MetalBite Review by Adam M on 5/16/2011
The music of Vreid
, an outfit formed by members of the band Windir
, contains the ravaging aggression of many Black Metal bands, but balances this out with moody atmospherics that easily raise the act above most bands of the genre. The songs have a jagged rhythm section that often recalls the likes of Dissection
combined with a lot of tempo and heaviness shifts, as can be readily seen from the opener 'Arche'. There are also several moments for the listener to catch their breath as a moment of abrasiveness is often changed quickly to a quiet introspective one in seamless fashion. When the riffs are emphasized, they are stylishly done and stand out in the forefront.
Another comparison to make with the band is with both Emperor
, as similarly busy soundscapes are created that feature vocals that are very much like the atypical style of Ihsahn
. This album was really an unexpected treat for me and ended up being a more adventurous and atmosphere-heavy release than I had expected. Itís not perfect, however. The sound of the band isnít incredibly professional, though it is solid and this is seen from tracks like 'Welcome To The Asylum', which are a bit raw for my tastes. The band is also hard to pin an identifiable sound upon, as they vary their style almost too much throughout the length of "V"
Still, I was thoroughly surprised by the quality of the release and it stacks up favourably to almost anything thatís been released in 2011 thus far. Fans of all types of Black Metal will find something to appreciate on this quality album. If Vreid
continue to embrace aspects of their music such as the strong sense of melody and variation, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.4 out of 10