|Review: Skogen - Vittra|
Label: Frostscald Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 8, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Vittra is an album I liked from the beginning and it certainly became a regular in my playlist. Skogen is a Swedish act, the work of a duo, namely J. Svensson and M. Nilsson. They both take care of vocals, guitars and bass. Mr. Nilsson additionally handles keyboards and mixed this album. Since no drummer is credited, I gathered they used a drum machine, although the drum sounds nicely natural.
I don't understand Swedish, but I can feel that nature is the main source of inspiration here. Some people call it "hippy black metal", which is kind of nice. In any cases, when nature themes and black metal are involved, the result is often very pleasant to listen. This is no hatred/anti-Christians or a vicious type of black metal. In fact, I found Vittra quite relaxing, sometimes perhaps a bit too much, but in the end, this disc is a real musical pleasure. Moderate tempos, ambient keyboards, frequent acoustic/classical guitar parts, clean epic vocals and generally speaking a great deal of harmonious tones. All of this contributes to make this release a nicely melodic opus. Lengthy/elaborate tracks also add a definite epic flavor to their overall sound. Distorted leads, crunchy riffs, wicked vocals, occasional double basses and a mixture of melancholy and a haunted atmosphere set Vittra in the black metal arts.
There are no fillers, no useless/pointless intros, just plain good black metal on this disc. I could list just about any tracks as great so, yes Vittra is a highly recommended album for all the black metal hippies out there.
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