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Review: Norrsköld - Reflections of the Night Sky
Reflections of the Night Sky

Label: Rexius Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 33:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Reflections of the Night Sky

Rated 4.23/5 (84.62%) (13 Votes)

This is some great, Dissection-tinged Metal from rising Swedish Black/Death act Norrsköld, a band formed in 2012 by ex-Irrbloss member Henrik Bodin-Sköld, who's also the primary songwriter. In many ways, Norrsköld is a throwback to the first melodic Black/Death Metal bands that emerged on labels like No Fashion Records and Black Sun Records. Melodic and strongly atmospheric were the key words describing many of the Swedish Black/Death Metal bands back in those days and this tradition continues on Norrsköld's debut full-length studio album, Reflections of the Night Sky.

Norrsköld weave strong melody lines within their mix of Black and Gothenburg Death Metal, as did Dissection up until the time they ceased to exist due to the suicide of Jon Nödtveidt in August 2006. Norrsköld use a lot of acoustic passages and interludes, which add a nice contrast to the overall extreme Black/Death Metal approach. Norrsköld have a unique ability to make extreme Metal that sounds very beautiful at times, the result of putting so much effort into their catchy, melodic songwriting. This is truly the foundation of Norrsköld's sound and time will tell if people will see them as successors to Dissection's throne.

It's been proven, time and again, that the Swedes have some odd ingredients in their drinking water that others lack completely. Or perhaps it's just the deeply rooted Swedish melancholia, who knows? Either way, this is a highly recommended Swedish band for all fans of melodic (Swedish) Black/Death Metal. Norrsköld; got the name implanted into your brains yet?

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