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Review: Sorgeldom - Vithatten

Label: Frostscald Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 39:49
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: April 22, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

This is another Black Metal band that bets a lot on mixing non-metal, mostly acoustic songs with just plain old melodic Black Metal with a folk-ish vibe. Overall this is alright but there's a bit too much wankering – read "experimenting with goofy sounds" such as the first minute and a half of "I Fonstret Blickar Kvinnan", and that really, really breaks the mood of an album. Putting that kind of stuff aside, the actual Black Metal songs are not bad, if a bit monotonous at times, and melody and melancholy really run the show here. Throw in a mix of low Black Metal rasps and clean, folk-ish vocals and you get some welcome variety. Vithatten doesn't do anything that hasn't been done before, and what saves it is how Sorgeldom did a good job on conveying an atmosphere that is mostly melancholic and depressing, sometimes tip-toeing on the "scary" (for lack of a better word). Some people will totally eat this up (especially those who like their BM melodic and somewhat diluted), some won't be able to stand it. I'm somewhere in the middle.

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