8/3/2007 - Review by: David Loveless
Naglfar - Harvest - 2007 - Century Media
Harvest, finds the band in extreme, top-notch form as they deliver a set of 9 ungodly hymns that comprises of masterfully crafted songs, containing all of the elements listed above, along with crystal clear production. One thing that is strikingly unique about Naglfar is the abilities of vocalist Kristoffer "Wrath" Olivius. Whether it is his standard black metal vokills, screams, or death metal influenced growls, Wrath manages to remain quite audible the whole album through. This adds to the listening pleasure of the album as the lyrical content can properly accompany the majestic offerings of the music. The music itself is a master class of black metal and death metal that blends technically potent riffs and precision drumming, giving an overall epic feeling of unholy betrayal. Although all the tracks on this CD stand out, my favorites include Odium Generis Humani and Feeding Moloch. These songs are ferocious, raw and have a very energetic vibe that enhances the scope of their songwriting ability.
Naglfar has proven once again what it is like to remain supreme in the underground black metal scene. One thing that sets Naglfar apart from the rest of the pack is their very infrequent use of keyboards. Instead, they rely heavily on guitar-laden riffs and superior song structure to create a brilliant atmosphere of chaos. Naglfar have come along way since 1995's Vittra, accelerating their skills and songwriting abilities with each release. I can easily see "Harvest" among many of the "Top Metal Albums of 2007" lists this year, as it will definitely be on mine!
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