Naglfar
Sheol


3.5
great

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 44 replies | 7,985 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Even in the underground, amidst the black metal scene that I have been paying more and more attention to as time goes on, Naglfar is all too often overlooked. Unlike many bands in the modern times, Naglfar is not known to be a band to release an album every year. These guys are just the opposite. Since the band's formation ten years ago, they have released a mere three records. Ay least we know they value quality over quantity. Their 1995 album Vittra has remained a milestone in the Swedish black metal scene while their 1998 followup Diabolical only helped in furthuring their career. Now, five years later, they return once again with Sheol, an album that I feel deserved much more recognition than the band has ever gotton.

The album begins with the familiar single I Am Vengeance. And I must say, a few quick listens to this song and I was convinced that I must own this album as soon as possible. It begins with the traditional atmosphereic instrumental intro. In the beginning the song is slightly repetitive, but picks up greatly when Jens comes in with his vocals. The leads guitars get fired up and it really starts to show why this band is called "melodic" black metal, which proves to be an album highlight. The into riffs sound ten times better with the lyrics, and the song is completed by the occasional guitar tapfest here and there. We press on with the track Black God Aftermath, which has music that is as good as it is blasphemous. The lead guitar riffs don't quite match the tapping sections in Vengeance, but the song as a whole is still very solid. Continuing on, we get to Wrath of the Fallen. Here we get some better synth backed power chords. Not quite as good as the preceeding tracks, but still pretty good. At times the vocals seem to be layered which sounds really cool, while the first sustained scream on the record sounds great as well. At 2:45 we actually get a quick guitar solo which sounds pretty sweet leading back into the lyrics. Nearl 4:52 later, Abysmal Descent starts off. So far it's the slowest song on the album, and chugs on pretty steadily. It slowly gets faster with the drum beats picking up the doubl bass and occasional blast beatage. At 3:45ish the track deceptively stops and starts back up at 4:05. It is slightly repetitive and is no highlight. At 7 minutes long this may be one to skip...but at least Devoured by Naglfar comes afterward, with a great solo in the intro. It gets nice and quick early on is a pretty consistent song all around. The heaviness it has goes well with the traditional synth-backed lead riffs. Most of the main riffs aren't leads, but this throws a wrench into the usual power chordage. Of Gorgons Spawned Through Witchcraft comes next and blasts off right away. No long intro, just what we need. This song is more instrumental then the others and has fewer lyrics (more time to enjoy the music). The main guitar parts sound prett badass if I do say so myself. But of course, who could be with out a song like Unleash Hell? It starts off with a fucking awesome guitar part and goes straight into the vocals. This flows a little more steadily than the other songs and has even more sweet guitars later on in the song, complete with a solo. This track, while more brutal than the others, is still quite evil :evil: . Force of Pandemonium follows, and in the beginning sounds strangely reminiscent of I Am Vengeance. But obviouisly that couldn't be kept up for long. It breaks off and does it's own thing. Nothing real special, and is slightly disappointing after Unleash Hell. But of course it does has the traditional Naglfar guitar parts to keep us listening. The main structure does get slow at one point making for a more unique track. It goes into some nice sounding leads instead of the usual power chords. Yet again, we get a great solo. Anf finally, the record is wrapped up with The Infernal Ceremony. It starts with very symphonic sounds - basically sounds like a normal song by them except played on a piano. It ends with odd rumbling and whooshing sounds. Strangely fitting for a record like this...

As stated, it's a wonder why nobody ever mentions a band like this. Naglfar is sweet relief from stereotypical bullshit and I think really delivers a unique sound to the black metal world. I can't comapre trhis to Vittra or Diabolical since I've never heard them, but this album will surely change that. Granted, many songs can often times feel repetitive, but there several songs that come in and are insanely good. In the long run this would be a great adition to a black metal enthusiast's collection and will stand in it's own catergory within the genre.

Recommended tracks:
I Am Vengeance
Wrath of the Fallen
Unleash Hell

Final Rating - 4/5 :thumb:

I hope I get this posted before people start to break down my door - sorry I put this off so long guys.



