Nidingr is a four-piece Norwegian black metal band comprised of an impressive line-up that includes current and former members of 1349, Gorgoroth, Dodheimsgard and Mayhem. With one previous full-length recording under their belt, SORROW INFINITE AND DARKNESS released back in 2005, Nidingr now offers forth their latest infernal hellstorm in the form of WOLF FATHER.
All of the song titles on WOLF FATHER appear to be in Norwegian. I believe the lyrics are in English, as far as I can tell anyway. The delivery of the vocals is more guttural than the accompanying music might have you expect it to be. There is nothing screechy sounding on the part of vocalist Cpt. Estrella Grasa, who sounds a tiny bit like Obituary vocalist John Tardy filling in for the Cro-Mags.
\”Fafnismol\” opens the album with lots of blastbeats, lots of diminished minor chords and tremolo picking. This is pretty straight forward late nineties inspired second wave Scandinavian black metal. Garm of Ulver and Arcturus, makes a nice little clean-vocals cameo on the album\’s second track \”Baldrs Draumar\”. \”Voluspo\” is disharmonic and depressive in nature, and an album highlight I would have to say. \”Hymiskvitha\” opens with a thrashing polka beat and has more of an atmospheric quality to it than the album\’s other five tracks, one could argue. The whole affair comes blasting and crashing to an end with the manic \”Lokasenna\” ending very much in the same fashion it began.
Hellhammer turns in another top-notch skin-bashing performance. Nidingr guitarist Teloch, who is quickly becoming a much sought after musician in black circles, has been afforded the luxury, yet again, of having his playing accompanied by one of the very best drummers in extreme metal, previous outings in both 1349 and Ov Hell have found the six stringer playing alongside Frost of Satyricon fame, and now Hellhammer on WOLF FATHER. That is incredible. According to this formula Tony Laureano must be next.
Anyhow, a solid effort on the part of Nidingr. They are not trying to re-invent the wheel here whatsoever, but they are all very talented at what they do. I guess my only real gripe with WOLF FATHER would be the album artwork. It must be lost in translation, due to the Norwegian song titles, but I am left a little clueless as to why something so wicked sounding has another one of these \”nature scene\” album covers.
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