To be #metal or not to be, ’tis the question. We are speaking about the début full length album Realms of the (almost) one-woman show Darkher aka Jayn H. Wissenberg. And it is – at first – a difficult proposition. Just to find yourself later in a doomish soundscape that clearly smacks of #metal, apart from the airy, atmospheric, almost folk-laden look and feel this album presents to you. I cannot but be reminded of Myrkur and their latest album M or the weary wails of Loreena McKennitt, both dwelling in the ethereal realm same as this one. Of course, the genres for the former and the latter are totally different. Realms features no screams or other kinds of growls, whilst Myrkur‘s album definitely does.
Precision is the landmark on Realms!
You have got to admire the way the tracks are structured. Every instrument is thoughtfully placed, no note played on a whim. Wissenberg vocal style perfectly adapts to the instrumentals, chiming in with the right timbre. And always with the right timing. [...]