Vimur
Triumphant Master of Fates


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
March 5th, 2019 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: True black metal that also took some music theory classes in college.

“. . . elitism is the highest order.”

In an interview done with Vimur frontman and songwriter Vaedis (conducted by Chad Radford at creativeloafing.com), this phrase is the one that jumped out at me. Black metal is well known for its elite, exclusionary roots in Norway and although black metal has grown a thousand times larger since, there are still many that hold it to certain standards regarding underground status or engagement with the wider world. Vimur seem to hold true to tradition in many regards. They all sport fictional stage names, describe their drummer’s input as “sonic pulse bombardment” on their bandcamp page, and unironically slapped a depiction of a mythological Norse river of (checks notes) menstrual blood and urine on their latest record, Triumphant Master of Fates. Vimur is very much a band dedicated to elite black metal ideals.

However, that isn’t really what the quote is referring to. Vaedis was instead commenting on his belief in pushing one’s personal ability further and the high standards he holds his bandmates to. Vimur shroud themselves in classical black metal mystique, but operate more like a modern day Emperor or an especially bleak thrash metal band. There’s no fuzzy, overloaded distortion and rowdy drum blasts. Instead, Vimur offer a clear, if not polished mix and suspiciously technical compositions. Mountains of tangled riffs are piled on top of each other, while a masterful yet relentless drum framework keeps everything held together. Like Emperor in their heyday, Vimur are the music theorist’s black metal band, and not so much the anarchist’s.

That’s not to say they’re a sterile tech death band draped in darker colors. In between bouts of ripping guitar pyrotechnics, Vimur are just as quick to build up dreary melodic sequences like that found in the colossal “Supreme Preemption of the Lightless Empire”. Labeling them as just black metal doesn’t even quite do them justice when they’re so frequently dipping into other styles, like the breakneck thrash-death hybrid “Consumed by the Source” or the aching funeral doom of “Our Dearest Hopes Lie Buried Here”. At the end of the day though, it’s all gussied up in blackened hues and Luciferian tones to the point that their more advanced tendencies become seasoning instead of the full flavor.

Vimur aren’t necessarily reinventing the wheel with Triumphant Master of Fates, but they do have an appealing framework. More importantly, it’s cool to see a band blending very convincing traditionalism and dense atmospheres with technical gusto. We didn’t need the thousandth Mayhem or even the hundredth Emperor, but someone nestled in between the two with a foot out toward Behemoth isn’t so bad.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2019


10521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://vimur.bandcamp.com/album/triumphant-master-of-fates

ProjectFreak
March 5th 2019


3449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A quick scan suggests this is my kind of BM -- vocals rip, and the drums are gigantic. My main beef with this sort of metal is it tends to be homogeneous, but here we go! Great review.

RivalSkoomaDealer
March 5th 2019


1627 Comments


Nice review. This sounds like something i'd dig.

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CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2019


2727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

‘true’, you say

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CaliggyJack
March 5th 2019


2781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is such a fucking 5

ButtBoy
March 5th 2019


2286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

trve cvlt

ProjectFreak
March 5th 2019


3449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the second half of Nuclear Descecration grooves so hard

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2019


8882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, I am certainly intrigued!

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2019


24970 Comments


I've had this bookmarked on bandcamp for a couple of weeks now but haven't checked it out. Guess i have to now!

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WretchedCacophony
March 5th 2019


1117 Comments


I've always loved the sharp contrast a solid black object makes with lighter objects in the background. Due to this feature on the cover, I shall give this a listen.
Edit: Yeah this is really good. Very satisfying to hear some fairly traditional sounding black metal that comes together well.

Hawks
March 5th 2019


68364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need this asap.

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CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2019


2727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great find gameofmetal!

Hawks
March 5th 2019


68364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

About to queue this up now. Pretty pumped to jam.

NoHellsNoHeavens
March 5th 2019


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its a "eh" for me dog.

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CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2019


2727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^you rated this on par with the new in flames album...



need I say more...

LARGEMINT
March 5th 2019


81 Comments


turned on one song and heard more interesting ideas than I've heard from any BM in the past 5 years minimum

NoHellsNoHeavens
March 5th 2019


62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@CaptainDooRight



Yea about the same for me. This shit is kinda boring, at least the new In Flames is kinda fun and some of their best work in the past decade or more. I stand by it.

LARGEMINT
March 5th 2019


81 Comments


ok nvm this got really repetitive really quick

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2019


10521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think it's a grower, i wasn't that impressed at first but after a few listens it became one of my favorites this year so far

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2019


15099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice, need to check this.

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