Released: 2012, Century Media
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
One of the big names in the Swedish Black Metal scene, Naglfar, returns with their 6th full length album, Teras. Fusing elements of both Black and Death Metal and using a mixture of both the melodic and brutal styles of both in their song writing, Naglfar have created a true soundtrack to darkness that makes the long 5 year wait since the last album all the more worth it!
Kicking off with the slow, epic and pounding intro Teras, this is an album that immediately captures the listener’s attention and starts getting their adrenaline going. From the atmospheric melodic backing vocals mixed with the really great aggressive tormented screams of Kristoffer Olivius and the awesome production on all of the guitars and back line, it’s an album that will certainly perk your ears up right from the start with its bombastic and larger than life sound.
The second track Pale Horse shows just why Naglfar have made such a name for themselves in the world of Black Metal, as the material is fast and aggressive, yet also melodic and in places has really great slower grooving parts to really diversify the material and create a good array of riffing and technical song writing and even has elements of the same kind of great melodic Black Metal of bands like Watain and Dissection. The same can also be said for the 3rd track III: Death Dimension Phantasma which has even more groove laden riffs throughout the song and mixes them with fast paced blast beat segments and the slower mid paced chorus and I think it’ll definitely be one to be heard live on their next tour. The Monolith has a much slower more plodding pace to it but the riffs and overall sound on this song really is Monolithic in itself and the song really does serve its title well, it sounds fantastically epic.
The production on the whole album in fact is really nicely done, the guitars have a nice mixture of high end treble and good low end crunch which is then complimented by the warm low end tones of the bass guitars and the keys, drums and vocals all sound nice and clear and prominent. It has to also be said that Dirk Verbeuren (current drummer for Soilwork) has done a really great job of being the session drummer for this album as well, his playing really helps to accentuate the slower more groove orientated parts of the songs and in the more faster parts he keeps the rhythm section of the band locked in extremely tight.
Stand out tracks on the album for me would have to be Pale Horse, The Monolith, Come Perdition and the epic 8 minute long closing track The Dying Flame Of Existence. This album should definitely be something to check out for any fans of Melodic Black Metal in the same style as great names such as Watain and Dissection as all the same epic qualities to the music are all there to be heard. This is a solid album and definitely one that will keep you coming back to listen to it again. Here’s hoping that the wait for the next Naglfar release won’t be as long as we can see these guys destroying stages across the world again soon!
Review by Joffie Lovett