Galar – De gjenlevende ALBUM REVIEW

This is honestly a pretty confusing album. On the one hand, it tries to be a very typical melo black album that doesn’t really push the boundaries that much. On the other hand, it tries to support that with orchestral viking metal. Inherently nothing is confusing about this combination. The confusion happens when you try to analyze if they do this well or not. This is a very repetitive album, in that not only is almost every song in the same key, but there seems to really only be one theme throughout the entire album. The main melodies and chord progressions sound very pop-alt metal at times, with their use of suspended chords before the resolution, which to me doesn’t fit with what the aesthetic of this kind of music is supposed to be. On the other hand, while I typically hate it when bands try to go for supposedly epic and beautiful orchestral sections (because typically they don’t accomplish either of those things), there are some genuinely great sections on this album, especially on the fourth and fifth tracks (ESPECIALLY on the fifth track). So I guess the main conflict here is the disparity between the occasionally fantastic orchestral sections with the honestly mediocre everything else. There’s always a danger in melodic anything that it’s going to sound cheesy, and this album doesn’t avoid that. In the end, I honestly think getting rid of all the black metal influences altogether would’ve benefited this album a lot, because it really only drags it down with the expectations of one aesthetic and the deliverance of something else. Straight up viking metal would’ve been much more beneficial in this case.


Forgotten Horror – Aeon of the Shadow Goddess ALBUM REVIEW

Whoever labeled this as thrash metal needs to learn how to identify music. This is absolutely melodic in every aspect, to the point where it’s actually a bit disturbing as to how someone could make that mistake. Anyway, this is the definition of just above average. The large majority of the album is entirely forgettable, but it does have just enough brief cool moments, moments where the notes sync up just right, where they play just the right chord at the right time, to where at the end you think “I don’t regret listening to that”. I certainly wouldn’t call it above average, but calling it at the high point of average would be pretty accurate. I will say I got a bit tired of the choir synths. At first it was kinda cool, then I couldn’t help but think it was going a bit overboard, especially with how often they were implemented. Not recommended, but I certainly wouldn’t desperately try to desperately beg you not to listen to this.


Vreid – Sólverv

Absolutely nothing special here. Melo black without any good riffs or solos, without any sort of sinister feeling, without anything to make it good, but with just enough cheese and cringey synths to be annoying to listen to. Production quality is good, but that’s about all I can say about this. 0 imagination, even in the parts that actually try.


Melechesh – Enki ALBUM REVIEW

A truly unique album in that it manages to make arabic inspired metal without it being too corny or phony. Unfortunately, it’s pretty standard aside from that. I did love the arabic folk music track that didn’t actually contain any metal in it at all, that was a nice break. I just wish there could’ve been something more, to say a word I really shouldn’t say, “epic” about the album to make me like it more, because the concept was really great.