimental release. Body Walks opens this debut, and indeed starts slow and with thick riffs. Within second the keyboards break in, it almost sounds silly when the keyboard playing attempts to follow the same rhythm as the other instruments. Instead of adding to the music it sometimes sounds like a pointless overlay or addition after the song was recorded. The vocal styles do vary and the cleaner version again is not the most convincing and neither is the 'Body Walks Body Walks' chorus. Eskimo's Wine Is A Dish Best Served Frozen, surely in the running for best song title ever, starts with a brief church organ section and proceeds to vary between mid-paced doom and something else where the keyboards take the risk of turning the song into an electronic piece. Untimely At Funerals, another great song title, is over 11 minutes long. It starts with a classical sounding piano section, the other instruments slowly fade in and the song settles on a mix of doom and 70s keyboard oriented heavy rock. High Hopes is a Pink Floyd, from 1994's The Division Bell, cover. Red Said It Was Green is a song about Erik the Red, the Viking credited for discovering Greenland. It is a song that talks about contradictions, in lyrics at least, with lines like 'You can't call shit a rose .. you can't say green as lawn' as if the band is mocking the choice of Greenland as the name for that icy northern land. Musically the Pink Floyd influence is apparent or it is perhaps that the listener has just heard Qaanaaq do a Pink Floyd cover and is influenced by that. It is another 11 minutes plus song that is a bit angry, a bit doomy, and a bit aimless. Ultimately the opener sets a negative tone for Escape From The Black Iced Forest, but the other songs have their appeal. – Anna Tergel




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