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Dark Hero
November 3rd 2004



160 Comments


I've only heard I Am Vengeance and it's awesome. Great review to. :thumb:

Shadows
Moderator
November 3rd 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. You have no idea how long I've been sitting here waiting for you to post.

Do you have any other Naglfar albums?

Dark Hero
November 3rd 2004



160 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop-Punk]Thanks. You have no idea how long I've been sitting here waiting for you to post.[/QUOTE]

You have no idea how long i've waited for this review. :thumb:

[QUOTE=Death to Pop-Punk]Do you have any other Naglfar albums?[/QUOTE]

Yeah, I have Ex Inferis somewhere around here.

Shadows
Moderator
November 3rd 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=Dark Hero]You have no idea how long i've waited for this review. :thumb:



Yeah, I have Ex Inferis somewhere around here.[/QUOTE]
Ex Inferis...... *drools* is it any good?

Zappa
November 4th 2004



355 Comments


I have "Vittra" by Naglfar and I like it. I rarely listen to it, though, so I don't really need another album of theirs.

Dark Hero
November 4th 2004



160 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop-Punk]Ex Inferis...... *drools* is it any good?[/QUOTE]

From what I remember it was great, but then again I think most metal albums are great. :thumb:

Bartender
Emeritus
November 4th 2004



826 Comments


I've heard Unleash Hell, thanks to Per Ardua, and it's a good track. Good review.

Shadows
Moderator
November 4th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Unleash Hell was one of the best on the album...but I would kill for Vittra.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 4th 2004



106 Comments


Good review, i have 'Sheol.'
Naglfar is good stuff but sometimes it seems like they are playing the same three chords over again with only variation's in the verse and bridge. Also they sound similiar to Storm of the Light's Bane-era Dissection.

Bartender
Emeritus
November 4th 2004



826 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra] Also they sound similiar to Storm of the Light's Bane-era Dissection.[/QUOTE]

That can't be a bad thing though, can it.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 4th 2004



106 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]That can't be a bad thing though, can it.[/QUOTE]

Nope.


On a side note: When they play live, one of the guitarists has a sticker that reads 'Abort Christian Babies.'
Absolute class right there.

Shadows
Moderator
November 4th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]sometimes it seems like they are playing the same three chords over again with only variation's in the verse and bridge.[/QUOTE]
I know exactly what you mean. If I stop paying attention I sometimes forget what song is playing, but if I do pay attention, it's not nearly as bad.

On a side note: When they play live, one of the guitarists has a sticker that reads 'Abort Christian Babies.'

Are you talking about Naglfar or Storm of the Light?

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 4th 2004



106 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop Punk]Are you talking about Naglfar or Storm of the Light?[/QUOTE]

Naglfar, sorry for being unclear.

TheUnavoidable
November 5th 2004



16 Comments


I know these guys personally. :D

Great band, great album.

Shadows
Moderator
November 5th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^^ How do you know these guys? They must be 'interesting' people...

Naglfar, sorry for being unclear.

It happens.

TheUnavoidable
November 5th 2004



16 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop-Punk]^^^ How do you know these guys? They must be 'interesting' people...
[/QUOTE]

They live in my town. I met them this summer cause they rehearsed in the same building that i worked in at the time. We started talking and i hanged out with them while they were rehearsing. Since then i've met them from time to time, and just hanged out and talked. I'm supposed to met them again some time this week for an interview that i am doing for a tv show.

They are just ordinary guys, very cool and always fun to hang out with.

Circastes
December 11th 2004



3 Comments


Sorry to dig this thread up, but it seems there's no private message system on this board.

I just wanted to ask you, TheUnavoidable, about Naglfar's philosophy as a band, which I'm sure you would have picked up or asked yourself; what's the motivation behind them? As in, why do they make their music? And are they Satanists, or are they just fans of the aesthetic?

Bartender
Emeritus
December 11th 2004



826 Comments


Bumping threads in this forum (CD Reviews, not MX as a whole) is perfectly okay.

Mekkalayakay
December 11th 2004



167 Comments


I've heard about this band for ages, but I've never checked them out. I guess it's time.

manuscriptreplica
December 11th 2004



431 Comments


I like this band



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