Vreid
Milorg


4.5
superb

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
May 5th, 2009 | 65 replies | 11,048 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A concept record put together by the remnants of Windir detailing the exploits of the Norwegian freedom fighters Milorg during World War II

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

After the tragic and untimely demise of front man Valfar the surviving members of Windir were left with a decision to make. They could either continue Windir or pack it in and seal the legacy of Windir forever. The band went with option B but it didn’t take long before the Norse musicians found themselves back in the metal scene. Former Windir keyboard player Gaut Refsnes went on to form the classically influenced extreme metal group Cor Scorpii who would later on release a quality brand new album in 2008. The other Windir members Jarle Kvale, Jom Holen, and Sture Dingsoyr would go on to form a dynamic black metal band named Vreid who would infuse Norwegian black metal with thrash and other elements. Vreid and their new album Milorg is the band and record that I have chosen to write for my 100th review.

Vreid’s fourth full length record Milorg is based upon the Norwegian group of freedom fighters who would go on and oppose Nazis while reclaiming their land in World War II. This is a brilliantly executed and thoroughly captivating concept record detailing Nazi occupied Norway in a dynamic extreme metal package that seamlessly shifts through 1970’s progressive rock, classic heavy metal, thrash, the folkish leanings of Windir, black metal, and rock n roll. First and foremost the strongest aspect of this album lies in the impeccable songwriting that allows the band to be adventurous. The base of the music is of the well produced and guitar driven black metal variety that allows enough breathing room for killer harmonies and progressive passages to integrate it self into the rock n roll aesthetic that clouds the vision of Vreid.

The guitar duo of Sture and Ese is nothing short of impressive. Aside from the standard tremolo picking abuse that most black metal bands employ, Vreid favor a classic rock/metal approach with their soloing, their harmonies, and some seriously rocking grooves that recall the black n roll shtick that Satyricon tried to pull off but so much better this time around. The minimal yet still crucial instrumental sections on Milorg recall of Pink Floyd and King Crimson with ethereal keyboards outlining stellar guitar melodies. Vocally Sture sticks to a raspy, phlegm induced growl that proves to be effective in displaying the strong lyrical content but he isn’t afraid to show off his capable singing voice either on Alarm and Disciplined. His lyrics, much less the atmosphere of the whole album portray feelings of triumph and overcoming long obstacles which I cant help but feel inspired by on the strength of writing in Speak Goddamnit and Milorg alone. Complementing the powerful riffing and the voice of Sture, a furious top-heavy buzzing sound is heard coming from Jarle’s bass guitar. He and Steingrim’s relatively safe drumming approach form a competent rhythm section in jarring together some of the most uplifting metal anthems to date.

So to tally up Vreid and their new album Milorg. Milorg is a powerful and unique heavy metal record that effectively combines strong musicianship and songwriting with the hooks and lasting power necessary to garner a good sized fan base. Coming in at eight tracks and forty minutes of material, Milorg provides a reasonable listening experience without dumbing down or losing the listener’s patience with self indulgent three minute soloing or too dynamic for it’s own good twelve minute songs. Having completed a six week tour with fellow country men Enslaved and a European tour with Pestilence looming in the horizon it’s safe to say that Vreid is setting out to conquer the blackened hearts of metal Viking style.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2009



17126 Comments


about time this got a review. ace stuff.

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BallsToTheWall
May 5th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4.5 might be a bit high but not since Primordial's To The Nameless Dead have I been struck as hard with lyrics. Seriously amazing record, i might keep this at 4.5. Who knows,

And thanks.This Message Edited On 05.05.09

jrowa001
May 5th 2009



8749 Comments


sounds sick. will get this soon

kintups
May 5th 2009



491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, incredible album, and I noticed that you already changed the rating.

Zoo
May 5th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid review bro. This was pretty decent but their earlier stuff is much better.

BallsToTheWall
May 5th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't change my original rating. I might up this, most likely will. Zoo, is the earlier albums as expansive or mroe black n roll? I know one album is based on poetry of one of the key Norwegian resistance leaders.

Upped.This Message Edited On 05.05.09

Hawks
May 5th 2009



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been meaning to check these guys out. Good review Balls.

BallsToTheWall
May 5th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely get it Hawks, this has your name written all over it. On a humorous note, I have a nice rhythm going with black metal review than pop then black metal again than pop and so forth. I plan on keeping this streak alive.

Zoo
May 5th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They were more straight up black metal than anything, very similar to what Windir used to play (which is natural considering the members). This is their first real black n' roll experiment but it wasn't as good as their previous albums (Kraft and I Krig especially, which are my favorites). It's almost like they're trying to pull a Satyricon, which is a shame considering how consistent they used to be.This Message Edited On 05.05.09

Hawks
May 5th 2009



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What would be the best album to start with?

BallsToTheWall
May 5th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know dude(Zoo). I love this album with a passion and sounds so much better than that faggoty crap Satyricon pulled. I am Vreid binging tomorrow. Not sure Hwks, this is my first album. I'll acquire I Krig first and then commence backwards.

easylee
May 5th 2009



80 Comments


milforg

Hawks
May 5th 2009



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not sure Hwks, this is my first album. I'll acquire I Krig first and then commence backwards.

Well I'll just start with this album. I just listened to the title track and it has me convinced that I need this.

easylee
May 5th 2009



80 Comments


so how about them hawks

Zippermouth
May 5th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WWII concept black metal???
Where do I get this!

illmitch
May 5th 2009



5429 Comments


i mean WWII concept black metal isnt all that outlandish, but WWII concept black metal from a non-nazi perspective is lol

Zippermouth
May 6th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just like war metal.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2009



17126 Comments


Zippermouth rocks out to Panzer Division Marduk

Zoo
May 6th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That certainly isn't anything to be ashamed of.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2009



17126 Comments


definitely not, it was just the first thing that came to mind when i read "war metal"



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