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Review: Avertia - Når nordavinden kaster kniver
Når nordavinden kaster kniver

Label: Norwegian Dark Arts
Year released: 2021
Duration: 50:21
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 11, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Når nordavinden kaster kniver

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Avertia are a Black Metal band out of Norway that relies heavily on melody and atmosphere to get their point across. I really dig this style of Black Metal as I find it easier for the casual or fringe listener of Black Metal to get into. As I have mentioned before, I am not the biggest fan of Black Metal, but I am definitely coming around and releases like this are the primary reason for this.

I don't have any background material and I don't speak Norwegian, so lyrically I am not sure exactly what the focus is here, so I will have to go by just overall feeling. The songs are mainly mid to upper tempo, with guitar riffs that are just dripping with melody. This is going to sound weird, but I get a lot of Sentenced or Charon vibes from this as well as moments where I swear I get a bit of Iron Maiden thrown in. If nothing else, I am going to assume these were all bands that influenced Avertia at the very least. Not exactly going out on a limb there as who HASN'T been influenced by Iron Maiden? One of the biggest things that struck me while listening to the album is how happy or upbeat the music came across, while at the same time the vocals come across as angry or depressed. I could be completely wrong here as I stated earlier, I don't speak Norwegian, so do not know what the vocalist is singing about. This is where that Sentenced vibe comes from. They had a ton of songs that sounded happy while singing about suicide. Not exactly the happiest of topics. The vocals are pretty standard for the genre. Neither great nor bad, but fit the genre well. Same with the production. Everything is serviceable although the drums come off as a bit muted or flat sounding, but that is a personal preference to my ears.

Overall, this really was an enjoyable listen and one that I will probably come back to in the future. A solid entry into that Melodic Black Metal sub-genre that I have been really getting into. If you are a fan of that style or looking for a band to dip your toe into the Black Metal waters, Avertia would be an excellent choice, Recommended.

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