NAGLFAR: "Pariah" naglfar
release date 20th.06.2005
preview - review by Artur Felicijan____
Metal. After a truly long time, my ears have been delighted to receive a
musical doze that doesn't seem to have it's place of honor today. Black
metal as it was in the mid-nineties vanished with it's time. It was
later reincarnated and deformed into new types of black(?) metal, built
without it's primal ingredient, and over-influenced by trend and
fashion. The rules of finance raped it's image, and the bands that began
flooding the scene are lingering in the comfort of mediocrity and in
proving themselves insignificant to the record labels and the fans. And
the worst and most shameful fact - it became insignificant to the music
in general and to most of the community, to which black metal artists
are considered ridiculous and unoriginal "musicians" with lack
of talent, trapped in adolescence.
That's not the case with Naglfar. This fine Swedish quintet caught my
attention with their 1995 release "Vittra", which was and
still is considered as one of the finest outputs in the genre. 10 years
after their debut, Naglfar did not abandon their path of blasphemy.
Turned against the light they went further onward, following their
shadows in quest for the dark musical perfection. They've found it and
called it "Pariah", your guide of on the way, where no light
Indeed, "Pariah" is furious, aggressive and vicious in every way, giving the profound musical experience in absorbing the malevolence and rage Naglfar unleash upon the listener. From the very beginning to the end, the album is entwined into a shadow, a somber mixture of hatred and apocalyptic atmosphere rare can master so purely. The songs are extremely fast and ripping, yet full of great melody and hellish vocal performance.
What stands out on this record is production, which is very sharp and clear, with great sounding drums and hard hitting vocals. But in the meantime, Naglfar managed to maintain the black metal harshness with natural and good sounding guitars and snare.
The whole album is
obviously very Swedish-sounding, besides the songs that showcase that
with the melodies. As for the lyrics, Naglfar stood true to themselves
on "Pariah", with titles such as "A Swarm of
Plagues", "The Murder Manifesto", "Revelations
carved in Flesh" and "None shall be spared". A dark
poetic interpretation of hatred and apocalypse.
almost like going back to the years when black metal albums sounded the
way they should. By that I don't only mean intense, evil and true, but
ORIGINAL! Original as "Pariah" is. Being original is not equal
to abandon the black metal genre, but it is by exploring it in it's
darkest corners. Black metal IS the music of darkness, and some people
can't handle darkness. You think you can handle it? Try
song: The perpetual Horrors
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