| Ved Rums Ende? Ved Buens Ende? To even imagine that the band name of the Czech band would have been created by chance and without a definite point or reference towards the Norwegian one, would be somewhat ridiculous. Casting this obvious aspect aside for a moment, the music, while not necessary similar in style, follows in its intention and conception in line of what had been done by the Scandinavians years ago. Voluptas attempt to be different and to present extreme music with some a variety of influences. The opener basically sets the stage and leaves it as well, which is somewhat disappointing.
Maybe it comes to how Plísně kosmické sets the expectations and how the bands actually neglects or even ignores this aspect. Indeed, the juxtaposition of saxophone and black metal elements adds a certain easiness to the performance, a nice contrast and playfulness. It is a different type of noise, different sound and vibe. Of course it would not be the first time this instrument has found its way into this genre. In 2000 Carpathian Forest used it on their Strange Old Brew release for instance. Naturally, this raises the question of what kind of music would dominate this first and so far only release, then? A mixture of doom metal, black metal with hints towards punk and post-rock might sum it up. A bit of this and a bit of that.
On five additional tracks Voluptas -- the name refers to the goddess of "sensual pleasures" -- present music in a variety of ways. It is modern, not too harsh or extreme and rather focused on getting atmosphere and dynamics right. Compared with Ved Buens Ende it is the idea behind the music and in composing it that can be pointed towards as being similar, rather than the execution itself. Neither outputs of the Norwegians have much in common with what this band from the Czech Republic presents. Their ep lacks the extreme contrasts and elements, the shrieks, the weird switches in arrangements and sounds. It is limited and does not dare to walk into their footsteps. This release is rather a nod, then a full embrace.
Ved Rums Ende is raw, but not excessively so. It appears controlled and focused, which is also due to the fact that the band has spent some time on balancing things out. Therefore, the drums and the bass are able to add their share to the performance. Breaks, solo parts and slight variation in the vocals -- shrieks and growls -- add theirs to prevent monotony from occurring. It is nice how the band presents their concept throughout this release and how they are able to do this in a convincing kind of way; like in Zlo a lesy, žádný kecy! with some nice solo guitar parts.
The tracks are not one-dimensional or follow a distinct pattern that is somewhat applied with only a small variation throughout the album. Rather, each of the tracks is slightly different, comes with a some amount of variation of the dynamics and sounds. Yet, a somewhat constant factor is a strange easiness and coolness that lingers around in the atmosphere somehow. It rocks, pushes along and is actually fun to listen to. How all elements fit together is rather cool and surprisingly mature. Nevertheless, a bit more experimenting, a bit more like the opener and a bit more extreme sounds might actually be a cool thing ... push it even further.
Do not be deceived by the opener, while it is rather cool, it is not representative in terms of the rest of the album. A strange cover artwork and some strange music.