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Review: Nidingr - The High Heat Licks Against Heaven
The High Heat Licks Against Heaven

Label: Indie Recordings
Year released: 2017
Duration: 41:45
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: June 14, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

This Norwegian Black Metal act has been around since 1992, the first four years under the name Audr. During the past 25 years, the band recorded four studio albums, their latest album, titled The High Heat Licks Against Heaven, released in February 2017.

The album is conceptually, not that surprisingly, about Norse mythology, and is a very angst-ridden, frustration-filled and even kind of experimental release, slightly crossing over the borders of Death Metal at times, reminding me of later era Entombed (like on "On Dead Body Shore", mainly due to Cpt. Estrella Grasa's vocal parts that are tad lighter compared to L-G Petrov's). What I find great about Nidingr's sound overall, they do sound kind of unique and have a lot of groove in their sound, yet they are clearly prepared to shatter some familiar boundaries within – and outside – the Black Metal genre. I would go so far as to say that if the current Entombed adopted a blacker approach and added some avant-garde and experimental influences here and there, it would become Nidingr.

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