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Review: Nifelheim - Devil's Force (re-issue)
Devil's Force (re-issue)

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 1998
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: July 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)

Devil's Force marks the return of Beetle Juice and his S&M compadres. I can take two-three or perhaps four songs like this, but two albums back to back is quite a torture.

The band with a Batman-ish style logo is stepping back with a bit of a "déjà vu" sort of album. Cool cover art at least, just like on their debut, and more of the "in your face" Black Metal. Still not lasting much more than thirty minutes, I was nonetheless eager for the songs to be over. Repetitive in style, pace and furiousness, not much is being proposed, once again, by Nifelheim. On the other hand, now two of the members are playing guitars, although they still hired the same two session musicians. Most likely those two are to be accounted for the slight increase in the melodic department. Track #2, "The Final Slaughter" has some nice lead guitar work during one the moderate passages. We can find those paces a bit more often on this album. As it was the case with their first disc, the closing track is also a cover. This time, it was taken from Vulcano's discography, and it happens to be one of the best songs on the CD. Other than that, you'll be struck in the face by fast, vicious and relentless Black Metal. On many occasions, you'll hear those hyperactive and short guitar solos. These appear as cut and paste recordings that were added on just about every song.

Ok, now this is finally done. Devil's Force is a bit better, still not worth burning any red light to buy.

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