V NorwayCountry Of Origin: Norway
Vreid - V

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MB Rating: 7.5
[2 Vote(s)]

User Rating: 8.2
[6 Vote(s)]
The Blood Eagle
Wolverine Bastards
The Sound Of The River Video
Fire On The Mountain
The Others And The Look
Welcome To The Asylum
Then We Die

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2011
Label: Indie Recordings
Categories: Black, Melodic
8.2 out of 10 / 6 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Kate on 3/28/2011
Rising from the ashes of the band Windir after the death of frontman, Valfar, Norwegian metallers Vreid (Norwegian word for wrath) have a combined an interesting mixture of Black Metal and Rock And Roll. This Black And Roll brigade includes members Sture on vocals and guitar, Strom on guitar, Hvalle on bass and Steingrim on drums.

The rawness of Stureís Black Metal vocals mixed with classic guitar riffs along the lines of old Metallica or Sepultura definitely works together nicely. Something like this, Black Metal combined with eighties metal, I would consider to be rather cheesy but the tracks are dark and heavy and carry a considerable amount of power. The first track 'Arche' begins with some heavy riffing thatís supplies a nice groove backed by Steingrimís intense drumming. Stromís vocals are absolutely venomous and the guitar solo is very prominent carrying nice melody with it. 'The Blood Eagle' was a little disappointing in the fact that it carried a typical rhythm that Iíve heard on plenty of metal albums in the past, nothing here really that stood out to me. 'Wolverine Bastards' throws you into the pit with vicious blastbeats and shredding guitar that keeps going at breakneck speed until a couple minutes in where itís broken up by a melodic solo and then throws you right back in. 'Fire On The Mountain' contains more classic guitar shredding and ripping solo but the only thing thatís worrying me here is repetitiveness, thereís nothing really that differentiates one track from the other. Itís all incredibly talented but I want something thatís going to make me stand up and notice and so far itís not doing it for me. 'Slave' is the only one that changes up the album by slowing down a bit to a nice groove and you can hear some of Stureís cleaner vocals. The closer 'Then We Die' finishes with haunting guitar and melody supported with Stureís dark lyrics.

ďVĒ is a decent album that shows a lot of promise. What they lack in variety, which is something that can always be worked on in the future, Vreid more than makes up in talent.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 7.0
Atmosphere: 7
Production: 6.5
Originality: 6.5
Overall: 6

Rating: 6.6 out of 10

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 and Ihsahn, 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

Musicianship: 8.5
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 7.5
Originality: 8.5
Overall: 8.5

Rating: 8.4 out of 10