Unholy Nordic Noise
Review by Alex on January 21, 2020.
Abbath plays speed metal, or so the vocalist would have you believe after hearing Unholy Nordic Noise by Reaper (Sweden). Either that or Abbath has a twin. I've listened repeatedly to Unholy Nordic Noise that at first appeared to be lacking and that’s only cause my attention was more occupied with the vocal aspect of the record. The front-man of this band could probably do vocals for Immortal as it stands, and let Demonaz handle everything else, that’s how identical they are to Abbath’s. Straight out of ‘Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms’ I would not have once imagined that somewhere exists an individual that could replicate the vocals of Abbath with such precision. You might say Dagon of Inquisition does that, but you’d be mighty wrong because Dagon’s are more reminiscent of Tibetan throat singing.
They’re a good handful of standout songs on the album, these are the tracks that gave more freedom/time for the guitars to function and take hold of the music. You’ll find that longer tracks are more exciting simply because there is more to look forward to in terms of riffs, and as for the vocals they remain consistent throughout so that feeling of listening to Abbath never clears. More straightforward titles such as the opener 'Hero of the Graveyard Flies' and 'Severing Tentacles of Faith' have high playback value and even challenge those with more rhythmically driven passages. The drumming is basic thrash/speed metal, no surprise there; and the guitars are excellent both in rhythm and soloing departments.
Some of the best guitar work could be heard on 'Hero of the Graveyard Flies', 'This Crystal Hell’ and 'De Krälande Maskarnas Kör'. There is also a tug between Swedish death metal and Motorhead mechanics going on with the guitar formulas and tones. Unholy Nordic Noise is short, roughly around 29 minutes tops, it’s not too technical, easy to follow despite the production that would appear as a turnoff to some and is neither too candid, thus avoiding a run of the mill tag. The musicianship itself is decent and the production value is intentionally fancy, or discernible but with a wrecked edge. Unholy Nordic Noise is an album that does its job well enough to garner considerable attention.
Rating: 8 out of 10302