Released: 2002, Wounded Love Records
The promo package trumpets Taake as being “For those who miss the good old days and the essence of Norwegian Black Metal!” After listening to this disc a few times, it is easy to agree with that statement. Formed in 1993 by mainman Hoest, Taake laid fairly low until ’97 when they signed with Wounded Love Records, though some demos and 7” EPs did get released in that time. 1999 saw the release of the NATTESTID... full-length and subsequent first live show, all of which brings us to the release of this new disc.
Recorded at the famed Grieghallen studios with producer Pytten, Taake have released an album that will do “true” black metal lovers proud. Cold is hell, and basically not produced, OBGH can stand strong as a severe black statement. Basically what you get here is what you’d expect out of a black metal album released in 1992 or 1993. Buzzsaw guitars, no discernible bass sound, and thunderous blastbeats are the order of the day. While it is true that little or no progression has been made in sound or song structure, Taake is not out to change the world. They are out to play devastating black metal, and in that they have succeeded.
One interesting point on the album for those who are interested in all things Norse, the album is apparently written in old Norse Futhark runes and sung in Norwegian verseform. This of course goes way over my head, being that I have no clue how to speak or read said language, but it does sound like a cool feature nonetheless.
If you miss the freezing forested sound of 1993, or think that bands Gorgoroth have sold out, Taake is for you.