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Review: Nifelheim - Unholy Death
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Unholy Death

Label: Darkness Shall Rise Productions
Year released: 2024
Duration: 37:13
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating:
4/5


Review online: June 23, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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When I got this, I thought we were finally being treated to a new Nifelheim album, but no, apparently that ship has sailed, and their recorded but unreleased album may never see the light of day. This is a compilation of the 1993 demo Unholy Death along with four other original songs, two intros and two covers from the band's early days and, considering that their albums were already pretty raw blackened thrash, it's unsurprising that this is above and beyond (below and beyond?) in terms of sounds and rawness. Actually, the sound is pretty good for what this is and things aren't uneven, unlike what we often see in such compilations. There's, of course, no "coherence" to this, being a compilation, but it's a hell of a nice collection of the band's early recordings. It's savage, crude, with a bit of a live feeling to it in terms of playing, much like if you were in the rehearsing room with the band. Most of the stuff here almost makes the band's albums sound polished in comparison, but don't take that as a negative comment: Unholy Death is listenable through and through as long as you don't expect some polished production. In the end, I got this feeling of kicking back in the band's rehearsal room and drinking a few cold ones while listening to them sharpening their skills.

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