We first heard from Minneriket in June of 2021 upon the release of their single “Sorg og Savn.” That track introduced us to the Romantic Black Metal stylings of Norwegian composer and musician Stein Akslen. He is the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer behind the genre-bending group. The single was also the public launch of a brand new phase for the band, serving as a teaser for their forthcoming album. Now it has arrived.
“Gjennom meg går ingen til hvile” is the brand new album from Minneriket, released worldwide to all major streaming services on January 21, 2021. The ten song collection takes us on a cinematic musical journey through musical genres and theatrical narratives that span centuries. “Sá kald en jord” opens the record with the serene sounds of nature and a melancholy solo Jazz piano. A mournful female vocal floats into the mix briefly before the track opens up to a gothic Rock rumble. For the next 8 minutes the track maneuvers through theatrical waves of Art/Rock power and subtle melodic nuance.
The sorrowful cello and piano instrumental “Hjemlengsel” follows. Once again here, and throughout the record, Minneriket works real-world sounds of wind, fire and water in the mix for great dramatic effect. When the duet comes to a close the album returns to its Heavy Metal thunder on the tracks “Begravelsens hjerteslag,” “Regnbuer i grátoner” and the previous single. The trio of tunes takes listeners through a complex and nuanced world of Rock & Roll power and Classical sophistication.
As the final power chords of “Sog og Savn” fade away, “Solnedgang” floats in on an ethereal cloud of strings, piano and flute. That mood continues through the intro of “Hvil i fred” before the dreamy sound of a violin on ocean waves gives way to one of the heaviest Metal assaults on the album. The track eventually transforms into mix of wind, waves, vocals and strings, giving way to the haunting avant-garde classical solo piano of “Forglemmegei.”
Serene flutes, harps, strings and choral vocals commingle with Speed Metal aggression, dark poetry and Prog Rock complexity for a “Náde,” the album’s epic theatrical and emotional climax. Over the course of thirteen minutes the song explores every style, sound and dark corner of the world Minneriket has created on “Gjennom meg går ingen til hvile.” No stylistic stone is left unturned, from experimental Metal to Acid Jazz. The album ends on “11379,” a mesmerizing Classical harpsichord and flute duet.
Check out the visually striking “Hjemlengsel” video below. You can also hear that track on the Deep Indie Chill playlist and “Regnbuer i grátoner” on the Deep Indie Dive. Listen to the entire album here, or on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with Minneriket. Get on their socials and stay in the loop on all of the news surrounding their new album.