Title: De Ortu Solis
Genre: Rock, ambient, instrumental, post-metal, post-rock
Band introduction: Started in 2012 as a solo-project by Nicola Olla (already guitarist in Curse This Ocean). In January 2013 Charun released the debut-ep “De Ortu Solis”, […] is now a band. – Taken from the band’s Bandcamp page
1st Listen: Bloody hell this is boring. Badly mixed electronic drums are all I can think of. Poorly structured tracks sit along side your typical post-rock\metal “Start with nothing, build up to something massive” approach. The latter is not a bad thing; it’s just been done 100% better by thousands of bands before.
What more can I say? I don’t really want to say anything more.
2nd Listen: “De Ortu Solis” drones from nothing and a slowly played guitar begins with a simple arpeggio. The drum machine and bass then make an entrance. The drums are out of place in the mix. For me the bass really holds this all together and a synth in the background gets more and more prominent. The track takes a step up to a crescendo and a heavier guitar drives it along.
I will be honest “De Ortu Solis” was a much better track than I remember. The drums are a sore point, but other than that it is pretty solid. “De Profundis” is metal from the start, a poor man’s Isis riff repeats while synth makes noise over the top. The quick fade out and move into an ambient part is just clumsy and poorly executed. The ambient part is actually really nice, it builds up in levels of sound until a guitar and harsh vocals make an appearance. They are not too bad, but they don’t sit too well with the track. The keys that come in later over the top are an effective touch.
“De Brevitate Vitae” is a heavily delayed wall of sound that builds a scene for sparse guitar parts. This stops and loses its appeal as the track begins to build up again. The guitar part is simple, but really works nicely, the build up to a slow, almost classic rock, riff is pretty solid too. I’m not sure what album I was listening to the first time around. It’s not perfect, but it is far from bad.
“De Tranquillitate Animi” finishes off the album. It is an ambient piece with unassuming delayed guitar parts. A wash of noise comes and goes, but the rest of the track hardly notices its presence, it does not fulfill its full potential.
On a second listen it’s not quite as bad as I initially thought. Maybe a third attempt will really sway me.
3rd Listen: Well somebody must have been in a bad mood when he first listened to this. Save a few poorly structured sections and the need for some better production, De Ortu Solis, is not too bad. I actually really enjoyed most of it this time around. Context is often everything and the last album I listened to before this was atrocious so maybe that elevated my opinion on this, but I would suggest giving this a listen. Is it mind-blowing? No. It is generally quite listenable and did not really deserve the initial bashing that I gave it.
Conclusion: After the first listen I started to “get” De Ortu Solis that little bit more. If you can get around some poor production and some choice decisions in the composition then this is worth a spin. I feel that it will not take too much more of my music listening time though.
- First Impression: Bad
- Final Impression: Indifferent