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Black Book Lodge
Entering Another Measure




Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2015
Genre: Stoner, doom
Reviewer: Vinaya

  • A strange, dense listening experience



  • Entering Another Dimension is more like it. I quite enjoyed this Danish band's Mighty Music debut album, Tundra, so I was quite keen to see what they would do next. Just a year later, they've already dropped this followup, which counts as either a brief LP or a really long EP, if we use vinyl-era terminology (six songs, a little past the forty minute mark). But whereas Tundra immediately had me grooving to the band's rumbling stoner/doom grooves (which, like I said at the time, reminded me of Sahg's similarly superb Delusions Of Grandeur), this album often simply has me scratching my head. Kicking off with almost ten minutes of slow-grooving weirdness called "The Martyr," Entering Another Measure is decidedly weirder, less immediate and definitely less accessible than its effortlessly headbangable predecessor. Despite (perhaps actually because of) this, I have actually found myself listening to Entering Another Measure more than some albums I've enjoyed quite a bit more, trying to penetrate and appreciate its seemingly impenetrable wall of well-crafted but not particularly welcoming riffs and melodies. And despite these repeated listens, not much is sticking, making me feel that either I am being lazy as a listener, or these guys just haven't come up with the goods, songwriting-wise. And I'm still honestly not sure which it is. Perhaps a bit of both. The title track does bring a tad more accessibility than the first couple of tracks, and is perhaps the closest thing to Tundra you'll find on here, but even that song is somewhat lacking when it comes to infectious riffs. And although he doesn't seem to have drastically altered his style, I'm finding Jonny Jonsson's vocals coming across as a tad listless and again, uncommunicative, contributing further to this vague sense of the band lost in some sort of haze of their own making. So basically, I find it a bit lacking in the riff department, and somehow lost in its own world and showing little interest in communicating with Planet Earth. But that's not to say that the band never comes up with anything worthwhile or memorable, with "New Provenance" and the title track showing traces of major creativity in a form that mere mortals can appreciate. In general, Entering Another Measure is a strange, dense listening experience, but one that might be worth partaking in for the open-minded listener who can stomach this vague lack of emotional connectivity I find in the album. I grudgingly accept this followup to their excellent debut, but at the same time kind of hold out hope that they might produce something a tad more listener-friendly next time.


    About this Writer:
    Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BLACK BOOK LODGE
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Entering Another MeasureBlack Book Lodge
    2015
    Vinaya Saksena10/8/2015


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BLACK BOOK LODGE
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    DOR
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    TundraBlack Book Lodge
    2014
    Vinaya Saksena7/25/2014


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