SORHIN - I DET GLIMRANDE MORKRETS SJUP - NEAR DARK
Sorhin's debut full-length album speaks volumes beyond what is specific to the Swedish trio itself. Comprised of ten polished black metal songs, professional artwork and a clear production courtesy of Abyss Studio I Det... should theoretically be one top notch release for 1997. Yet, that feeling is never invoked. The problem lies in the high degree of sophistication attained by the scene. While Sorhin has great musicianship, concept, looks and sound, the same can be said about a dozen releases out in 1997 in Sweden. The album might be good, but it is no better than the crop of recent No Fashion releases. Therein lies the dilemma. It is little different. Fans of the sub-genre may like this. Yet the question remains, where to from here? - Ali "The Metallian"
SORHIN - DODEN MCMXCVIII - NEAR DARK
Here is a definite good cause: supporting an underground label. Following their debut full length of 1997, Sweden's black metal adherers Sorhin give us a three track MCD which is meant to act an a teaser to their second full length (out later this summer) entitled Apokalypsens Angel. Written in their native tongue, the three tracks showcase a black metal band which despite its knack for rawness and speed, intentionally employs both melody and lots of rhythm. In fact, it can get quite rhythmic at times - this despite all the cacophony in progress. Find this through Warfare in Canada, Necropolis in Yankee country or Nukie Blast in Europe. - Ali "The Metallian"