Review: Bird from the Abyss - I (2009)


artist: Bird from the Abyss
release: I
format: CDr
year of release: 2009
label: Self-released
dur­a­tion: 13:08

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

This Finnish one-man pro­ject by J.N. Aaltonen presen­ted I, its debut release, in 2009, unleash­ing on the world its obscure ritual sounds. In prac­tice, I is halfway between a demo and a first EP, with quaint homemade present­a­tion, but music that is prom­ising and inter­est­ing, but in need of a little more pol­ish.

Ritual music, as I said, and executed mostly with acous­tic string instru­ments, assor­ted per­cus­sion, sup­por­ted by some bass rum­blings and heavy gui­tars at times. Melod­ies and rhythms turn back upon them­selves in repeat­ing pat­terns, form­ing the musical basis for the ritual nature of this work.

Added to this is a fas­cin­at­ing and almost uniquely Finnish them­atic whole, incor­por­at­ing folk­lore, sham­an­ism, eso­ter­i­cism, and dark myth­o­logy. As a whole, the music is cer­tainly ori­ginal enough, though with pleas­ant echos of oth­ers (Finnish) sounds from exper­i­mental folk and (post-)industrial music. How­ever, it does lack a cer­tain refine­ment and devel­op­ment that could have made these short tracks more immin­ent and express­ive.

No doubt, that will come later with Bird from the Abyss’ next efforts, for there is no reason why we shouldn’t look for­ward to new mater­ial. Until then, this is a nice under­ground release, recom­men­ded to check if you liked, for example, Ter­vahäät.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. Intro / Begin­ning At Center Of The Chaos / Aza­thoth And Flute (1:54)
2. Song To The Great Black Fox (2:13)
3. Ways Of Slaughter (3:34)
4. Abdul Alhazred’s Anxi­ety (5:22)