MetalBite Review by Tomek on 4/2/2007
got me used to a high quality of their recordings, so when I got "Harvest"
into my hands, I knew what to expect. This is the fifth album by those Swedes, so I was a little worried if they would be able to keep up to their high recording standards of the previous albums and if their music would still reek of hatred, evil and suffering.
Even though there are a few things on this album that I find weaker (we'll talk about them later), "Harvest"
as a whole makes me smile. Naglfar
is one of those bands that can effortlessly mix raw energy of Black Metal that we know from their first albums with the elements of melodic Death Metal introduced in their later releases. This mix makes their songs memorable to a point that you can recognize them from the first riffs. Traditionally of course, intensity mixes with atmospheric slower parts, melodic touches intertwine with ultra fast brutality, and in all that, solos, parts of keyboards or piano are thrown into as if into a twister of sickening sound.
Musically, the whole band shows us solid compositional skills, supported by technical instrumentality and respectable experience. Vocals are one of the 2 things that I don't find satisfying all the way to the end. Not that there is anything wrong because Christopher Olivius spits out wicked lyrics, but I think that on "Pariah"
, he sang with such passion and malice, that vocals added an extra level of brutality. On "Harvest"
, somehow I don't feel that rage and hatred as much. Don't get me wrong, vocals are very strong and solid, but I believe it's missing that sickening venom and cold madness known from "Pariah"
. To me, this album as a whole feels more melodic and somewhat toned down. I don't feel their previous hate of the human race, stench of burning sulfur and overall vile repugnance. Except for those two little things, I believe "Harvest"
is an inspired, interesting and originally diverse piece of work. I will definitely come back to it in a while. I've listened to it a bit too much last couple of days, and, I must add, enjoyed it sinfully. Now it is time for something new to pummel my ears and torment my soul.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10