|Review: Vreid - Welcome Farewell|
Label: Indie Recordings
Year released: 2013
Review online: May 18, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
Welcome Farewell is the sixth album from Norway's Vreid and it is full of melodic Blackened Thrash. I hesitate to call it Black because the music is very riff-oriented with tremolo picking taking a back seat. The vocals are a moderately understandable rasp and suit the songs well. Welcome Farewell is most definitely metal though I hear some nods to 70s Hard Rock, believe it or not, subtly mixed in a few of the songs. "The Devils Hand" has a riff that sounds suspiciously like something KISS would have played in their heyday while "Sights of Old" goes for a moody atmosphere that wouldn't be out of place on an early Rush album. I don't mind these touches but they do mean Welcome Farewell isn't the rawest album out there so "kvlt" fans may not find much value. The flashbacks are not frequent and the rest of the album sticks to chugging Thrash. Those of us who prefer a good dose of melody are the target audience and Vreid are around the bull's eye enough to make Welcome Farewell an album worth checking out.
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