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In Harmonia Universali

In Harmonia Universali is the fourth full-length album by Norwegian avant-garde metal band Solefald, and their last under the Century Media label. It was released on March 24, 2003. The album featured lyrics sung in four languages, English, Norwegian, French, and German.

At the time, this can be considered the band's darkest and most ambitious work. Scathing black metal is interspersed with free-range jazz pieces and electronic dissonance. Clean singing and gravel-voiced narration work roam free amongst the combination of grinding guitars with Hammond organ and piano interludes, with occasional saxophone lines appearing from time to time to keep the experimental element Solefald is known for intact.

Cornelius (the band's chief lyricist) had stated on the band website that much of the lyrics have a touch of Satanic undertones, and that it wasn't a coincidence; he believes that part of the formation of what metal is today is due to evil and the rhetorical figure of Satan, who in turn is praised on the song "Red Music Diabolos", claiming "our crazy music has to come from somewhere.".

Concept

Ten songs, ten wheels of time
To be buried in the body,
Grave to the mind -
Chained to an infinite universe
Where night is the rule
Ten songs, tell pills
To make the known look unknown
And the ancient feel new -
Pills against the ageless ills
Ten songs, ten rites
To purify the spirit -
Demons talking hard
And demons talk soft:

First, Gebura, for justice
Second, Munin, for knowledge
Third, Munch, for creativity
Fourth, Epictetus, for virtue
Then Dionysos, for pleasure -
Sixth, Diabolos, for music
Seventh, the Virgin, for fertility
Eighth, the Prophet, for charity
Ninth, Odin, for protection
Last, for light, the sungod Apollon

Ten songs, ten stories of
Extreme music science -
Solefald proceed to play

In Harmonia Universali

Track listing

  1. "Nutrisco Et Exinguo" – 7:11
  2. "Mont Blanc Providence Crow" – 5:16
  3. "Christiana (Edvard Munch Commemoration)" – 8:20
  4. "Epictetus & Irreversibility" – 5:58
  5. "Dionysify This Night Of Spring" – 8:12
  6. "Red Music Diabolos (Instrumental)" – 4:34
  7. "Buy My Sperm" – 4:35
  8. "Fraternité De La Grande Lumiére" – 5:12
  9. "The Liberation Of Destiny" – 6:28
  10. "Sonnenuntergang Im Weltraum" – 4:32

Credits

All lyrics and verse written by Cornelius.

Session musicians

  • Saxophone on songs I, V & VIII: Kjetil Selvik
  • Choir on songs III & V: Kristian Krüger, Kjetil Selvik and Sigurd Høye

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