Have you ever heard a piece of music that left you so dumbfounded and speechless that you couldn’t develop a valid comment aside from, “What in the absolute fuck was that?” In case you’ve somehow avoided the “Rebecca Black”s and “Blood On The Dance Floor”s of the musical world, listen to Mumincunt’s newest full-length release, Visor Från Muminskogarnas Mörker. I guarantee you’ll know what it is like to be truly confused by music after that.
The first track from this Swedish group’s album starts out very promising. The minute-long opener introduces some pretty dark themes with the help of some piano, vocals, and strings. It creates a build up that you can tell will lead to something heavy. Unfortunately, the sound quality plummets tremendously after the intro track, and the sound turns into a muddy clusterfuck of noise under some of the most horrible vocals I’ve ever heard in recorded music. Now, to some, that describes Scandinavian Black Metal pretty accurately, but the fact that 90% of this album’s instrumentation was composed with MIDI makes it pretty hard for even the most passionate of metalheads to enjoy
Although the Sega Genesis boss battle music is something I’d probably enjoy in a song if it were properly produced, the ridiculous vocals take away any redeeming qualities that may have been worked towards. Other songs have the opposite problem. The instrumentation is more stripped down and sounds much better, yet the vocals are the focal point. Since there’s little else to listen to on these raw tracks, it’s impossible to ignore the seemingly drunken, Swedish rambling of their lead vocalist.
I still don’t know what to make of this album. Half the songs sound like genuine attempts at metal riffs that could easily work with a different vocalist and decent production, but in other songs, Mumincunt doesn’t even try. If anything, it makes for an incredibly entertaining listen. Once you stop taking this album seriously, it’s a hilarious piece that’s sure to get a few good laughs out of you. A small part of me actually loves it for that very reason. It’s that weird, twisted part of me that thinks The Room and Troll 2 are cinematic masterpieces. The “so bad it’s good” mentality almost works here too.
Is Visor Från Muminskogarnas Mörker a terrible album? Oh, very much so, but once I stopped trying to see the seriousness, it was way more enjoyable. If that’s what the artist was going for, then they certainly succeeded.
Written by Mathieu Perrier
*edited by Danielle Kenedy