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Vindland- Hanter Savet

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The latest album causing a rift within the underground elite is French sextet Vindland’s debut, Hanter Savet.  This isn’t happening by accident either.  Vindland’s unique blend of melodic black metal and triumphant Viking metal is a refreshing diversion from the typical, trve kvlt sound we normally find coming out of France.  The sound of Hanter Savet is reminiscent of Windir but the guitar riffs have the catchiness and classic sound of Sargeist or Taake.

Vindland manages to create a triumphant and heroic sound without relying on the use of folk instruments the way so many bands do today.  The simplicity of their formula is what makes this release so charming.  Being a sextet enables the band to create a really full, almost orchestral kind of sound.  The wall of dissonance Vindland is able to create is pretty remarkable.

The album opens predictably, with a formulaic black metal riff.  A lot of the album sounds like tailor-made, melodic black metal, but Vindland differentiates themselves by cleaning up the guitar parts and injecting affecting, instrumental passages throughout the album that send listeners on an emotional joyride deviating from victorious to tortured.

The production is clean but maintains an underlying grittiness that is often lost among the more melodic bands.  The album’s true strength is in its atmosphere.  The Tolkien lyrical themes are a bit played out, but at least no one can accuse the band of being pretentious.  This is pure, unadulterated viking/black metal; unafraid to be fucking nerdy or glorious.

Skeud Ar Gwez is a particularly interesting addition to this album.   Its slow and haunting, DSBM intro progresses into a full on dissonance that perfectly coalesces with an almost power metal essence, only to end with the same melancholy that opened the track.  The track practically tells a story.  In true epic fashion, the album ends with a bonus track, which I find rather quaint.  Although Vindland merely added to a saturated zeitgeist of melodic black metal, they did it with an expertise that earns them an instantaneous spot amongst the best in the genre.  Hanter Savet is a must listen for 2016.

8/10

https://vindland1.bandcamp.com/releases

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Varg Vikernes Arrested Once Again.

indexLooks like our boy Varg is at it again.  Varg Vikernes was arrested in France on Tuesday, June 16 along with his wife, Marie Chachet.  Police say he was a suspect in planning a massacre after acquiring a copy of the far right wing terrorist’s  Breivik’s, manifesto and searched his home for weapons and explosives.   Breivik is responsible for both the Oslo bombing and Utoeya Massacre which left 77 people dead.  The police decided to take both Varg and his wife into custody after Marie Chachet purchased two firearms.  They will remain in custody until further investigation.

Varg has already served a 16 year sentence for numerous counts of arson and the murder of fellow black metaller Euronymous.  He is also involved in some questionable Neo-Nazi and nationalist groups.  Is anyone really surprised?

I guess the part I find the most hilarious is the fact that I remember being at the edge of my seat, anticipating Varg’s release in 2009 only for him to write pure garbage upon his release from prison.  In reality, Varg’s beliefs have changed little from the time he was arrested to now.  If anything he’s become more extreme.  Varg is simply more criminal than musician.  But in good faith why don’t we go ahead and celebrate Varg’s early career with a little Det Som En Gang Var.  Happy Listening!  Hails!

Abduction

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Doom and gloom is everywhere you look anymore. French quartet Abduction are no exception to this rule with their 2010 demo Heights’ Shivers. An intriguing mix of melody emblematic to Sweden’s distinguishable sound and shoegaze, Heights’ Shivers conjures images of dreamscapes and dead forests drenched in rain.

The demo showcases solid musicianship, catchy melodies and hypnotic acoustic interludes. Not intricate enough to be defined as progressive and not depressive enough to be shoegaze, at times the demo fails to capture a definitive feel, specifically the song Banquet for Another Dead World, leaving he listener a bit confused.

Emulating bands like Sweden’s Dammerfarben, China’s Midwinter and even early Opeth, the demo will likely please most shoegazers and headbangers alike, with progressive changes and depressive lapses, followed still by melodic black metal riffing. Time will tell if Abduction is to hone their sound to a more tangible feel. For now Heights’ Shivers is an interesting addition to my collection, but, as usual, I will let you all put this artist to the test. Happy Listening. Hails!

http://www.last.fm/music/Abduction