Hiljaisuus Vajoaa – Kaikkeuden Ytimeen

A little more than a year ago, while commenting on Hiljaisuus Vajoaa‘s album Tyhjyyden Näkyjä, I remarked how, nowadays, composing a work of value and leaving it to languish in the shallows of the underground undergrowth, without even trying to do a minimum of promotion, is in fact equivalent to the mythological Sisyphus’ fatigue. It’s true that when the Finnish trio decided to devote themselves to funeral doom they surely thought that, for such a small audience of potential users, even a massive dissemination campaign would have effects little greater than those resulting from the simple publication of the album on bandcamp, accompanied by some laconic post on their Facebook page. This makes me benevolently angry, because the Tampere band knows its stuff and offers a form of funeral that is influenced by the musicians’ post-metal heritage and, therefore, while maintaining a cruising speed of permanent calm, presents interesting variations on the theme that make this second long-distance work, released quietly last April, sufficiently original and less obvious than expected. In fact, Kaikkeuden Ytimeen is a work in which, at first glance, you can’t see heavy references to the historical bands born in the Land of a Thousand Lakes, as a significant part of the sound development is entrusted to a minimal and sometimes dissonant guitar work (which can remind something of the very first Monolithe) but very effective. Personally, I think that Hiljaisuus Vajoaa have been underestimated since their first steps and I have listed the possible reasons for this in the introductory phase; I don’t know if our band in recent years has worked hard to find a label willing to bet a few euros on them or if, instead, they have accepted as inevitable a rearguard destiny that does not suit their objective value (I don’t know why, but I’m inclined to this second hypothesis). Anyway, whoever wants to, at the bottom of my considerations can get an idea of the content of Kaikkeuden Ytimeen (whose meaning is “in the heart of the universe”) and maybe give satisfaction to the good Ojanperä (bass), Korpi (drums) and Särkkä (guitar and voice) showing a concrete appreciation for these remarkable five songs full of painful and dark funeral.

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