Released: 2007, Century Media
10 years later…for some of you familiar with these guys.
I can always depend on Naglfar. No matter how shitty extreme music gets (and it just keeps getting shittier), I can always count on a solid record from these Swedes. Sure, it won’t top DIABOLICAL but it will always be good. Are their albums formulaic blackened death metal? Yeah, pretty much…but at least they’re really fucking good at it. HARVEST is more of the same from Naglfar: cruel, violent, scaphist-fetishizing – Norsecore.
That being said – I can still make the argument that things are starting to feel a little hollow with Naglfar. Honestly, I think any track off HARVEST could influx anywhere within PARIAH or SHEOL. In fact, if you were to create some kind of “best of mix” on those three albums…I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you which song came from where. The uniformity of Naglfar’s music will undoubtedly please some…but at the same time, it will alienate others (myself included with the latter) – as thus far, the only essential release by Naglfar is still DIABOLICAL.
Sonically (like I’ve said before), it’s blackened death metal. HARVEST is polished, fast, cold, and at times, catchy. But, for those of you who’ve heard Naglfar before, you know that any of their albums can be described with those words. This record is nothing new from Naglfar…they’ve just recycled themselves. And, hell, that could be enough as this is still a solid album…and it’s still light years beyond pretty much everything else being done in this genre.
Conclusion: HARVEST has the possibility of ending up on some year end lists (mine included, I suppose). I just hope the uniformity of Naglfar doesn’t hurt them in the long run.