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Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
I am following Madder Mortem since a few years, when I read a review claiming that Madder Mortem is a prototypical love ´em or hate ´em band. This tickled my interest immediately and made me delve in their discography. Eight Ways is their fifth full length album.
Madder Mortem, their music is hard to describe. It has bits of gothic, melodic death, doom and alternative in it. This is one of the reasons that Madder Mortem isn´t for everybody. Another reason is the distinctive sound of the vocals of Agnete. She has a very distinctive sound varying from hysterical screams to soft whispers and everything in between.
The atmosphere on Eight Ways varies from haunting and desperate to more optimistic and hopeful. Songs like ´Formaldehyde´ and ´Armour´ are exact opposites of each other, but both are highly recommended! ´Formaldehyde´ characterizes itself by a constantly switching between complete utter madness and a more haunting like atmosphere, while ´Armour´ is more melodic with an almost fairytale-like atmosphere. Both are great songs, but you have to be an open minded listener, if you want to handle the constant variation on this disc.
I also want to compliment Mads Solas with his excellent drumwork. Because of the constantly shifting of pace he didn´t have a easy task to accomplish, but he did one hell of a job. But despite the excellent musical performance of all the musicians, it is the vocal accomplishments of Agnete that attracts the most attention and rightfully so. What a great singer she is, she keeps amazing me time after time!
With Eight Ways Madder Mortem has made an excellent album. There aren´t many albums that I have reviewed for Metalrage that made this big of an impression. This is a must-have!
Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
85/1001Details Peaceville Records
Released on Monday May 18th, 2009
Dark Metal

Writer @Neurotic on Wednesday Aug 26th, 2009

Tags: #Madder Mortem
Tracklisting 01. Formaldehyde
02. The Little Things
03. Armour
04. Resolution
05. A Different Kind Of Helle
06. Riddle Wants To Be
07. Where Dreams And Days Collide
08. The Flesh, The Blood And The Man
09. Get That Monster Out Of Here
10. Life, Lust & Liberty
11. All I Know
12. The Eighth Wave
Line up Agnete M. Kirkevaag – Vocals
BP M. Kirkevaag – Guitars
Odd Eivind Ebesen – Guitars
Tormod Longoien Moseng – Bass
Mads Solas – Drums