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Artist:

Aarni

Album:

Bathos

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Firedoom
Genre: [Avantgarde/Atmospheric Folk Metal/Doom Metal/Ambient]
Overall Rating: 7.0
Music: 7.0
Production: 7.0


Aarni comes from Finland (to be more specific, Aarni resides in Oulu). Basically Aarni is one-man band consisting of Markus Marjomaa. However, Marjomaa prefers to call himself "Master Warjomaa". Bathos is Aarni's first full-length debut album.

Music of Aarni ranges from doomish and folkish metal to ambient. However, Aarni manages to keep the music in a balanced "package". Some parts of Aarni's songs remind me of different artists (for example, the beginning of 6th song sounds really familiar, maybe it's taken from Opeth). Actually it was written on the liner notes that "All music and lyrics invented or stolen by Markus Marjomaa".

Production-wise this album could be better. The distorted guitar tone doesn't sound too good, and also the drum sound could be better. Also few clips occurred and few guitar parts & some drum parts got distorted. Other than that, the production is ok.

Overall, Aarni's Bathos is a decent album... Bathos would benefit from better vocals, as Markus Marjomaa's singing isn't very good. Fortunately, the music is mostly instrumental and there aren't many vocal parts. Recommended only to the open-minded listeners, and I strongly advise listening before buying (Bathos isn't easy listening music).

Release date: 17.11.2004

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- MAGE (06.11.2004)



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Guest stars:
Genius Frankenstein, Albert: Main Vocals on "Quinotaurus" and "V.I.T.R.I.O.L"
Christ, Rhesus: Most (But Not All) Drums and Keyboards on "Kivijumala"
Producer: Aarni
Mixing by: Aarni
Mastering by: Pohjola, Mika
TRACKLIST:
Aarni - Bathos  CD  Cover Image
01. Ονειροσκοπος
02. Squaring the Circle
03. Quinotaurus (Twelve Stars in Sight)
04. Kivijumala
05. V.I.T.R.I.O.L
06. The Thunder, Perfect Mindfuck
07. Mental Fugue
08. Niut Net Meru
09. Kesy
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