Stilla take an avant-garde sound similar to the kind of things Ihsahn did on his first few solo records and force it into a more straightforward black metal template. The resulting dichotomy makes for an original voice in the crowded BM scene. I must admit, I wasn't initially gripped, but give it a chance, as I think it's an album that rewards patience and just gets better with each subsequent listen, as it's complexity is unravelled.
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”Ensamhetens andar”, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed ”Till stilla falla” is another perfect example of the unrelenting force that is Swedish black metal. An eerie and highly atmospheric piece of art, exuberant with Nordic melancholy.
STILLA once again manage to merge the ghost of the nineties with the spirit of their own ravishing style of rugged atmospheric northern metal!
“Ensamhetens andar” is the ideal example of amazing musicianship, strong concepts and an overall chilling atmosphere combined into one incredible album. The past is alive.