The start of the album portrays the Taake touch that made the band shine some years ago and became a trademark sound. Yes, this works. Second track has memorable riffing, too. It's not a mirage, fortunately. Now black metal is "dying," according to the damned trends, only the true bands survive and Taake is without a doubt one of them. Incorporating elements, though, that could be bold and even bizarre, like the inclusion of a banjo solo in a track. Pretty weird sounding, I like it but maybe others won't.
No Darkthrone clone here, for those of you unaware of Taake's legacy to extreme music. Good sound, technical abilities and ideas, intricate melodies alternating with minimalistic ones, always soaked in a cold, melodic focus and variation of tempos. Original yet loyal to the roots of the genre, Taake heads for the future while rooted in firm, solid black metal. Oh Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) and Attila Csihar (perhaps most famously from Mayhem) guest here, but hell, that's no reason in and of itself to be buying this album at all since the quality of the music is quite remarkable.
[Actual release date is 2011; there is an issue with the site preventing selection of the actual date.]
|1. Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed|
|4. Du Ville Ville Vestland|
|7. Dei Vil Alltid Klaga Og Kyta|
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