|Review: Vindland - Hanter Savet|
Label: Black Lion Productions
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 16, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (10 Votes)
A French Black Metal band here, using multiple languages (Latvian, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, German, etc.), to spread their own Black Metal manifest on their debut studio album, titled Hanter Savet. So Vindland is the name of this 3-man outfit? At first I honestly thought I was listening to a record from a Swedish band, perhaps due to the fact they are on a Swedish label (a tiny mention: Hanter Savet was previously available only in digital format), plus the band's name itself gave me a pretty misleading signal as well.
Anyway, this French Black Metal patrol plays a relatively Swedish-tinged Black Metal, in which the main emphasis is on big, horizon-painting melodies that always get some extra admiration and respect in my book. So it's no wonder why Black Lion Productions wanted to catch this French trio under their blackened wings. In some sense there's also some sort of Norwegian Black Metal twist to Vindland as well, thanks to the vocals of Romuald, who tends to remind me of Abbath on some early Immortal albums every now and then. His croaked, dry vocal parts added to this very "Sweden-ized" flood of acoustic passages, airy and big guitar melodies accompanied with some true and primal Black Metal aesthetics all give this album strong wings to carry the songs further, right to the end. I just never got bored at any point while being entertained by this well-crafted opus. Vindland has all the potential to spread their name even further among the Black Metal audience as Hanter Savet is already a clear indicator of these French men's true talent. There's always been a market for melodic and atmospheric Black Metal, so chances for Vindland to gain at least a decent amount of success amongst the Black Metal circles are more than 50/50.
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