PLBM Podcast – Episode 1

The pilot episode of the Peace Love Black Metal Podcast is now online on Soundcloud.

Track listing, and where to support the bands:

Nevalra – Terror Throne

Vukari – Cursus Honorum

Batushka – Yekteniya III

Blazing Eternity – Over Sorte Heder

Naðra – Forn

Antlers – To The Throats

Thunderwar – Black Storm Will Unfold

Chaoscraft – Craft Of Deceit

Moonsorrow – Suden Tunti

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Blood Sabbath

Sol Sistere – Death Knell

Show Me A Dinosaur – Wojna


Link/Grapevine/Welcome to the circle..

In relation to yesterday’s review of Naðra’s debutalbum I’ve got an interesting link for you..

For further insight on the Icelandic black metal scene, you should read this great piece by Hannah Jane Cohen, Published on Grapevine.Is

It takes you behind, what could be, the most interesting scene at the moment, and features interviews with the people behind some of the most prolific bands from the volcano island. The amazing photos by Hafsteinn Viðar and Laufey Elíasdóttir is a nice bonus on the side.

“Welcome to the circle..”


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Review/Naðra/Allir vegir til glötunar 

Naðra is the latest band from Iceland to catch my attention, and I need to share a few words on their debut “Allir vegir til glötunar” (All roads to destruction)

Consisting of members from Misþyrming, Carpe Noctum and Ophidian I, this is most probably to be considered a side-project – but what a great one. Before mentioned Misþyrming has been making headlines the last years, and among others, paved the way for what seems like an ever-growing scene in Iceland. With that in mind the big question is, whether it’s about time we turn our attention away from the volcano island? The answer should be given below.

Spoiler alert: It’s not.

“Fjallið,” is the first, and shortest, track of the album; neo-classic blackened metal with it’s fair share of hardhitting blastbeats. A promissing start, that does not give it all away in an instant.

There is indeed much more to come; nice harmonies  and solos erupts from the massive walls of guitar-driven chaos, choirs kick in numerous times, and the pace is ever changing throughout.

The standout of the album is, in my opinion, the the fourteen minute long “Falið.” What it brings down in pace – it picks up in intensity. This track creates pictures in my head of someone, in the deepest of agony, screaming/crying back at life it self.

The album contains three more tracks, than the above mentioned, and when the last tone of the closing track “Fallið” rings out, it’s a instant push on the replay-button. It’s been like that for the last couple of weeks; My nine year old girl asking me in the car, on our way to school, “So, it’s still that Icelandic band..?”

So to sum up, it’s less disturbed and more “user-friendly” than the related Misþyrming, but still without lacking nerve and intensity. On top of the controlled rhythmic chaos, Vocalist Ö channels the beautiful roar of mother Iceland herself. This guy could probably give me the chills just citing nursery rhymes.

Naðra is not just another Icelandic black metal band, nor should this be passed off as “yet another” black metal record. They don’t deny their obvious heritage; there’s recognisable elements from the members other bands, but this album grows with every listen; Layers and harmonies surfaces with every listen, and you should definitly go ahead and check it out on Bandcamp.

Under a pale Icelandic sky, they shall arise. Guess you shouldn’t turn your back on Iceland just yet..

Naðra Bandcamp

Support the band, by paying whatever you feel like for the album. I suggest you pay them handsomely..

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