Kkoagulaa - Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi

Those who know of Kkoagulaa know that it is the reformation of the Norwegian experimental black metal band, Manes. It consists of basically the same members under new names. As for the music, it's one looonnng single track of random, experimental music. Basically, if one took Manes's How The World Came To An End album and instead of spanning it over several tracks, condensed it into one, that's how you get Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi. It would be very hard to call this music 'metal' at all since it is mostly electronic soundscapes featuring numerous vocal samples, bleeps, and synthetic beats. Very random, very experimental. The most 'metal' part of the track would be near the end where the vocalist starts snarling away over some guitar notes, but everything is still electronically dominated.

While this may not be metal, the word done by Kkoagulaa should be praised for their innovations and unique musical structures. It's very rare a band will go to such dangerous lengths to create something that is basically uncontainable in a genre sense. The album is all over the place, but not in a bad way. The single track is completely bursting with energy and originality that is not seen in many metal bands today. It is unclear as to say whether Manes will continue to be on hold and the group will continue was Kkoagulaa as pure experimental/ electronic music, but as long as their creativity keeps flowing fans should be happy.

  1. Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi

Reviewer: Colin McNamara
May 24, 2010

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