Similar to the enstranged Captain Willard in Coppola's 1979 classic "Apocalypse now", Niels Nielsen and Slidin' Slim a.k.a Anders Landelius are on a mission. Their quest might not be to venture up a slow Cambodian jungle river looking to assassinate the deranged Colonel Kurtz, but evocative of Conrad's novel - upon which Coppola's film is based - the two of them are drawing near to the heart of darkness.
Rooted in the blues, but with an industrial, electronic delivery, the duo takes us through dark tunnels with no sign of light. In a steelmill backyard, the hound of hell sits howling, chained to the wall. In a corner of the rusty, abandoned complex, Muddy Waters picks up a pawn in a chess games against Trent Reznor. And on a stool nearby, bluesman, lyricist andDead Soul frontman Slidin' Slim sits pondering upon betrayal, loss and own missteps - hardon himself yet angered like an Old Testament God. Slim's musical accomplice Niels Nielsen is at the helm, fanning and controlling the flames produced.
Being a debut album, "In the darkness" seems unusually complete. It is unmistakably bluesy without the sometimes rigid frames of that genre. Add to the mix an industrial/electronic weight, serving as a platform for the confessions of frontman and singer Slim/Anders.
Dead Soul was formed in 2012as a cooperation between blues artist Slidin' Slim and electronic artist, song writer and producer Niels Nielsen. The two of them had collaborated earlier, but now, as Dead Soul, they have created something entirely new and darkly enthralling.
Welcome into the darkness....