The Focusing Blur

BY Laura TaylorPublished Mar 1, 2004

A metaphysical concept of exploration, the newest edition in the Vintersorg saga is a strange bird. The blackened metal that forms the foundation for the Vintersorg sound has been stripped down to a skeletal structure, leaving ample room for experimentation. The fleshing out comes foremost through organic folk melodies, but continues with highly digitised video game keyboards, rare moments of classical symphonia and spoken narration. The Focusing Blur seems impenetrable in terms of individual songs and is more satisfyingly grasped as a whole, carrying the vibe of a theatrical performance rather than that of a recorded album. It’s intriguing and challenging but not really that endearing. And someone please explain to the man that there are few English words as unmusical as "macrocosm.”

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