Thursday, 31 May 2012
CD Review: Diabolical, by Naglfar (1998)
The second full-length album from Sweden's Naglfar, Diabolical delivers a basic set of nine melodic black metal tracks, competent enough but pointedly limited by the constraints of the genre.
The Brimstone Gate refreshingly breaks the black assembly line with a more melodic death metal structure and suddenly a purpose emerges with a defined destination. It is not very well sustained, but on this album, a little bit different is a lot better. A Departure In Solitude is a soft keyboard-driven instrumental that also break the monotony, but it comes and goes quickly with the wispy lightness of dead leaf falling from a gloomy tree in the dark forest.
Album closer and title track Diabolical ends with tiresome silence and then an unintentionally hilarious appeal to the horned one himself. The trouble with black metal is the unending self-seriousness, and the limited escape routes once all the possible shades of black are exhausted.
Andreas Nilsson - Guitars
MadMorgan Hansson - Guitars
Jens Ryden - Vocals
Mattias Grahn - Drums
Kristoffer W. Olivius - Bass
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Horncrowned Majesty - 7
2. Embracing The Apocalypse - 7
3. 12'th Rising - 7
4. Into The Cold Voids Of Eternity - 7
5. The Brimstone Gate - 8
6. Blades - 7
7. When Autumn Storms Come - 7
8. A Departure In Solitude - 7
9. Diabolical - The Devils Child - 7
Recorded and Mixed by Nils Johansson.
Mastered by Pelle Henricsson.
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