MÜL – Rites Of Doom

After Funeral, the first to reintroduce in Norway sounds that can be brought back to the genre evoked by that band is Knut Farstad, a musician from Bergen who, with his solo project MÜL, published between 2001 and 2008 five full lengths completely self-produced and downloadable in mp3 from his website, which is still active. The DIY approach makes itself felt particularly in the early albums, although what complicates listening the most is not the sonic delivery but rather a rather undulating approach to the subject matter, between industrial, sludge, ambient, post-rock, experimental, and classical fugues to encircle a funeral base that seems more the starting point for all these digressions rather than a staple in the development of the sound. Indeed, the disconnect between a vaguely more canonical Human Vindice and the dissonant eeriness of Litany Circus is quite stark, and despite the goodness of most of the ideas introduced, all the works produced prove interesting but certainly not destined to make a mark. The predominantly instrumental nature of the compositions does not help to fix in the mind the commendable work of Knut, who, after the fourth album Litany Circus, waits another four years before releasing his latest work, Rites Of Doom, a more organic work, given due context, and an ideal summation of what he proposed in the first half of the decade. If not inescapable, however, what the Norwegian guy has done is worth listening to, because it is not unlikely that someone might be attracted to it given its skewed interpretation of the genre.

2008 – Independent