One might find it hard to believe that Naglfar
has been around for fifteen years now and their new disc žHarvestÓ is their
fifth album, but both are true. These melodic black metal masters have put-together
nine tracks and forty-five minutes plus for your listening pleasure. žHarvestÓ
is a great follow up from their 2005 release žPariah,Ó it picks up where
that left off, even adds another step up in quality. Naglfar uses a good
combination of elements like ferocious black metal vocals, addicting guitar
riffs and blast-beats a plenty. Everything from the melodic to the fastidious
shows the great range and dynamics of this band. žHarvestÓ is full-sounding
with nothing missing in the composition. These Swedes know what appeals
to true metalheads of the world and with tracks like žThe Mirrors of My
SoulÓ and žThe Darkest Road,Ó there can be no question about it. žInto the
Black,Ó žBreathe Through Me,Ó žOdium Generis Humani,Ó žFeeling Moloch,Ó
and the namesake for the album, žHarvest,Ó are all quality tracks as well.
žHarvestÓ is one of the forerunners for metal album of the year for me.
It should be for you as well. Long-live Naglfar!!
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins
This album hasn't been that extensively reviewed
like it should be though the existing ones have done it some justice. 'Harvest'
is a blend of actually 2 genres of Metal "Blackened Death Metal" and pure
"Black Metal". I have not heard previous releases by this band but they
used to, according to the data, be strictly "Black Metal".
The lyrics are a perfect match for the music -- they are basically about
death, dying, suicide and severe depression. Each song is melodic pretty
much all featuring blast beats, melodic guitar riffs, "Wrath's" sick vocals
and some blinding solos (on a few tracks). I conclude that there are no
weak points to this album. It's well mixed, each instrument/vocals aren't
lacking anything really amazing release.
There are however many tempo changes to the songs not everything is just
blast beating frenzies. The melodic parts are really amazing and original.
They stand alone here with 'Harvest' being dubbed by some to be one of the
top releases of this year. Not enough people into Metal have heard this
though I encourage everyone that likes "Black Metal", "Death Metal" and
"Blackened Death Metal" to purchase this ASAP! I doubt that you will dislike
it in any way.
If this work sounds promising now to you check out some tracks such as "Into
The Black", "The Darkest Road" and the title track "Harvest". These are
my favorite songs though I love all of them! If you aren't able to find
any of their songs on the Internet then I suggest that you just purchase
Check out Naglfar's home page at www.naglfar.net.
Reviewed By: Death8699 - http://www.death8699.com/