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Review: Naglfar - Vittra

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 1995
Duration: 46:17
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: August 26, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.35/5 (86.96%) (23 Votes)

Well this is tiresome. I know lots of people like Naglfar, but I'm not really one of them. This is a re-release of their debut album from 1995, and it points up how little, if any, this band has changed over 12 years. I was hoping their debut would be brilliant, and help explain for me why this band gets so much press, but like I said, this sounds pretty much exactly like Naglfar do now.

Naglfar combine speedy Death/Black riffage with abusive, monotonous shrieking vocals. The music ranges from piss-poor to not-bad, but the vocals are consistently lousy, and they pretty much ruin the whole affair for me. Naglfar try to inject some dynamic, but their efforts mostly consist of slowing down, and then suddenly blasting away while the vocalist goes "Aaaaaaaaaaaa!" – not really very exciting. There are some good riffs on this, but no real good songs, as all the songs sound more or less identical. This is the blueprint for every dull 'Death/Black Something' band currently glutting Century Media's release schedule. If you like that kind of thing, fine, but I don't.

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