I can hardly think of an attitude towards music that is more hypocritical than the one that demands from any band or new release to bring something new to ‘the genre’. I’m extremely tired of this kind of mentality as a music enthusiast.
I also never sympathized with the ones that use to nag about today’s music and how inferior it is compared to whatever they used to listen when they were growing up. Of course they choose to ignore that a young and ‘virgin’ music listener is kind of ‘tabula rasa’. The first things he listens are the ones that are being stored in his memory, mind or even his soul and always come back later idealized by the passing of the years. And then he demands every fucking new record he listens to, to be innovative and pioneering or else it best shouldn’t be released. Of course to expect from any new note being recorded, any cd being pressed, to reinvent the wheel, is an utopia. Which leads bands without firm personality and strong vision, to ridiculous exaggerations in order to please the highly demanding ‘critics’. Not to mention that this kind of mentality is mainly responsible for littering the music scene with hilarious tags and endless subgenres.
The musical notes are seven, guitar based music counts several years of existence, all in all the pursuit for the thing that was never done is really futile. Except we consider that the mindless mixing of different styles is real innovation and not just mere hybridization that usually leads nowhere. So in my way of thinking the real challenge is to create something noteworthy by using the tools that are available. And what I care for as a music listener is a record with good, moving music regardless of the ‘new’ elements it presents. The new element by today’s standards would be an injection of passion, soul and talent, and that should be enough.
All of the above applies to the split album of Domgård and Cursed 13 (Tearing the World Asunder/Svartsejd). Two swedish bands that pretty much serve the anti-cosmic current through their music. To those that seek (in vain) the next new thing that would help them establish a new sub³ genre, the record won't offer that chance. This is black metal played with devotion and absolute conviction. Mostly slow to mid paced allowing the songs to breath and form their uniqueness, the record flows easily without noticing its 57 minutes. I haven't heard such a good full length split album since the Rebirth of Nefast/Slidhr one. My highest recommendetions.