Naglfar
Pariah


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (70 Reviews)
September 20th, 2010 | 24 replies | 7,266 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Your flesh is now ours, DEATH IS UPON YOU!"

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Swedish melodic black metal band Naglfar, not to be confused with German progressive black metallers Nagelfar, were formed in 1992. Now when hearing about Swedish melodic black metal bands from the second wave of black metal era, most people will probably think about legendary bands like Dissection and their album Storm of the Light's Bane, or possibly even think of fellow countrymen Sacramentum and their album Far Away from the Sun. Point is, very few people will think about Naglfar as one of those bands. Well this band definitely deserves some attention too. Drawing many similiarites to their Swedish counterparts, Naglfar is a band that could probably help some people get into the genre of black metal. Let's face it, you're much more likely to enjoy an album with relatively clear production than an album that sounds like it was recorded in a forest (Nattens Madrigal), at least until you've had experience with the genre. Well Naglfar's fourth full-length album, Pariah, could very well be an album to help you gain some experience.

Like I mentioned earlier, Naglfar has many similarities to bands like Dissection and Sacramentum. One noticeable similarity is their ability to compose very melodic and ice cold riffs. I don't know what it is about these Swedish bands, but they always come up with some pretty catchy riffs that will stay in your head a lot of the time and that's what the guitarists, Andreas and Vargher, do on Pariah. Fast tremolo picking is displayed throughout the album and gives the album a very cold atmosphere, like something you would hear on an album like Storm of the Light's Bane. The drummer, Mattias, also has a pretty stellar performance on this album. What you should expect in the drum department is a whole lot of blast beats and an aural assault on your eardrums. This guy pounds the *** out of those drums and doesn't really give up for 40 minutes. That's one thing you'll notice about Naglfar, they just really never let up. You don't get any breaks, they're just coming at you non-stop with brutal, yet extremely melodic black metal.

One of the founding members of the band, Kristoffer "Wrath" Olivius, handles the vocal duties. This is his first album as the bands vocalist, he was the bass player on all previous albums, but took over vocals after longtime vocalist Jens Ryden left the band. Well if you've heard previous Naglfar albums and you're skeptical to check this out because of the change of frontmen, let me just say, don't be afraid. Wrath is just as good, if not better than Jens. You can hear the hatred coming out of this man's voice with every single word he spits out of his mouth. His voice is not really that high-pitched or low-pitched, it's kind of in the middle. He sounds a whole lot like Jon from Dissection, his voice is just a tad bit higher than that. Most people will find that to be a good thing, considering Jon was one of the best vocalists black metal has ever seen.

Like I mentioned, if you want to get into the genre of black metal, you couldn't go wrong with checking out this album, or really anything from this band. They're rather accsessible in the black metal world and also a very quality band. While this album can't really compare to some of the classics in the world of melodic black metal, it's still a very enjoyable listen. While being very melodic, it's also has some intensity of death metal so blackened death metal fans could also find something to like in this album. If you enjoy the more brutal black metal bands, such as Marduk or Grand Belial's Key, you'll most likely enjoy this album as well.



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Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needed a review. Tell me what you guys think.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2010



16254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked Sheol and Harvest but this I found to be really bland.

Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I could see why you would think this one is kind of boring. I just think the riffs are extremely catchy and Wrath is one hell of a vocalist. Plus, The Perpetual Horrors is my favorite Naglfar song.

Oneiron
September 20th 2010



194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not quite as good as Sheol or Harvest or Vittra, think this album was just kind of blah for most of it. Harvest is a step up, guessing it's because they got used to a new vocalist.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2010



16254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked Jens a lot better, his voice was a bit more high-pitched which I tend to enjoy.

Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find this, Harvest, and Sheol to all be pretty equal. I like Diabolical the most.

Jens was definitely a hell of a vocalist. I think both are great.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2010



18012 Comments


I enjoy Nagelfar much more than these guys, or at least what i've heard, still, good review as always, pos.

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Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only listened to one song by Nagelfar so far, but from what I can tell they're pretty different. Thanks for the pos man.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2010



18012 Comments


They slay actually, check out Hunengrab Im Herbst first, it's an awesome record.

Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have that, but I didn't listen to it yet. I said I was gonna earlier today and I still haven't lol.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2010



18012 Comments


It's pretty sweet, i've been listening to everything i have yet to spin up while filling out all these damn college apps.

Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm listening to a Theater of Tragedy album right now then I'll listen to the Nagelfar album.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2010



16134 Comments


This is a decent album. Good review though man.

Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a lot man. Check out Diabolical too if you haven't. It's probably their best.

TheSpirit
September 20th 2010



17165 Comments


Nice review. I was never a huge fan of these guys

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Hawks
September 20th 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Spirit. I guess these guys are kind of hit or miss for some people.

Rugter32
September 21st 2010



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hawks I love you for this. Pos'd. Fucking awesome Naglfar album, not as good as Harvest IMO, but pretty fucking awesome,

Hawks
September 21st 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally someone agrees! Haha thanks man.

FR33L0RD
September 21st 2010



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Superb album

Hawks
September 21st 2010



34425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's really awesome. I had it at 4.5 for a while, but I thought a 4 is more appropriate now.



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