Iskald
Revelations Of Reckoning Day


4.0
excellent

Review

by Thomas Michael Morris USER (36 Reviews)
October 10th, 2008 | 33 replies | 12,923 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iskald create one of the strongest melodic black metal albums of the decade.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

In our not so new millennium, a truly strong black metal release is quite rare. The notorious genre reached the height of its popularity in the early to mid 1990s, with legendary bands such as Emperor, Burzum, and Immortal. Fast forward 15 years, and one will find that the majority of those classic metal bands have now dissolved, have been imprisoned, or are simply releasing ***ty music. One could say that the genre is past its most successful point. There are exceptions, but for the most part these bands have more predominant styles over classic black metal (see Enslaved or Sigh). However, deep underneath the outer shell of mediocre and/or experimental black metal, there are some fantastic bands that stay true to classic black metal roots. Iskald are one of those bands.

Iskald are a melodic black metal band from Sortland, Norway. Founded by Simon Larsen (guitar/bass/vocals/keyboard) and Aage Krekling, (drums/vocals) the band has gone through numerous session members since their inception in 2005. Revelations of Reckoning Day is the band’s second album, released on September 15th, 2008, and is already amounting up to be among the year’s top metal albums, as well as one of the strongest black metal albums of the decade. Their sound is very much like taking the frosty, chilling atmospheres of Emperor or Immortal, the epic Norse tendencies of old Enslaved, and mixing in some of Dissection’s melodic death metal stylings. All of this is complimented by the crisp and clear production, giving tRevelations a classic, yet current feel.

The album itself is eight tracks (“Endtime” is merely an interlude) of epic, furious black metal, highlighted by fantastically arranged riffs, and Larsen’s aggressive rasps. Granted, there is not anything entirely original featured here, rather Iskald take everything expected of a strong black metal release nowadays, and improve upon it. There is enough variety amongst the songs to distinguish them apart from one another, whether it be chilling symphonic arrangements, atmospherics, intense melodic riffing, or creepy clean interludes. For that reason, the songs fare very well on their own, and when listened to as a full album.

Larsen and Krekling are admittedly fueled by a love of Norse mythology, as well as the frozen environment of their surroundings, and this is clearly conveyed in their music. Each song has the ability to drop the listener in the middle of a frozen wasteland in northern Scandinavia. One can visualize the intimidating Silhouettes of Viking ships over the horizon
as much as they may feel or experience the insanity of being alone in a dead forest. Larsen’s impressive rasps have the intensity and emotion of a lost, frostbitten Norse warrior. The bass is very well heard, especially for a black metal record, while the kick drums are mixed in highly and thunder throughout the album like a thousand galloping horses, providing the album with a heavy hitting rhythm section. The guitars convey an immediate frosty mood. The keys are mostly used to accentuate these atmospheres, but there are more tan a few moments where they take center stage and add haunting symphonic elements to the music (the highlight being the two minute interlude “Endtime.”). At the peak of its intensity, the album is like being caught in the middle of a harsh blizzard, while its most emotional and melodic parts are more akin to witnessing a gentle snow falling over a vast ocean as far as the eye can see.

In the end, Revelations of Reckoning Day proves to be an excellent melodic black metal release, especially for such a young band. There is room for improvement (mainly in the originality department) but all in all, Iskald have crafted a very enjoyable release that all extreme metal fans should look into.

Recommended Tracks

While every track is fantastic here, I would suggest A Breath of Apocalypse and Journey to Hel and primary standouts, while the epic Warriors of Northern Twilight (pt. II) is an excellent showcase of everything about Iskald.

4.2/5



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Yazz_Flute
October 10th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been digging this a lot lately, and finally got around to writing another review (first since March I think). Not sure how good it turned out, feedback will be appreciated!

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

marksellsuswallets
October 10th 2008



4848 Comments


Doesn't sound like my kind of thing but pretty solid review anyway...you should do a negative review though they can be quite fun...

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Checking this out... now.

bastard
October 10th 2008



3435 Comments


this sounds excellent, good job with the review.

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2008



44164 Comments


I applaud you bodom. Hopefully NOW, people will understand how badass Iskald are.

ArcLite
October 10th 2008



7 Comments


Just listened to this album and loved it. Thanks for doing the review :thumbs:

rasputin
October 10th 2008



14516 Comments


I might have to get over my 'meh black metal' phase and check this out. Good review.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 10th 2008



17196 Comments


Getting this now. maybe this is what i need to get back into a metal mood again.

Hawks
October 10th 2008



34344 Comments


This sounds really good. I'll check this out soon.

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jingledeath
October 11th 2008



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.I'll get this as soon as i can find it.

Pebster49
October 11th 2008



2991 Comments


good review, good album

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2008



17196 Comments


enjoying this much. thanks.

Yazz_Flute
October 11th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for all the feeback guys! And its really good to know people are checking them out now.

Zoo
October 11th 2008



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Checked this out back in August and it bored the hell out of me. The summary statement is kind of ridiculous but it was a good review nonetheless.

ikarus
October 11th 2008



560 Comments


this sounds promising


jingledeath
October 12th 2008



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just got this.Brilliant indeed, I must say.

Yazz_Flute
October 12th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The summary statement is kind of ridiculous but it was a good review nonetheless.


Yeah, it kind of is, but its all a matter of opinion. I'm not huge into black metal, but I really love this, and out of the other black metal albums of the decade i've heard, this definitely in my top 5....at least. Off the top of my head, this would be up there with Prometheus by Emperor at Two Hunters by Wolves in the throne Room.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2008



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just got this, on track 3 and so far this is fucking solid.

EDIT- I don't know why but the harmonized guitars at about 3:43 into "The Orphanage" is absolutely amazing.This Message Edited On 10.12.08

Yazz_Flute
October 14th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bah zoo you lowered the rating :angry:




jingledeath
October 14th 2008



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So far The Orphanage is my favorite track and Zoo, this is not 2.5 material man!



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