Ulvdalir – …Of Death Eternal

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.ironbonehead.de/
Released: January 2019
Buy Album: https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ulvdalir-of-death-eternal
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/IronBoneheadProductions

Tracklisting:

1. Intro 2:49
2. Awakening 7:34
3. Black Flame of Will 7:40
4. Swords of Belial 8:08
5. Birth of the Beast 5:46
6. Music of Cold Spheres 7:32
7. Eternal Angel of Death Eternal 8:58
8. Outro 1:45

Review

The intro to this album is quite slow. It’s an ominous sounding track that lasts nearly 3 minutes and it’s not entirely to my taste if I’m honest. I’m all for setting the scene, however, this just took a little too long to get started.

From the moment the second track starts you can tell that this is a black metal album. It’s erratic and unsettling. The guitars drone into each other whilst almost struggling to keep up with the quicker beats of the drums. The growls are so low that I can hardly hear any of them until they echo. This track doesn’t have many layers or dimensions and for something nearly 8 minutes long it lacks diversity to keep you interested.

The fourth track is where things begin to diversify and not blend from one track to the next. The guitars follow that more of a death metal track than a black metal one. It adds a different atmosphere and the vocals are no longer hidden so well amongst the rest of the track.

Each track on this album is brutally fast and what you would expect in black metal. However, for me, there isn’t anything that fully sets this band apart from other black metal bands other than the fact that each song is around the 7/8 minute mark. Whilst I appreciate it, there isn’t anything that truly excites me about this album.

 

Review by Courtney Solloway
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