Although the compositive vein of King ov Hell has always been very different from that of Infernus, and this is evident in Ad Majorem, I Begin is a completely different album. Here King ov Hell gives vent to his experimental inspiration, as indeed he was already doing with his side project Ov Hell, along with Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir.
It can be said that In I Begin black metal meets prog, thanks to the keyboards that are reminiscent of the keyboards of the 70s prog bands, like Deep Purple . Needless to say that the production is impeccable.
The beginning of the first song “Awake” could make believe that I Begin is similar to Ad Majorem, but then the chorus makes it clear that it is something different. The third song “Allt liv” is the first song on the album that is more explicitly experimental. “Aldrande tre” is without scream and there is chorus at the refrain. “The Wound” is slow and powerful like “Sign of an Open Eye” from Ad Majorem.
There is no need to believe that I Begin is full of choruses, strange instruments or other similar stuff; it is an album that combines brutality and experimentation and can be very brutal sometimes. Excellent performance by Gaahl. This album will appeal to those who want to listen to something different, but it is really beautiful.
I begin was released on October 23, 2012 through Indie Records
1. “Awake” 04:43
2. “This from the Past” 05:18
3. “Alt liv” 04:08
4. “From the Running of Blood” 05:19
5. “Hinstu dagar” 04:55
6. “Aldrande tre” 04:45
7. “Lit” 05:17
8. “The Wound” 04:45
9. “Bloodline” 03:44
King ov Hell - bass, music (tracks 1-6, 8-9 & 11)
Geir Bratland - keyboards, music (track 10)
Lust Kilman - guitars, music (track 7)
Sir - guitars
Kenneth Kapstad - drums
Gaahl - vocals, lyrics