Djevel – Tanker Som Rir Natten

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Aftermath Music
Released: 2021
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Band line-up:

Trond Ciekals – Guitars, Vocals (clean), Vocals (chants)
Faust – Drums
Kvitrim – Vocals, Bass


1. Englene som falt ned i min seng, skal jeg sette fri med brukne vinger og torneglorier
2. Maanen skal være mine øine, den skinnende stierne mine ben, og her skal jeg vandre til evig tid
3. En krone for et øie som ser alt, tusind torner for en sønn som var alt
4. Tanker som rir natten
5. Naar maanen formørker solen i en dødelig dans, ber jeg moder jord opp til en siste vals
6. Vinger som tok oss over en brennende himmel, vinger som tok oss hjem


Norwegian black metal outfit, Djevel has returned to wow the black metal world again with their seventh album “Tanker Som Rir Natten.” I would firstly like to apologise for not having translated the titles of the album or songs as I do not speak the band’s tongue but given how black metal can be enjoyed by anyone across all borders, then it doesn’t matter what language the band are speaking.

The universal language of black metal bliss is the only tongue this album spoke to me, for it showcases the longevity of several veteran musicians, namely Faust (Emperor) and Kvitrim (Vemod). Harsh drumming and jagged strings offer the band’s putrid and vicious take on the genre to let the world know they aren’t mellowing anytime soon.

Djevel have mastered a dark and harsh form of black metal that has Norway written all over it. If you’re someone who digs the ice and snow of Scandinavia’s most evil and notorious metal genre, then Dejevel is compulsive listening. Imagine a sley ride across a tundra with snow whipping your face and then eerie darkness descends and you’re on your way to the Nordic outer world surrounded by the most wonderful and darkest of Norse deities and spirits.

The musicianship is layered well and a lot of hard work has gone into the mastering to add the right level of melancholia to this release. I wouldn’t call this a technical black metal album, but it did tell me these musicians have come a long way from the times they were known for their satanic tomfoolery as much as their astonishing musicianship.

The elongated song titles and signature coldness of the album state that Norway is still a fine breeding ground for its greatest cultural export and has solidified it in my mind as a place I must visit if its musical legacy is living on in new albums as good as this one.

Review by Demitri Levantis