Vananidr – Vananidr

Rating: 3/5
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Released: 2019
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Anders Eriksson – Everything


1. Raging Blizzards
2. Frostbitten Kingdom
3. Abomination of Evil
4. Projections
5. Rise
6. Warfare
7. Enter Eternity
8 .Psalm till Döden



Vananidr are a black metal band who released their self-titled debut on 4th April, through the Purity Through Fire record label. The music is raw but not too raw, it is cold, intense and is very 90s sounding. The same goes for many bands under the PTF banner, in fact. It also evokes woodland mysticism and draws influence from Swedish folk music. Whilst the music is very violent in nature and the singer likes to scream his head off, it is also quite melodic. In a way.

The writing here is good and is better than average, the two guitars often cleverly combine in a way that is neo-classically inspired, the drumming is frantic yet ultra precise, the singing is hateful. You even get some retro sounding keyboards in the mix at times. However, the lack of innovation kind of spoils things. Sure Vananidr are trying to be 90s as explained, but so many other bands are. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve said something similar, but take a dozen or so old school BM metal groups and play them to their fans without telling them who they are. Would they be able to tell the bands apart? Probably not.

The instrumental ’Projections’ does have a more original softer, ambient sound and makes for an interesting interlude, but it is a little on the short side and sounds unfinished. After that brief moment of welcome surprise, it’s back to business and the more furious and typical BM style reappears with ‘Rise’. A very mild feeling of disorientation is created because of that, and it’s a feeling the album could do more with. Having said that, the album does close with a perfectly respectable and strangely fitting solo organ piece called ’Psalm till Doden’. It is somber and contrasts with the preceding rage very well to give the album an added bit of depth.

In conclusion, if you are familiar with a lot of BM, Vananidr will likely be a very forgettable experience for you in more ways then one. It is highly Darkthrone/Gorgoroth sounding. It’s maybe a little more sophisticated than them, but not enough for anyone to be excited about. It’s certainly not proggy. The production of the album also is far from new. In fact it is more or less identical to many of the band’s contemporaries. However, if you’re looking for well composed, exciting and evil music, Vananidr could be for you. Stream the album below, to find out if you agree with me!

Review by Simon Wiedemann