Naglfar - _Vittra_
(Wrong Again Records, 1995)
by: Brian Meloon (
Within any genre, there are the inventors, the innovators, and the clones. These guys fall into the last category, sounding almost exactly like Dissection. The playing is good (although the drumming is average... he could be a little more interesting), the vocals are fine, the guitar and bass work are precise, and the songs are good, but these guys don't really add anything new to the genre. The songs are a little "catchier" than Dawn (see CoC #8), but not quite as catchy as Dissection. They have a few neat tricks, such as the intro to "Emerging from Her Weepings", which is acoustic guitar with double bass drums under it (yeah, it's been done before, but it's still pretty cool) and some keyboards for atmosphere, but it's a sound you've heard before. I even feel that some of the melodies seemed a little too familiar, as if I'd heard them before, but couldn't quite figure out where. Still, with the excellent production and relative youth of the death/black genre, this is worth getting. Those of you who can't get enough of Dissection won't be disappointed.
(article published 6/9/1996)
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