GENRE: MELODIC BLACK METAL
ALBUM REVIEW: NATTARVET 
Artwork by Mario Polzin
- 2019 | Tracklist:
01 - Av Lie och Börda
03 - Arctic Light
04 - The Achromatic Road
05 - Sunnas Hädanfärd
06 - Tvehunger
[Release Date: 2019-07-26]
ORDER CD, LP & MERCH:
Nine - Vocals
T. Rydsheim - Guitar/Bass/Keys
D. Johansson - Drums
J. Engström - Guitar
Erik Gravsjö (MÅNEGARM) - Vocals
Martin Björklund - Violin
Mika Kivi (PAARA) - Vocals
Moa Sjölander - Vocals
(Diabolical, Demonical, October Tide, Etc.)
| Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at
WORMWOOD - Nattarvet - 2019 -
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
"(...)Hidden from the teeth of man
Life is but a struggle
Against the grain and snow
Towards darkness and crows (...)" | WORMWOOD | Nattarvet |
THE BAND AND THE NEW ALBUM:
From the cold Scandinavian lands of frost and snow comes the Swedish
melodic/folk black metal sensation band WORMWOOD, a band forged in
the heathen flames of Rydsheim (Sweden) in 2014.
Even being a relatively recent band WORMWOOD got already great
reviews from the media and caught the metal universe attention with their
debut album "Ghostlands - Wounds From a Bleeding Earth" [2017 -
Records] which was a masterpiece of its genre in our opinion!
The band returns now with another impressive piece of art entitled "Nattarvet"
- The Night's Heritage, a profound and dramatic musical journey inspired
at most on Swedish famine across the years of 1867 to 1869. The new album
focus on different people experiences over that dark period over Sweden's
past. Experiences of solitude and strife that caused a profound impact on
those who lived through that rough times!
"Nattarvet" is a quite more personal and emotive album than its
predecessor "Ghostlands...", who got inspired by the admiration of
the cosmos and the enchanting Scandinavian landscapes and wonders! "Nattarvet"
in the other hand goes deep into the experiences lived by those we most
probably forgotten about already, people who lived their lives in isolation,
families who died because of drastically hard winters. Harsh times when
people lacked on comfort and food to eat, traumatic experiences taken by
communities like the ones in Taiga of Sweden!
"Nattarvet" is an album embraced by melancholy and desolation that tells
of unspeakable horrors of those who lived through some of the worst periods
of time in Swedish lands, this horrors have been the main backbone and
inspiration of the new album soundscapes!
WORMWOOD have recreated their sound and gone deeper, this without ever
losing their own strong "folkish" identity. As a daring and audacious band,
have gone further with their experimental sound... so far, that sometimes it
reaches a transcendental stage taking their listeners deep in trance within
the created landscapes of sound! Pink Floyd'ish some would say, I rather say
it takes you out in a journey back to those desolate lands of frost and
snow, impressive to say the least!
WORMWOOD have kept their strong identity deeply attached to the
Scandinavian nature and wonders, no matter how obscure they can be, in this
case the album art by Mario Polzin condenses the album dark concept
in a minimalist, yet gracious stunning art! Not less gracious and stunning
is the whole album production once again by the hands of Swedish extreme
Sverker Widgren (Diabolical,
October Tide, etc).
No other was to be expected from a Wing Studios work but the sound
definition is in fact top notch on an elite level!
"Nattarvet" is a quite personal and mature album with a deep dark emotional
aura, contrasting with its predecessor enlighten, curious and positive vibe,
here melancholy dominates over a forlorn atmosphere.
WORMWOOD's new melodic/folk black metal creation is quite uniform in
quality, there are no bad tracks into this album so make yourself ready to
go deep into this desolate journey... dress up for a hard winter and enjoy
this memorable experience!
