Norwegian black metallers, Vreid, have recently released their seventh album titled Sólverv. As I am writing this I am listening to this album for the second time in a row. What can I say? It’s straight up black metal, unapologetic and dark. This album has everything that fans of Norwegian Black Metal expect, from the extremely dark riffs to the fast blast beats to the harsh vocals. It made me reminisce about the old Immortal albums albeit with modern production values. The production is great and everything is mixed perfectly.
Fans of Vreid know that some of their songs are in English and some are in Norwegian. This album is completely in Norwegian – an interesting choice, as this could potentially limit their target audience. I do, however, appreciate that this could be a way for the band to acknowledge its heritage and I truly believe that is something that can be admired and respected. If you are a die-hard black metal fan then this album is for you. No black metal collection is truly complete without some Vreid.
Sture – Vocals and Guitar
Hváll – Bass
Steingrim – Drums
Strom – Guitars
Pick up Digipak copy of Sólverv here.