Yurei - Night Vision (Adversum)

A new opus by Norwegians most gifted composer?
Release Date: 
25 Oct 2012 - 11:30pm

Some people think that the worst part of being a reviewer is having to review albums that we may not like. That is true in a sense, but by far worse is having to review an album that you know you are really, really going to dislike moments after the first songs start to play.  And then having to have the strength and perseverance to sit through another forty odd minutes of more of the same, because hey, after all we have to give each band a chance right? Just in case that, by some small miracle, the second half might be a pleasant surprise. In most cases its not, and unfortunately, Yurei falls firmly into this catagory. 

We're really not sure what Bjeima, one of Norway's 'most gifted composers' (ahem), is actually trying to achieve with Night Vision.  Sure, there are probably an eclectic few who enjoy their music spatial and challenging, but there is no heart, soul or substance in this music.  Nor are there any decent chords or riffs to mosh to.  Certainly no catchy songs over these ten tracks. And we seriously have to wonder if there is even actually any point. 

If for some reason you are still curious about Yurei we would be hard pressed to actually describe the music on Night Vision, which may be a small credit to Bjeima.  If we were going to make an attempt though, we would probably call it some of of weird minimalist jazz. There are even parts that sound like the proggiest of Opeth, but in this case, that's not really a good thing. No, there is certainly nothing exciting about this music. 

There are some albums that us reviewers have to sit through where we think that we would probably get more enjoyment in sitting and watching the paint dry.  For this reviewer personally, Night Vision would be one of those albums. But of course that's just personal opinion and who are we do judge? Perhaps there are fans of Bjeima's previous work in such acts as Alfa Obscura, The Ghost Conspiracy and Virus.  At the end of the day, each to their own, we're just writing it as we hear it.