|Review: Rimfrost - Veraldar Nagli|
Label: Season Of Mist
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 1, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rimfrost propose a mid-paced Black Metal with hints of Thrash and even a tiny dose of Melodic Death Metal with Veraldar Nagli. This is not the über raw nor high speed variety, but rather something more laid back, heavy and even kind of depressing/sorrowful. I remember reading some comparisons to Immortal a while back. Well, let's not get excited here. They have a few guitar parts that borrow from Immortal's book, but it's more of a pale copy that doesn't come close to the original – not bad, just not great. The vocals are raspy, sometimes almost clean without quite getting there. Such parts do carry some good vocal melodies and are sometimes one of the few highlights of the album.
Something seems to be missing here. Even though the album isn't bad overall, it does have kind of a bland feel to it, with nothing really reaching out, barely any highlights. I would tend the blame a lot of this on the production which falls rather flat, because one can just feel like those instruments are struggling to get out of those speakers and floor you. It just doesn't happen. With that said, if you get past that, there's some pretty cool stuff hidden here – even though some of the guitar parts can get boring quickly, you'll still find some pretty catchy, razor-sharp playing scattered here and there, enough to keep the listener's interest up. This is especially true of the more Immortal-like passages which, want it or not, are sure to catch the attention of any Immortal fan. In the end, this could have been much better, but it's an alright album.
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