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[Isengard] – Vinterskugge

Posted in Black Metal with tags on February 16, 2009 by scythlord

Release date: 1994
Band: Isengard
Album: Vinterskugge
Genre: Black Metal
Type: Compilation

Tracklist:

  1. Vinterskugge
  2. Gjennom Skogen Til Blåfjellene
  3. Ut I Vannets Dyp Hvor Morket Hviler
  4. Dommedagssalme
  5. In The Halls And Chambers Of Stardust – The Crystallic Heavens Open
  6. Fanden Lokker Til Stupet (Nytrad)
  7. Naglfar
  8. Thy Gruesome Death
  9. Deathcult
  10. Rise From Below
  11. Dark Lord Of Gorgoroth
  12. Trollwandering
  13. The Fog
  14. Storm Of Evil
  15. Bergtrollets Gravferd
  16. Our Lord Will Come

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Vinterskugge

Vinterskugge

Metal-Archive Review:
Written by TheBigDizzle on August 9th, 2004
A great compilation – 98%
Here we have the first bigger release from Isengard, Vinterskugge. This was an absolute great idea, to combine the first 3 demos for all to hear. It makes it a lot easier since demos can be hard to get sometimes, hail Fenriz for his great music making.

The first demo ‘Vandreren’, starts out folky with the title track Vinterskugge, this is a great song, it has some catchy riffs and Fenriz’ vocals are great as usual with the operatic sound. It then goes into a good instrumental track which fades out soon after it starts and then comes back in and gets a little more complex, it’s a nice track to listen to. The cd then completely changes gears and goes black metal with ‘Ut i Vannets dyp Hvor Morket Hviler’, this is a good black metal track with the standard black metal riffs and drumming and it is nice to have a variety. The rest of this cd basically follows this trend of going from more folky sounding songs to black metal to folk black metal and instrumentals. It is definetly one of the cd’s strengths that it is able to be so diverse that it never gets boring.

All the instrument playing on this cd is fantastic, Fenriz plays every single instrument like a pro, when he plays guitar he uses simple but effective riffs that are catchy and could even get you dancing the odd time. His drumming is pretty standard but it gets the job done and fits the music, this goes the same for the bass too, it’s standard, but a great kind of standard.

For Fenriz, the production on this cd is fairly clear. All the instruments are well heard, in comparison to Darkthrone or even the cd that followed this release ‘Høstmørke’, it is definetly great to be able to hear everything so well.

Fans of Darkthrone or folk black metal would do well to pick this up, when Isengard was active, I believe Isengard was at the top of the genre, Høstmørke was a little better than this, but this is still great none the less, If you can find it, get it.

[Gorgoroth] – Under The Sign Of Hell

Posted in Black Metal with tags on February 15, 2009 by scythlord

Release date: 1997
Band: Gorgoroth
Album: Under The Sign Of Hell
Genre: Black Metal
Type: Full Length

Tracklist:

  1. Revelation Of Doom
  2. Krig
  3. Funeral Procession
  4. Profetenes Apenbaring
  5. Postludium
  6. Odeleggelse Og Undergang
  7. Blood Stains The Circle
  8. The Rite Of Infernal Invocation
  9. The Devil Is Calling

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Under The Sign Of Hell

Under The Sign Of Hell

Metalstorm Review:
Written by Herzebeth on 31.01.2008
If you’re going to re-issue an album it better be a good one, it better be something worthwhile, it better be a freaking masterpiece actually…it better be Gorgoroth’s best record to date…”Under The Sign Of Hell”…

I remember the first time I ever heard anything from this band, it was something so loud and frightening that gave me nightmares for a week or two, something awfully caught my attention when I heard “Funeral Procession” that day, the vocals, Pest was (in my mind) the best piper this band has ever had, his shrieks where truly intense and almost scary, his performance in this song is just shivering in a word, that tune alone made this album one of the most recognized pieces in Black Metal to this day. “Under The Sign Of Hell” is maybe the most versatile piece when it comes to Vocals and Songwriting, it’s just incredible how many tones and layers we can find inside this masterpiece; high, fast, low, mid-paced, it’s all in there just waiting to burst.

Then there’s the music. Infernus creeps the environment with his strings, he throws catchy lines while holding powerful attacks on his hand; this is Black Metal in its purest form, blasphemous, raw, intense and really freaky, something that every fanatic of the genre must worship and adore. This is truly a very potent experience from the beginning to the end.

I wish more labels where as smart as Regain Records, if they were we’d be hearing classic pieces all over again, until then we’ll have to keep our good eye on Regain Records, maybe we’ll be rejoicing with old Deranged, Vader or Dismember soon…my fingers are crossed…

Masterpiece!!!

[Windir] – Likferd

Posted in Viking Black Metal with tags on February 14, 2009 by scythlord

Release date: 27 March 2003
Band: Windir
Album: Likferd
Genre: Viking Black Metal
Type: Full Length

Tracklist:

  1. Resurrection Of The Wild
  2. Martyrium
  3. Despot
  4. Blodssvik
  5. Fagning
  6. On The Mountain Of Goats
  7. Dauden
  8. Ætti Mørkna

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Likferd

Metalstorm Review:
Many people were shocked to hear about the tragic death of Bathroy frontman and creator, Quorthon, but as much influential he might be to the Metal scene, another great musician passed away at the end of this year, I’m talking about Windir’s vocalist, founder and main composer, Terje Bakken a.k.a. Valfar.

Valfar left behind him a great legacy called Windir, a Black Metal band that I suppose most of you are aware of. Personally I don’t like to define Windir as a Black Metal band, but as a Viking Metal band, because the Folk Influences are very present. The music, and the Nordic themes are also there.
The album is not your average Black Metal album, first, count with a superb production, and a wonderful illustration graces the cover art.

The album starts with the epic “Resurrection Of The Wild”. A fantastic piece where each part falls just in piece with the next one. The use of clean choruses gives the song a sensational feeling of one being in some Norwegian landscape. Next is “Martyrium”, my favorite song in the album, the Folk melodies in this song intertwine perfectly with the choruses and the guitar leads, creating one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had with a Black Metal album.

Keyboards play a mayor role in the music, giving always the perfect dose of atmosphere necessary to create the desired effect. The shrieks of Valfar are perfect, because they’re not too high, and although it seems impossible for a Black Metal singer to do, he sings following each melody of the album.

Almost each song is an anthem filled with blast beats countered by excellent Folk parts and catchy melodies, and those clean choruses, they’re just great! At the end of “Blodssvik” you’ll find some cool choirs too.

Sadly, Windir broke up after Valfar’s passing, and they’re playing their last gig on Sept. 3 2004, the day Valfar would have turned 26. Also that day, a last Windir album will be out, a double tribute/best of album. Windir is gone, Valfar is gone, what a great lost for the Metal community! At least we have this great album to remind us that once there was a great band called Windir.