Nadra
Allir vegir til glötunar


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (86 Reviews)
January 19th, 2016 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An 'almost', Naðra's debut full-length is still a highly worthwhile black metal release from Europe's volcanic nation.

Much has been made of Iceland's black metal output in recent years. Some of the most convincingly apocalyptic atmospheres and original song ideas have been forged by bands such as Svartidauði, Misþyrming and Wormlvst and this does mean, in a way, that bands from the isolated volcanic island are locked in a sort of competition. Now, obviously this isn't a formal or conscious arrangement, and I doubt that any of the artists would believe otherwise, but in order to stand out in one of the most interesting scenes around a band has to have a certain level of individuality - and perhaps paradoxically, coming from a nation praised for its innovation this is easier said than done. Naðra's first full-length offering Allir vegir til glötunar is still not quite perfect, yet a promising symbol of what may be to come in the future.

If nothing else, Naðra are immediate. Opening with hoarse screams, a ripping guitar solo and a thundering blast beat, Allir vegir til glötunar takes the route one approach all throughout first track 'Fjallið' - and it pays off. By the time the feedback peals out signalling its end, 4 minutes of manic, enjoyable aggression have already passed, and could feasibly have formed the perfect signal of intent for the remainder of the album. Second track 'Sál' delves into colder territories, and the 14 minute 'Fálið' takes a doomier, more vulnerable road still (at least initially) before exploding into a flurry of sorrowful yet cataclysmic battery. The unwillingness to dwell on a single idea is apparent, and while there is some revisited material by the end there are also a huge amount of interesting passages, right through to the tapping that dominates the final half of the closer.

Impressively given the variety, there are very few elements that don't stand up on their own. The synths at the start and finish of 'Sár' feel somewhat extraneous, arguably breaking the otherwise gripping atmosphere that they spent so long manufacturing during 'Falið', but overall the construction of the riffs and the consistency of the vocals goes towards the creation of 5 fantastic songs. Yet, one gets the impression that Naðra are having an identity crisis of sorts. Dotted throughout there are many variants of the black metal sphere on show; the melancholy of DSBM, the coldness of the second wave, the winding dissonance of more 'typical' Icelandic BM and even traces of folk/medieval. While this undoubtedly adds some colour to proceedings, there's the niggling feeling that some of these influences don't quite fit. When finished, it's not quite clear what Naðra's intention was, and while by no means bad, deciding what to take from the album is a perplexing experience.

However, even when taking the above into account, Allir vegir til glötunar is still an extremely solid black metal release. While perhaps not as nightmarish as many of their compatriots, it's obvious that Naðra are trying to construct a sound which is totally theirs - an emotionally tinged yet furious rampage that basks in well thought-out transitions. While they may not be entirely there yet, it's a marked improvement from their 2014 EP, and it's plain to see that with a bit more confidence in who they are, their next could be exceptional.



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Archelirion
January 19th 2016


5647 Comments


Reposted :3 Comments, corrections etc. still welcome. Name-your-price download here -> http://nadra.bandcamp.com/album/allir-vegir-til-gl-tunar-3

Hawks
January 19th 2016


68337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review bro. I jammed this through once and it was sweet, gonna jam again tonight before I rate it, but def looking at a 3.5 or a 4.

Digging: Venom Prison - Samsara

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2016


10511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excited to jam this

Archelirion
January 19th 2016


5647 Comments


Thanks dude :] Glad you dug! I'm around the same as you on that scoring, but I think it's creeping up.

SCREAM!
January 19th 2016


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

based on the bands you listed in the review and the description you gave this sounds like an easy 4 but I'll have to wait until I get home to find out

Hawks
January 19th 2016


68337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got a heavy Lunar Aurora vibe from this too, idk about anyone else haha.

SpiritCrusher2
January 19th 2016


6112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more bm from Iceland? fukc yea

Sinternet
January 19th 2016


18802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'I got a heavy Lunar Aurora vibe from this too'



if that's the case then i might check this

Digging: Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

Archelirion
January 19th 2016


5647 Comments


Ah tight, got a feature :3 Thanks!
Also, I should check Lunar Aurora if that's the case.

EvoHavok
January 19th 2016


7679 Comments


Nice work. Pos.

Digging: Children of Bodom - Hexed

Archelirion
January 19th 2016


5647 Comments


Cheers man :]

Hawks
January 19th 2016


68337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lunar Aurora slays Arch check them hard.

torts
January 19th 2016


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds m/

Essence
January 19th 2016


6262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds dope, will check



also "opening with a hoarse scream", I did not read that as intended the first time

torts
January 19th 2016


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

three songs in, this is pretty damn good. love the mixing on this.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 19th 2016


3810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Isn't this one of the supergroups in Iceland's BM scene? Think members of Misþyrming and Carpe Noctem are in it

Metalstyles
Emeritus
January 19th 2016


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also "opening with a hoarse scream", I did not read that as intended the first time
Me neither, and had I not already listened to the album, I would have been expecting a harrowing horse scream, which probably would have been awesome, someone should pick that idea up.



Great review, great album.

Doombringer
January 19th 2016


5 Comments


This is the Debut, not sophomore.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
January 19th 2016


6681 Comments


it's their debut full-length, but they already have an EP from 2014. "Album" is being used liberally maybe but w/e

Archelirion
January 19th 2016


5647 Comments


Thinking about it, I'll change it as it's definitely somewhat unclear. Thanks for pointing that out :]
EDIT: Done.



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