|Review: Svartahrid - Sadness And Wrath|
|Sadness And Wrath|
Label: Soulseller Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 29, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:Sadness And Wrath
I had to do a bit of research on Svartahrid since no info was provided with the promo. Thanks to Myspace, I was able to find out that this trio hailed from Black Metal land, Norway. Founded in 1994 by Istar and Forn, they got signed in 1999 by no one else than Napalm Records who released their debut album, "Forthcoming Storm."
The nice cover art, genre description and so on got me interested in this Nordic act. Upon listening though, I was a bit left on my appetite, looking for more of a good thing. I don't mean to say that "Sadness and Wrath" is bad because it's far from that. We have here some good and talented musicians, no doubt about it. They play generic Pagan Black Metal with a certain epic feel around the edges and the production is good. It just seems as if the compositions were a bit uninspired and lacking in the originality department. Individually taken, you have good Black Metal with rasps, a touch of keyboards, guitar driven music done on mid to fast tempos. Collectively though, a certain redundancy settles. Of course, a couple tracks have a bit more to offer, like the dark symphonic intro bearing the band's name and "Framsyn" (nicely crushing with clean arpeggios and more upfront keys).
I believe that with Svartahrid, the best is yet to come.
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