Review from Chama do Metal

April 17, 2019
From: Chama do Metal
Published: April 16, 2019 

Omgeving é um projeto de Doom/Black Metal bastante experimental desenvolvido na Holanda por Franck Johanson, ao qual é encarregado por todos os instrumentos, sendo Wijde Wijdte, seu trabalho de estreia, lançado no ano de 2018. Omgeving possui uma característica peculiar, não há vocais, com o trabalho inteiramente instrumental, sendo perceptível que as reais intenções do álbum é focar em algo mais “atmosférico”, estando presente, uma gama de riffs característicos de Black Metal, com segundas linhas de guitarra mais harmônicas casadas com um teclado para dar o ar sombrio característico, as vezes lembrando um Depressive Black Metal. A velocidade se mantém lentamente uniforme ao longo do desenvolvimento do álbum, havendo pouquíssimos momentos de exploração de aceleração, como já demonstrado logo de cara nas primeiras faixas “Ouverture 2015” (esta digna do termo sombrio) e “Zwaartekracht Bestaat Hier Niet” onde a presença dos teclados se torna uma com a linha solo de guitarra.

 As guitarras possuem um timbre pesado, e flertam com a melancolia oras com o mistério, como na faixa “De Zon Ontmoet De Aarde”, que mal possui a presença de baterias, dando um ar de suspense, funcionando como uma faixa de introdução para a seguinte, “Wijde Wijdte”, que além de carregar o título do álbum, apresenta-se completamente atmosférica, sem a presença do trio guitarra/baixo/bateria, somente um sintetizador ao fundo, demonstrando claras influências de Dark Ambient no trabalho. Tirando as particularidades comentadas a respeito das duas faixas anteriores, o álbum se mante uniforme do início ao fim, sendo muito presente nele por completo uma atmosfera de mistério e suspense, por vezes melancolia, tornando este um trabalho bastante peculiar. Wijde Wijdte se trata de mais uma banda perfeita para momentos de contemplação, ambientando o ouvinte por um ambiente obscuro e sombrio e mergulhado na tensão.

Reviewed by: Eduardo Ronconi

 

Review from Sic Maggot Zine

March 31, 2019
From: Sic Maggot
Published: March 19, 2019 

Things from the Canadian publishing house Hypnotic Dirge Records I liked quite a while. Gradually, however, the taste has fallen, and recently, the newly released recordings of this otherwise rather sympathetic company I only rarely listen. I decided to fix it at least a bit through the debut "Wijde wijdte" of the Dutch project Omgeving . The genre box of post-black / doom metal looks quite repulsive, but the albums seemed pretty good to ...

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Review from Noizz Webzine

March 16, 2019
From: Noizz Webzine
Published: March 14, 2019

Tras el nombre de OMGEVING se encuentra el proyecto en solitario del músico holandés Franck Johanson (DISTILLATOR), quien ha dado rienda suelta a su pasión por el Metal más oscuro y la experimentación sonora, como podemos comprobar en lo que es su álbum debut “Wijde Wijdte”. Ocho cortes que vienen envueltos en un bonito digipack de varios cuerpos en el que destaca sobremanera la magnífica portada creada por Kuba Kujawa, con e...

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Review from Ave Noctum

March 16, 2019
From: Ave Noctum
Published: March 14, 2019

Instrumental albums and artists used to really bug me, I can’t quite put my finger on why they just did. Perhaps it was the fact that I didn’t have much time or care for more progressive sounds, or maybe it was because I felt as if it was lacking something. Whatever the case may be I have since grown up shall we say and now fully embrace a whole range of genres that are often pretty firmly rooted in the instrumental field. Give me anyt...

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Review from RTMB Music

February 11, 2019
From: RTMB Music
Published: February 1, 2019 

Post-black-doom proveniente de los países bajos, esta banda es el proyecto debut de un solo músico, Frank Johanson, y definitivamente este hombre crea un sonido que no será del agrado de los entusiastas más encariñados con los sonidos tradicionales de la música extrema.

Wijde Wijtde, es una colección de temas que definen lo que experimental significa, sonidos ambientales que escasamente podrías definir dentro de algún genero esp...

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Review from Dead Rheteric

January 23, 2019
From: Dead Rheteric
Published: January 17, 2019

Omgeving is an experimental project from Franck Johanson (of the thrash band Distillator) that attempts to do a number of different things and combine them into a fluid experience. Being on the Hypnotic Dirge label, one can already imagine that the album is going to be something different and off the beaten path (as well as bring in some gloom of some sort). None of those assumptions are incorrect, and Omgeving manages to provide a un...

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Review from Crossfire Metal

January 17, 2019
From: Crossfire Metal
Published: January 15, 2019

Omgeving ist das Soloprojekt des Niederländers Frank Johanson von den Thrash Metallern Distillator, die im letzten Jahr eine Split-CD mit den Berlinern von Space Chaser veröffentlicht hatten. Hier bezeichnet er seine Musik schlicht als „Klanglandschaften“, was es im Grunde auch am besten trifft. Bei Metal Archives steht als Beschreibung dafür eine Mischung aus Post-Black- und Doom Metal. Kombiniert werden hier aber vor allem ...

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Review from ZWareMetalen

January 1, 2019
From: ZWareMetalen
Published: December 30, 2018

Bij een naam als Omgeving denken velen onder ons wellicht dat het hier om een soort van ambientproject zal gaan. Niets van dat. Omgeving is een Nederlands project dat – ik neem het even over uit de promo – ‘crosses the boundaries of black metal, space rock, ambient, and doom’. Spek voor de bek van mezelf. De man achter dit project is Franck Johanson (Distillator), die normaal thrash uitbraakt. Als dat maar goed afloopt, denk j...

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Review from Metal Addicts

December 18, 2018
From: Metal Addicts
Published: December 16, 2018

No, not in a zillion years I would tell that Metal music would take this path. No way in hell. In  fact, this “Wijde Wijdte” isn’t the first album which features some instrumentals tunes with lots of incidental noises and effects. However, when you come to think, Metal has always done things to amaze and surprise us , hasn’t it?

I know, you are about to tell me that this trend in Metal isn’t that new. Okay, I get it. But, fo...

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Review from Pure Grain Audio

December 12, 2018
From: Pure Grain Audio
Published: December 10, 2018

Within metal - particularly the atmospheric side - we’ve seen explorations of space, nature, and all things in between. We’ve seen artists experiment with multiple styles and influences and infusing them with space and the unknown - for instance, Midnight Odyssey and Mesarthim, who focus on cosmic soundscapes in their music. Franck Johanson, a Dutch multi-instrumentalist, has brought forth a new project in this realm – Omgev...

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 Released: December 6, 2018
300 Copies
Genre: Blackened Metal / Space Rock

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