Naðra – Allir Vegir Til Glötunar (2016)


Article by David Rosales

It is hard to ascertain if it’s pretentiousness or merely a poor appreciation of classic minimalist metal that brings about all these very underdeveloped (or simply shitty) releases. It seems that most of these would-be musicians think that all it takes to put out a folk-melodic black metal album is to write a simple consonant melody in standard time signature, play it in with tremolo picking, use variations of blast beats and mid-paced double-bass drums and a combination of bark-scream-screeches and the now-fashionable “war calls”.

The result of this sort of thinking is, again, surface oriented and only manages to turn what was originally a unique expression that bubbled up from a deep feeling into a list of characteristics to be filled in order to sound appealing to a particular demographic of undiscerning music fans. Rather than beat up another mediocre artist of absolutely no relevance, we must also turn our muskets in the direction of the masses of uncaring metal fans who take no heed of who they “vote up” or what they buy as long as it is mildly pleasing.

It is you, the average fan, that decides what sort of projects receive support and that subpar music is put aside. The old excuse of supporting up-coming acts that may in time improve and write outstanding music is a poor one. Let them struggle, let them first earn their merit. Metal is no aristocratic art that needs spoiled kids to have their ego stroked so that they somehow become musical geniuses. No legendary metal album is the result of undeserved favors, they are all, almost invariably, the result of struggle, of blood and tears.

For the sake of metal itself, if not for the sake of your own mental health and nutrition, throw away and put aside all projects that stand on the same quality level as Naðra Allir Vegir Til Glötunar. This has absolutely nothing to do with production. This has absolutely nothing to do with monetary support for touring. This is about not only creativity but the perseverance, ability and knowledge or intuition to arrange convincing structures that amount to Dionysian calls from the inner man. Allir Vegir Til Glötunar is only dead weight for the metal genre.

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8 thoughts on “Naðra – Allir Vegir Til Glötunar (2016)”

  1. harry, they guy with the snake tatoo on his face says:

    That cover art has some type of snake and all snakes suck shit.
    bad move by the band limiting who will buy this.
    I would never buy this.

  2. Old fart says:

    Review the new Chthe’list, faggots.

    1. David Rosales says:

      We have no promo. And it wouldn’t fair too well if we take the only single as reference.

    2. David Rosales says:

      Biggest problem is that it lives too much in “the moment”.
      It’s a sequence of big riffs, related riffs, sure, but that’s it.
      It stops at the riff.

      Biggest props are production, cool soloing and “juicy riffs”. Cool stuff, but not much in the way of profound artwork.

      One can tell much by the way songs are developed 3/4s through their playtime and how they conclude. “Voidspawn” is a happy disaster that begins in a confused manner and ends pointlessly.

  3. Phil says:

    You ever realise how the ability to find decent new metal is hampered by the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of idiots that have to talk about it all the damn time? Each idiot proclaiming a dozen or more bands who have 10 fans or whatever, and all bands are basically a combination of the shitty influences of the lead writer mixed with the whatever genre the band wants to pander to.

    Then you say “this band fucking sucks lol” and you’re out of the group.

    1. David Rosales says:

      Except there is “lol” in our statement and this is a warning and an evaluation of what is current.

  4. hypocrite says:

    Sounds like the new Lluvia album: fucking uninspired boring bullshit. Also, the AVERAGE fan? Is that really who’s reading this article?

    1. David Rosales says:

      Hopefully, the true fan

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