Et Hav av Avstand is the 8th full-length studio album from the legendary Norwegian black metal band TAAKE. It consists of four songs clocking in at 42 minutes, displaying some of the finest songwriting yet from this epic one-man band. Fierce, but melancholy. Vigorously old-school but also progressive. retaining that unfiltered sense of unique rawness that is synonymous with Hoest's charismatic sound and musical identity. TAAKE still manages to stay relevant and at the forefront of the genre and Hoest, who plays every instrument on the album, has ensured that the album is imbued with the unique TAAKE sound whilst at the same time developing it further. This is unmistakably TAAKE, and as always, an intense work that surprises and enthrals.
...Taake continues to be one of the most consistent and exemplary acts in black metal and while at this point Hoest could coast by on legacy alone, the fact that he’s still able to deliver music this good and boundary pushing in his mid 40’s and after three decades is a testament to his skills and devotion to true Norwegian black metal at its best. The 6 year gap was well worth the wait. - Metal Bite5/5
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