When black metal goes progressive, Archaic Triad selects another promo. Actually, that’s largely fake news, but there is some truth to it. We still reel from the horror of many a “development” and cross-over, and yawn desperately at a whole lot of what the former gods of Norway are up to these days. That being said, proper reinvention can sometimes really contribute something to the genre, or at least produce a good album.
Diĝir Gidim have left behind the notion of leaving behind extreme sound and extravagant metaphysical views, and gone full on 90’s when it comes to thematic dedication and attitude. I Thought There Was the Sun Awaiting My Awakening comes with lyrics as long as your arm, delving deep into an esoteric construct of Sumerian and Egyptian religious ideas, occultified Nietzscheanism and diverse notions of enlightenment and gnosis. There are hints of early occult/ritualistic dungeon synth bands like Akrabu, and of course of the immortal Absu, in the lyrical and conceptual style, even though Diĝir Gidim write in a slightly more straight-forward manner.
The music also has hints of Absu, especially the rabid speed and unusual rhythmic patterns, but there are far fewer thrash metal influences. Other major bands that could be mentioned include Dissection or even late Emperor, but overall Diĝir Gidim have a far more uncompromising and at times atonal sound (leaving the far more primitive production aside). There are plenty of traditional, minor dominated chords and melodies, but also a whole lot of insane dissonance, extremely reminiscent of Danish one-demo-wonder Yggtyrhyrkkh Hin Dystre. There are even some guitar work which could be described as technical death metal. Lethargic clean singing, moldy synth sounds and a generally ritualistic atmosphere all add further to a mood that is difficult to describe. And it’s not like we’re getting paid to try.
Diĝir Gidim manage to rekindle an extremely traditional concept of black metal, with an uncompromising sound and an apparently honest dedication to occult theory and practice. There is no post-prefix here. At the same time, they push the musical boundaries of the genre quite far, utilizing a heavy reliance on dissonant harmonies, a taste for tech-deathish riffing and a willingness to do whatever it takes to convey their idiosyncratic vision to a most likely quite uncomprehending world. Perhaps we needn’t add that we recommend I Thought There Was the Sun Awaiting My Awakening wholeheartedly.
The album is available from the label, ATMF.