Another excellent review for Okketaehm's Stones. This one once again by Goul's Crypt.
"I was on my way out the door one early winter morning in freezing
Denmark. I got in the car to go to work on the hitherto coldest and
snowiest morning this year, and like so many times before I was going
over my CDs to find a couple to bring on the trip. I was going to go
with some Entombed and Darkthrone, feeling like listening to some old
school stuff, but then I found Okketaehm's promo "Stones" from
Contaminated Tones Productions and thought I might aswell give a listen
on the way to work. Though the total play-time of Stones is a mere 18
minutes of grey, wintry, space-like ambience and raw black metal the
demo never left the car's CD player even though the trip is almost 40
minutes each way.
It was early, the climate was frosty and the road to work was long.
Having only ingested some toast and a cup of luke-warm coffee I wasn't
much in the mood for anything as I began my journey through the
soundscapes of Okketaehm. The music that met me through the speakers was
well befitting of the desolate roads. Stones consists of various parts
of icy black metal, dark ambience and something that borderlines white
noise mixed into one long track of 18 minutes, and all these parts in
conjunction with masterful production lead my mind to things like the
vast emptiness of space, void-like depression
and mist-veiled frostscapes. Characteristics I normally attribue to
bands like Darkspace, Ash Borer and Paysage d'Hiver. I admit I at this
point wasn't much focused on my driving.
Let's not kid ourselves, ofcourse Okketaehm isn't perfect or innovating,
but it sure as hell did make my drive to- and from work a lot more
enjoyable. Okketaehm provides incredibly accurate atmospheres, and while
you at times wonder wether the music is still on or someone is just
vacuumcleaning in a nearby room it simply adds to the enormous impact
the half-melodic black metal pieces of Stones presents."