Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk Vitagen
By Marcus Pan
Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk is an ambient creator going
under such monikers as MZ.412, Folkstorm, Toroidh and others. His work is
considered top shelf in the dark ambient community, and he has a succinct
control and mastery over his soundscapes. I number him among such greats as Joe
Renzetti(1) and Autocad(2). Henrik's use of almost nothing to create imagery
and foreboding that most people would be hard pressed to do with everything is
A long period of buzzy nothingness opens Vitagen with
Sterile. Washed out ambient vying to remain just slightly in the
background with a metallic tinge and taste. The ambient background remains
similar as we move through Vitagen, and does provide a very surreal
quality to the environment...a spookiness that is hard to find in other minimal
artists. Henrik has a good command of soundscaping so that while others achieve
minimalism for the sake of it, Henrik achieves a minimalism that is imbued with
feeling and, while slow, movement.
Orgasmo Nero adds some slight vocal utterings giving
Vitagen a nightmarish feel and moving further into an abyss of
loneliness and decay. Oinega slides in a strange beat without damaging
the minimalism of the surrounding ambience, a hard feat to accomplish. The
grungy rhythm combines nicely with the chorales of Oinega to pick up the
pace of the nightmare.
Vitagen is not a fast moving collection of music. It
is instead intended for deep and thoughtful musings, background spookiness and
uses a very small stable of sounds and effects. Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk does a
good job of creating strong feelings out of nearly nothing at all a
talent hard to come by and hard to find in the ambient washes of today.
Likewise the pressed fold out that holds the CD is wonderful.
Post: Caixa Postal 20020, Juiz de Fora, MG, 36016-970, Brazil
(1) Joes latest, Aniron, was
reviewed in Legend #144.
(2) Their Penultimatum release was
reviewed in Legends #110.