Location: Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Genre: Norse pagan rock, Viking metal
Track: Goddess Of The Underworld
Label: Misanthropik Records
Release date: October 6, 2021
Man, when someone hits their ‘prime’ you can feel it on a whole new level.
Ren Marabou -Goddess Of The Underworld
I am so excited to bring you this track review today, an artist I’ve known for a while, one I respect and enjoy a man whose passion for the music speaks for itself! Ren Marabou, a staple in the underground metal scene and for good reason, the reason he stands above the rest is because of music like this!
This 4 minute track is the definition of creative peak! From the very beginning of the song you can hear how much effort and love and most importantly ‘creativity’ he’s put into it.
You’ve got those beautiful violin strings playing so heavily transitioning into this utopia vibe instrumental bringing the listener into the mind of the wild and free.
When the track officially starts vocally you can tell where the influences lie.
For me it’s the perfect combination of ‘Tool & Swans’ you have the surreal energy of both, the vocal style is more Tool but the production, sonic aesthetic and aura fits tightly with something Swans would release.
The vocals are done amazingly with the right balance of heavy toned singing and clean. I also love the instrumentation with (in my opinion) the guitar solos and patterns stealing the show, helping guide the strong almost ‘psychedelic’ nature of the track together.
Another thing I find super daring yet rewarding is how at the very end they decide to end the track with just a seemingly endless guitar solo with no official end to the track just more the song riding off into the end. That’s super unconventional and normally it shouldn’t work but paired with the already ‘experimental’ side of this song it finds its mark.
I mean it when I say, this is a track nor an artist you want to sleep on! If this is any indication of what’s to come then Ren is going to blow everyone out the water and since I can’t swim I’ll be happy to sink to the bottom of his endless creative pool to see where I land! -Corban Skipwith
This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW