|Review: Solbrud - Jaertegn|
Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
The four disturbed Danish fellows in Solbrud capture the true essence of Black Metal on their second full-length offering, Jærtegn. Solbrud was formed in 2009 and recorded their self-titled debut album in 2012 (released on Euphonious Records), an album that received a fair amount of positive feedback.
On the band's follow-up, the guys are truly testing the listeners. Each song on this release lasts between 9 and 15 minutes and offers a merciless onslaught of ferocious, chaotic, raw, grim and darkened Norse-sounding Black Metal. Try mixing Impaled Nazarene's Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz with something from early Mayhem, Beherit or even Immortal, but with the agony of length. So yeah, what you get is nearly 47 minutes of hellish coldness on Jærtegn. "Klippemennesket" is probably my favorite track, which clocks in at over 15 minutes and offers tons of pitch-black and icy-cold atmospheres, doomy passages, well-crafted bridges and nice acoustic guitar parts and pure chaotic Black Metal sections. The final icing on the black cake is Ole Lunk's torturous vocal delivery. Solbrud fucking deliver the goods in a great way and I am sure many Black Metal maniacs will find the stuff on Jærtegn appealing, too.
As a final comment, Denmark isn't really known for its Black Metal scene, but Solbrud are obviously going to change that for good, if Jærtegn is anything to go by.
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