Nagelfar
Hunengrab im herbst


3.5
great

Review

by Angel STAFF
September 16th, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A varied, unique, and satisfying entry into the world of black metal.

Black metalers are known for not following the rules, and the now defunct German progressive black metal band Nagelfar is certainly no exception. The band is often confused with Swedish peers, Naglfar. The two groups' names actually even reference the same thing, (the ship of death from Scandinavian lore) but the similarities end there. Nagelfar’s debut, Hünengrab im Herbst, is incomparable to pretty much any other album of the genre. The ability to stand out in a realm of music so diverse is an achievement unto itself. But maybe that’s why they’re called progressive black metal.

Shrieked vocals - check. Tremolo picking - check. Blast beats - check. While these elements are present and place the album safely in the genre of black metal, they’re used in new and interesting ways. Melodies change and progress in the most unorthodox of ways. But it works. Well. The album harnesses an epic sound, utilizing components less frequent to black metal with compelling effect. Clean vocal passages, acoustic guitar melodies, and synths and pianos are carefully woven throughout the album to create some rather interesting textures. Many of the guitar riffs are very uncharacteristic of black metal. Hell, there’s even a few major chords, but in the context of the album, they seem to fit nicely. The vocals are certainly solid, both clean and shrieked, and play out like another instrument in the mix rather than take center stage. Also well executed are the drums and bass. They shine some moments more than others, but their role in enhancing the overall product is far from minor.

Pretty much every component of Hünengrab im Herbst is dynamic, which makes for an album that doesn’t often “drag.” Whether good or not so good, the music is hard to call boring. That fact is made even more impressive given that two of the tracks reach the fourteen-minute mark. As usually is for any album crammed full of so many ideas, there’s bound to be some moments leaving one to scratch their head, and that can prove to be the case here. Though, upon several listens and the album’s proper digestion, things begin to click. And still, some things just don’t work. Some of the sung parts clearly lack taste. Those moments, however, are sparse, and really, they seem forgivable when acknowledging the album’s audacity.

At the end of the day, being unique isn’t as good as just being great, but Nagelfar manage to do both. Hünengrab im Herbst is an album to keep coming back to, to unlock its many mysteries and curiosities. It only seems a shame that the band didn’t quite have the same staying-power.



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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hurray for me getting off my ass and writing again.

Jethro42
September 16th 2010


12638 Comments


You should write more often, bud. I'm not really a big fan of black metal, not sure why. I realize it's very hard to get into the genre, in fact. On the other hand I found 'Agalloch', 'In the Woods...' and Drudkh pretty enjoyable.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I hear ya. Glad you like those other bands. They are some of the cream of the crop in metal. I could see you liking this album though. It's pretty cool.

BigTuna
September 16th 2010


5161 Comments


sounds pretty good

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Hawks
September 16th 2010


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review man. Album sounds awesome.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


19067 Comments


Sweet review, i'm checking this out now not only because of your review but because that album art is awesome. You can usually tell if an album is good by the album art they choose, with a few exceptions of course.

Have a pos.

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys. The album's definately worth checking out, I think.

Jethro42
September 16th 2010


12638 Comments


keep on writing angel, okay?

EnCrypt.
September 16th 2010


882 Comments


Naglfar?

vanderb0b
September 16th 2010


3473 Comments


Good review, will get this. Album art is awesome.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks yall. Don't worry, I'll keep writing. Check out my other two reviews if you haven't already.

RedSky
September 17th 2010


286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This IS good.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 17th 2010


5820 Comments


im getting this

youtube song ruled

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2010


16482 Comments


I swear I've heard an album by this band but it's not in my iTunes.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 17th 2010


5820 Comments


i mistook them for Naglfar, a different band altogether.

This is better though

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2010


16482 Comments


No no no I know that Negelfar and Naglfar are two different bands. Might get this to see if it rings any bells.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, you guys need this. It's seriously awesome.

Hawks
September 20th 2010


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid album. Rating could possibly be raised with further listens, but it's a solid 3.5 for now.

Ponton
Emeritus
November 10th 2010


5820 Comments


This band is really really good

Foxhound
February 22nd 2011


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

arsome



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