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Rúnar Magnússon: Options

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Published September 15, 2010

You’ve got to hand it to the guys at Hjlóðklettar records. The pack for Rúnar Magnusson’s latest release comes on a USB stick with stickers, films, free noise tracks, a bar of soap (?) and pictures of a person that can only be described as Harry Potter from his Hitler Youth days.
But the main focus is on two tracks. The first track, ‘Slowly Inhabits a Body’, contains a harrowing black metal drone laced with medieval harpsichord samples and distorted pagan rhythms. It conjures up images of plague ridden monks trudging in the snow to a witch burning at Þingvellir. The second track, ‘The Heathen Harp – A Pärt For The Dreamachine’, is alas not as brutal and doesn´t really go anywhere, but does evoke cinematic dystopias such as Blade Runner and has its own oppressive atmosphere.
Options is a black and evil release and is not suitable for parties, children or Hafdis Huld fans,  lest they keel over and die from the bleakness of it all. Are we sure this guy isn´t Finnish?

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