Review Date: 10th May 2019
Released: 29th March 2019
Distributor/Label URL: www.osmoseproductions.com
Review by: Megan Duc
Nordjevel began their journey in 2015 with Doedsadmiral. The group has since then created music whilst changing the lineup since then. The band then found their cohesion in 2016 with their self-titled debut album with Osmose Records. Their EP Krigsmakt was also released in March of 2017 on vinyl. Once again via Osmose, the band’s second album has arrived.
Already it’s noticeable that the album isn’t that full sounding.
Sunset Glow doesn’t pack a punch because of that, which is a let down as with a better quality recording protest I’m sure I’d appreciate it a lot more.
Devilry sounds a bit more full somehow. With the various rhythms stack on top of each other, it’s difficult to really sit still. The vocals sound super quiet in comparison to everything else also, they don’t stand out much except for the frustrating voice. Everything about it just seems chaotic.
The next track, The Idea Of One-Ness, really went from 0 to 100 with chilled picking all the way to drums going way past the speed limit. Vocals generally feel better in this one. It did, however, feel tedious.
Track four has a slow yet powerful driving force. This use of emphasis works brilliantly for them with complimenting picking on the guitars. I think because of the lack of feeling of a traditional structure, it’s easy to just be a backseat listener for these tracks which as you can likely imagine isn’t the most desirable thing.
Amen Whores and The Fevered Lands were the points where I well and truly got bored of the album and zoning out was inevitable.
Narazene Necrophilia had an intro which actually began to draw me in, at least more so than the past tracks, it had movement, more flow to it. Out of all of the songs on the album, I’d say this one is the track that I’d come back to and listen to again if any. The chord choices are satisfying and the slight swing in the groove allows the track to stand out.
We then go back to a mostly tedious track in Apokalusis Eschation, there are moments of picking up in the track but that momentum kept being dropped with was disappointing when they could’ve really had something. The ending would’ve maybe made it more suitable to close the album also.
The solo in the final track was a highlight, the rest, however, was mostly a miss. It was only the work on the guitars that pulled me through the frustratingly long eight-minute track.