REVIEW - Ildsvander, Slaegt

A thrilling shot of adrenaline with a very raw and urgent sounding approach is present in this eagerly anticipated debut full length from Danish two Man Black Metal outfit Slaegt. Ildsvander comprises of 10 tracks that rarely break the 3 minute mark and coming courtesy of Danish label Posh Isolation it follows the release of a brilliantly received demo and split tape release with Yorkshires finest White Medal.

Ildsvander enters with an eerie introduction before heading straight into ‘Der Er Kraft I Det Onde’ which standing alone showcases the record on the whole brilliantly. Taking their cues from early Darkthrone and LLN releases, with an often time melodic and epic approach to riffing, all the solid backbone of straight punk drumming is present and quite reminiscent of Finnish stalwarts Horna which helps to provide the record with an overall loose feeling and a sense of chaos that a lot of “nowadays” Black Metal seems to lack. Ildsvander is an album of surprising depth often utilises post-punkish slower moments and chanting before the unrelenting force that has come to be expected from the band since their inception. The album finisher in ‘Her vil jeg do’ offers something slightly different, appearing to be more grand in its scale and execution and maybe giving some indication to the future direction of the band’s sound.

Overall, this is a raging Black Metal release that is worthy of anyone’s time. The only slight let down for me would be the mix and delivery of the vocals.

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