The opening track "Av Lie och Börda" (Of Scythe and Burden)
introduces the listeners to the whole album main theme that is the famine
over Swedish lands back in 1860's, it tells of peoples hopes for better
days, days that didn't came that soon at all. Poor farmers fought their way
through years of long winters, ruined crops and misery beyond measure. This
is a quite desolate fast song with enjoyable folk elements leading the
listener to a rural environment, here the violin sound makes all the
difference and brings some folk balance into an enraged black metal
"I Bottenlös Ävja" (In Bottomless Mud) follows, this song tells us of one
the many dangerous and treacherous bogs of those forlorn lands, it tells us
the tale of an old woman who got stuck on one of those bogs who sank her
down into her own agonising death, her ghost has haunted all those who dared
to venture near her (un)resting place ever since. This is a tragic gloomy
song that counts with the hauntingly melancholic guest clean vocals of the
finish singer Mika Kivi
of Paara. A spooky and bewitching atmosphere surrounds this great
dynamic song that is one of my favourites of the album, here the folk
elements are dark and sinister but yet so delightful!
"Arctic Light" is the following track and it is inspired by 'In
the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS
Jeannette' by Hampton Sides. It tells the tale of a man who was
shipwrecked somewhere in the Artic back in the 1800s and got himself lost on
those forsaken lands, he lost his sanity and embraced madness, becoming as
one with the Artic light! This is another of my personal favourite tracks of
the album, an overall fast melodic song with deep transcendental sections
that gives an astonishing balance to the whole track and takes you deep into
the frozen Artic regions where you will be mesmerized by the dancing Artic
lights, words cannot describe this feeling, It gave me shivers since first
listening, you need to hear such strongly visual song to know what I mean!
"The Achromatic Road" is the next track and it pays tribute to the
book "The Road" by Cormac Mccarthy. Here you follow a lonely
man's tragic life as he succumbs into a pale world embraced by misery. This
man's solitude was his ultimate downfall! This is a quite grey and hollow
song with a strong sorrowful melody that raises in tension until the
"Sunnas Hädanfärd" (Sunnas Death) comes next, and tells of Sunna (the
personification of the sun) and her downfall. She is losing her shining
vitality and all things around her shall die with her. Ragnarök (end
of the World) is coming and turns the whole world upside-down. This is
another fast and powerful track which counts with the participation of the
Månegarm's singer Erik that includes his powerful and bombastic
vocals on such Epic and heart pounding track that ends with a delightful "folkish"
"Tvehunger" (Double/Twine hunger) is the next track. On this song you
will follow the ascension of a pack of werewolves who ravished a town. The
song doesn't centre so much on the beasts themselves but on the horrors and
sadness that the villagers felt as well as lycanthropy theme by itself. This
is a fast ravaging song with a very own savage/barbaric essence of
primordial darkness. This is another of my favourite songs with a great epic
vibe that reaches its climax with some amazingly great ancestral pagan folk
oriented chant close to middle of the track, quickly followed with some
addictive epic guitar leads. Folk and melodic black metal can't get much
better than this!
"The Isolationist" song ends up this amazing album with the mark of
excellence, this is another song about solitude and it tells of a man who
refuses to leave his home deep in the forest. Even with the death of his old
wife he decided to remain in that forsaken place and wither away into
obscurity. This is a deep melancholic song with an agonising desolated
atmosphere. "The Isolationist" is another of my favourite
tracks that keeps a great balance between the ravaging black metal and the
melancholic melody that embraces the whole song, a deep transcendental and
experimental melody within the middle of this song takes you deep into the
whole forsaken atmosphere lived through the whole "Nattarvet" musical
journey... the album couldn't end up better if you ask me! Cold as snow and
frost as ice... this is in fact another epic masterpiece from such force of
nature by the name of WORMWOOD!
"Nattarvet" - The Night's Heritage is some of the most melancholic,
well-balanced, profound and dark pieces of melodic/folk black metal we heard
in the last years! Proving that that this Swedish sensation band never stops
surprising us with their immeasurable talent.
"Nattarvet" is an impressive and intense piece of ravaging
Scandinavian black metal art with the aid of enriching folk and melodic
elements who provide WORMWOOD a very own, strong and remarkable
Allot is to be expected on the following chapters of this band most
promising career. Who knows when they will sit among the giants of
Scandinavian black metal? I think it's just a matter of time!
For now you can sit down and enjoy their highly recommended new work in all
its splendour! Make yourself ready to join in a dark daring journey across
the forlorn Swedish lands of famine, solitude and long cold winters!
NeKronos Promotion HELL
"The Isolationist" : Videoclip:
"I Bottenlös Ävja" : Audio Clip:
"Arctic Light" : Live Video: