Taake
Noregs Vaapen


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zach USER (94 Reviews)
December 18th, 2017 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Break out the banjo, boys.

It is only recently that I have discovered the immense black metal force that is Taake. This one-man band name is tossed around many circles, and yet somehow for years I put off the cold, wintry masterpieces that are the band's first 3 records. What Taake manages to do is take all the qualities that make no-nonsense black metal so good and amplify them tenfold. Behind layers of fuzz, tremolo riffs conjure winter storms, with powerful drumming pummeling you like an avalanche and high-pitched shrieks summoning the most shredding winter winds. With that being said, little changes here aside from a somewhat clearer production and a segment of legendary jaw-dropping banjo (I will soon get to that).

“Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed” is as good an opener as Taake has ever done. Everything is brimming with energy as ferocious vocals and guitar melodies lash at you. This pretty much sets the pace for the entire record. Ripping tremolo’s subtly intertwined with melodies, cold, relentless vocals, and relentless drumming (with enough changes in pattern to remain intriguing, that is) are what this album aims for, and damn does it deliver. In spite of this, it doesn’t quite hit the levels of quality that previous Taake records have done before. To be fair, that level of quality isn’t something easy to attain once, let alone several times.

The only legitimate flaw on this album would be, as you guessed....the banjo solo. Why did U. Hoest think this was a good idea one might ask, to which I imagined he would respond with a prompt “*** you, that’s why”. It’s playful and bouncy for sure, which is probably why it feels so disjointed when placed in the epic riff-oriented track that is “Myr”. Still, this might get a hearty chuckle out of most, so perhaps even that isn’t totally throwaway. So here it is. Another worthy addition to the still expanding Taake discography. It riffs, it rips, it banjo’s away. You will headbang, head nod, foot tap, do the ***ing tango, and have a damn good time through 46 minutes of “Trve Norwegian black metal”.



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Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


I'm surprised this didn't have a review honestly so here it is.

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CugnoBrasso
December 18th 2017


477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It really had no review!

I honestly like the banjo solo, it starts as a playful thing but then it blends into the blackness of the song. Many highlights in this album, like the far-western melodic guitars in "Du ville ville vestland". Overall a pretty decent record!

BlackwaterPork
December 18th 2017


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow I didn’t know this was lacking a review, but you gave it the one it deserved. Pos

Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


Yeah man the banjo to me is very...bewildering to say the least.

Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


Also thank you Porky

SomeGuyDude
December 18th 2017


373 Comments


I like the banjo.

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2017


2749 Comments


That the banjo isn't a highlight on this disappoints me. Great review, Dedes.

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Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


Haha thanks. Honestly man I laughed at it, it was so fucking outta nowhere.

Darius the Great
December 18th 2017


19693 Comments


How did this not have a review until now...

Good one too lol, pos

Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


Thanks dude! You dig Taake I'm guessing?

Darius the Great
December 18th 2017


19693 Comments


Haven't jammed in many years tbh. Doedskvad is great. This album is good too. I gotta do a proper discog sesh

Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


Debut is pure bm gold

Aiwaz
December 18th 2017


9999 Comments


damn nice review Dede, pos'd

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Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


You better listen to it old man

Aiwaz
December 18th 2017


9999 Comments


"You better listen to it old man"

I'm on it as we speak (type), child of light and divinity.

Aiwaz
December 18th 2017


9999 Comments


It's not bad.

sixdegrees
December 18th 2017


5240 Comments


norwegian black metal? in the year 2011?

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2017


24209 Comments


Cool. Dede for more springy sounds like the sophomore album work through Tenhi's discog

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Dedes
December 18th 2017


6134 Comments


What would this world do without the mouth harp

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2017


24209 Comments


not digging this one that much thus far but I'm still glad to see it reviewed



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