Nifelheim - _Devil's Force_
(Necropolis Records, 1997)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
Looking at all the evil imagery Nifelheim seem to have tried so hard to put together through band photos, ridiculous front cover and utterly unimaginative song titles, I expected _Devil's Force_ to be quite a brutal album, even though probably not very technical. However, the rather simplistic thrashy retro-sounding black metal Nifelheim play throughout this half-hour long album failed to impress me as far as brutality is concerned. It may be fast, aggressive and not exactly the most melodic metal album ever made, but the brutality level is still far from the standards set by many bands by now and fails to entirely compensate the technical simplicity. Another problem is that the more quality Norwegian black metal you know, the worse Nifelheim's attempts at producing "evil music" sound. Still, and although there is hardly anything new to be found in this album, Nifelheim are reasonably good at what they do and _Devil's Force_ is an acceptable average album.

(article published 1/9/1998)

4/18/1996 S Hoeltzel 7 Nifelheim - Nifelheim
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