|Review: Naglfar - Sheol|
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 12, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.07/5 (81.43%) (14 Votes)
Is it just my imagination or is every band I have reviewed as of late been from Sweden? Kind of tells you where the majority of the good metal is coming from as of late…as if that was a secret I just let out...:). With all the great music coming out of this country you would think it would be difficult to become noticed through the crowd but certain bands have certainly garnered more than their share of notoriety. One of these bands is Naglfar who in my opinion are the leaders of the Black/Death metal genre. I have yet to hear an album from these guys that I didn’t like and the new one is certainly no exception considering I believe this may be the best album they have ever recorded.
The albums blend of Black/Death metal is by far some of the best I have ever heard and there isn’t really one thing that you can point to and say that is what makes the album so good. In all actuality it is the package as a whole. The way the band blends all the influences together into one cohesive assault on your senses is simply awe-inspiring. The death metal comes through in the rhythm section blended with the black metal style vocals over the top of a brutal style thrash feel and throughout this sonic charge the melody isn’t at all forgotten. If a band can be brutal and still remain catchy this is one hell of an accomplishment. Although the band has been compared to Dissection and the influence is certainly there but I can easily say that this album is head and shoulders above anything Dissection ever released. With the amount of respect that Dissection has (and deservedly so) this is pretty high praise indeed. You will have to trust me on this one when I say the album is simply that good.
Overall this album is the best of their career and easily keeps them on the throne of being the best Black/Death metal band out there right now. What "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" did for Dimmu Borgir, "Sheol" does for Naglfar. This will certainly be in the top ten of a lot of year ending lists. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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