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Review: Nifelheim - Devil's Force
Devil's Force

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 1998
Duration: 32
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: October 26, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.95/5 (78.97%) (39 Votes)

Second album by those crazy Swedes, Devil's Force is in my opinion better than their still very good self-titled debut album. Always at the very opposite of selling out, Nifelheim deliver yet another slaughtering assault of very raw and brutal Black/thrash metal. The vocals vary from pretty standard BM screeches to thunderous ones, giving the listener a "frightening" feeling that the music is surrounded by a devilish voice. Very effective stuff. Musically this is very fast, raw and almost chaotic at times, with very effective and loud drum work, yet without overpowering the guitars. There's quite a bit of variety on the album, at times sounding like brutal Black, then Thrash, then a good mix of both - and they tend to do more solos than the typical "pure" Black Metal band. Definitely not monotonous. The album is only 32 minutes long but there's so much packed in there that it feels like it's longer than that. Some may want to take a break after that anyway. ;)

Overall a pretty impressive album that will most likely please fans of brutal Black Metal (not the pussified atmospheric keyboard stuff we get served by some bands), and some Thrash fans who can stomach the vocals may also find this of interest.

Maybe the US military should blast this stuff into strategically positionned speakers in Afghanistan to get Bin Laden out of hiding, it would probably be more efficient than the bombings. ;)

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