Svadilfare are a 1 man band from Norway that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of his 2015 album "Krig I Kunst" which will be released on March 22nd by Naturmacht Productions.
A very dark and raw black metal sound starts off the album along with some angry shouts a few seconds later which evolve into grim, depressive and high pitched screams and you can also hear chants being utilized in the background at times and the music does speed up at times and also brings in a great amount of blast beats.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the songs also bring in a decent amount of melody at times along with a small amount of clean playing while some tracks also bring in clean singing viking vocals that also gives the recording more of an epic and pagan feeling.
When solos and leads are utilized they remain true to a melodic musical direction and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the songs at times bring back the feeling of 90's Norwegian Viking and Pagan/black metal and also bring back some of the epic structures those bands had as well and there are also a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length and the last track also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Svadilfare creates another album that continues the pagan and atmospheric black metal sound of his previous recordings while still having a perfect balance between heaviness, darkness and rawness as well as having a great amount of melody and epic structures, the production sounds very dark and raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics are written mostly in Norwegian along with a couple in English and cover Norse Mythology, Anti Christianity and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Svadilfare and if you are a fan of pagan or atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Evig Motstand I Eit Dyrenrike" "All Religion Must Die" "Liket I Svartediket" and "Despair, Depression and Contempt". 8 out of 10.