|Review: Ereb Altor - Järtecken|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: October 29, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Eighth album for Ereb Altor, who continue to be remarkable in their refusal to settle down into a single style, instead changing up their sound on almost every album, pulling in elements of Doom, Black, and Folk Metal to weld to their Bathory-based Viking approach.
I always enjoy Ereb Altor, but sometimes their albums work better than others, and this one is not as enjoyable as Ulfven. They have always struggled with some disjointed elements in their sound, and this time they were not able to blend them together as well. So despite every song having some really strong parts, the whole never really comes together as well as it could. One song will march forth with a solid, Bathory groove and then they will break things up with something faster and thrashier, and it just does not fit in.
So overall this has some good bits, but a lot of it is rather faceless, and it does not hold together and conjure a consistent atmosphere, which other albums by this band prove they can do really well when they want to. Decent but not their best.
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