Harmless happy synthy droning stuff with vocals that will probably annoy @Jer vs. epic melancholic stuff with lots of ideas, and vocals that will probably annoy @Jer even more?
I am genuinely sorry brate NP but it's Diesel's nomination all the way this time.
And a long way it is indeed...
The actual raft of La Meduse incident was dramatically violent and gory af, not melancholic. I find it hard to absorb a very doomy take on this, having been listening to another faster song about the same subject recently. With lots of happy synthy stuff and vocals that would annoy Jer still further. In French.
Insomnium's offering is bordering on genre-formulaic, but I'll take it, thanks.
This Ahab song has a great atmospheric opening and builds up a cool epic doom vibe…and then the power belching begins. No sir, don’t like it. The clean vocals that follow work much better and remind me of a less refined take on the Fvneral Fvkk sound. At this point I’m about 2/3 of the way through the song and not too much has actually happened. The drunken frat boy burping returns, then the song stumbles into some more lively percussion and distant melodic vocals which are far more appealing. Some more instrumental meandering leads into a nice atmospheric outro. There were some cool parts here, but the song plodded on way too long for its actual musical content, and I obviously wasn’t on board for the extreme vocals.
This Insomnium song has a nice folk metal vibe, and while the extreme vocals predictably stink, they’re buried a bit in the mix and are toward the less awful end of the spectrum for me. The clean harmonized vocals that follow are far superior and actually fit the music, so it’s a shame that they couldn’t have just gone with that approach throughout. The Cookie Monster nonsense reasserts itself for the rest of the song, but if I do my best to ignore it and focus on the music, there’s a lot to like here — a nice softer interlude, some proggier bits, and some unexpected synths that work surprisingly well. The harmonized guitar outro is great too. The song is never boring, and if it weren’t for the silly and distracting extreme vocals I’d probably say it was great overall.