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Review: Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal
Sort Vokter
Folkloric Necro Metal

Label: Transcendental Creations
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 1996
Duration: 37:36
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: April 20, 2017
Reviewed by: Omni
Readers Rating
Folkloric Necro Metal

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)

Sort Vokter was a one-off project of Ildjarn, Nidhogg and two other musicians, releasing the appropriately titled Folkloric Necro Metal as their only recording. Supposedly, everyone except for Ildjarn was under the influence of drugs during the recording. Other than Nidhogg, whose only musical contribution was vocals, the other musicians seem to have shared guitar, bass and vocal duties throughout the album. Drums are programmed like most Ildjarn recordings.

Aside from some brief ambience, this album is raw, fuzzy and lo-fi black metal that you'd expect from Ildjarn, except that the rhythms are a lot more dynamic and they provide a strong driving pulse that almost invokes electronic house music in its intensity. Both Ildjarn and Nidhogg are known to be fans of different types of electronic music, so this may have been intentional. This album is much more accessible than any of Ildjarn's solo material, although the songs are still simplistic and the guitar parts are still incredibly distorted. The riffs are extremely punky and basic, as is usual for an Ildjarn black metal project. As there are multiple vocalists, there's actually quite a bit of variation on the album, ranging from dry croaking to some very twisted howls.

The album ends perfectly, with a beautiful minimalist ambient track called "Fjellstev" that sharply contrasts with the intensity of the rest of the album. This track is similar to the music found on Ildjarn's solo ambient effort, Landscapes.

Folkloric Necro Metal is a more listenable alternative to most of Ildjarn's work while still retaining much of his signature sound. There isn't another black metal album that occupies quite the same sonic territory. This album should please fans of Ildjarn's raw black metal while also offering more variety that should please fans of all things lo-fi and bizarre. Like all Ildjarn-related music, there will also be a large number of people that just won't enjoy it. Seek it out if you are feeling adventurous.

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