Skogen - _Vittra_
(Frostscald, 2009)
by: Nikola Shahpazov (7.5 out of 10)
_Vittra_ is one of those contemplative, full-on atmospheric black metal albums that border on post rock, meditative ambience and neofolk, while retaining that cold guitar churn so characteristic of the genre. Undeniably pagan and hooked on Burzum's _Filosofem_, these here Swedes have put out a most satisfying debut that suggests a great potential for further growth.

Lenghty opuses "Valnaden", "Dimfard" and "Skuggorna Kallar" often pass the nine minute mark and suggest Skogen have been listening quite awhile to shoegaze acts, Drudkh or even Alcest, thus managing a very fine combination of black metal vocal screech (somewhat reminiscent of the young Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved), spacy guitars and trance-like repetitiveness. Short instrumentals "Skymning" and "Host" see the band going into pure neofolk territory, while "Under Fullmanens Sken" whirls the listener back to more traditional fast-paced black metal.

Best comes last -- "I Skogens Djup" is a smashing, heavy as hell black metal lament mixing disharmonics, sinister melody, growling vocals, wind effects and acoustic guitars into a grand finale. Though still far from the league of Drudkh, Skogen seem to know how to get there.


(article published 2/5/2010)

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