Tales from Bandcamp: Undertaker by Disemballerina

a3172459771_10If you were to jump onto Google and search for articles pertaining to the similarities between metal and classical music you’ll find more than enough to fill your head with bombastic glee.  However, one thing I’ve noticed about all these articles is how they really don’t seem to focus on the finer points of the genres.  You’ll read about similarities in composition, bombast, and themes.  You’ll also see Beethoven and Vivaldi name dropped more than Black Sabbath on an poorly written doom metal review.  You’ll also see plenty of links to metal bands that more or less lift direct compositions from said artist and rarely an artist that is doing something modern with the classical composition style in metal (cough.. Harlequin Forest by Opeth.. cough).  But what about what I consider the most alluring aspect of each of the genres?  The emotional impact.

Well, maybe the grandiose of the huge orchestras classical music makes it a tad difficult to really translate and compare to the more personal aspects of metal.  How about we talk about the Baroque period and Chamber Music (which if you are unfamiliar, was music played more intimately with a minimum amount of performers).  As famed composer Van Goethe puts it, chamber music is like “four rational people conversing.”  Now, doesn’t that sound a lot more like most modern metal bands?  Well, sometimes not always rational 😛

In my experience, a small gathering and conversation is always a lot more enlightening and personal than when gathered with a large group of people.  Which in turn really works to tune into the finer details of whatever the intricacies of the conversation are.  Just like in music for me.  Of course I love the rush of huge metal compositions, but when it comes to grabbing me emotionally, the more laid-back approach taps into me more.  Which, in turn, brings me to today’s album recommendation.

Playing music more akin to traditional Chamber Music than metal, Disemballerina really nail melancholic, emotional side of metal with perfection and present it in an very unique way.  You won’t find any distorted guitars or thundering riffs on their record Undertaker, but you will find beautiful conversations and memories of souls and memories that have passed on.  You will find sadness as well as hope; joy as well as depression.  You will find emotion as well as passion.  And above all, you will find something intimate.

To give you an example of how personal this album is, here is some of the notes taken from the info page of the record:

The breathing on this was the death rattle of a friend of mine recorded into a cellphone the last night she was alive. At the time this song was coalescing, I was working graveyard shift doing hospice care as a nurse assistant. “Sundowning” is a form of dementia unique to Alzheimer’s sufferers during the later hours of the night. I saw a lot of it on the job. This song is dedicated to all the elderly people I’ve cared for over the years who have passed on from this world. I’m tremendously lucky to have known all of you. -Myles

Ya, try to listen to that track and not shed a tear, especially if you’ve ever been close to a person with Alzheimer’s.  And like I said, the record does has counter-balance, so odes to the Carpathian Forest (the place, not the band with the chubby Satanist guy) and Ozma of Oz help lighten the mood.

So, even without embracing the traditions of metal, Undertaker is one of the most metal records I’ve heard this year and I highly recommend popping some headphones on and giving this a spin when you happen to be in a pensive mood.  As always, if you like what you hear, grab yourself a copy of the record and support the musicians.  Let me know what you think of the music down in the comments.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!


About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on August 18, 2014, in Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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