|Review: Ereb Altor - Ulfven|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: July 14, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.29/5 (65.71%) (14 Votes)
Ereb Ator essentially started as a Viking Metal side project of a bunch of guys from Swedish Doom band Isole. Originally a highly melodic outfit, the band has shifted around restlessly for years, moving between Doom, Black, and Viking styles, all while keeping their signature epic sound intact. Obviously very influenced by late-period Bathory, Ereb Altor's output has been a bit hit or miss, always feeling like they had a huge amount of talent and promise, but never quite nailing what they wanted to do.
This is probably their best evocation of Bathory, riff-wise, with a lot of big, crunchy, epic awesomeness going on. Most of these songs are more mid-paced, with just "The Rite of Kraka" really ripping it out. The guitar sound is massive, the riffs are tasty, and the guitar work is really first-rate. Vocally this is much more clean, with Daniel Bryntse using his smooth tenor effectively, while some harsh vocals pop up here and there for emphasis. Musically, this sounds a lot more like their debut By Honour than anything they have done since, only heavier and more sharply written. Excellent work from this sometimes brilliant band.
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