Since the beginning of this decade, Icelandic black metal has been the most noticeable phenomena in the black metal scenario, with contributing bands such as Svartidaudi, Wormlust, Carpe Noctum, Misthyrming and Sinmara. What entices me the most is the viciousness and savagery lying underneath the musical core of these Icelanders. Naðra (started as a side project of Misthyrming members) can be considered as another jewel on the Icelandic throne. With that very tone and intensity, Naðra is going to release their debut full-length Allir vegir til glötunar on January 22nd, 2016.
Allir vegir til glötunar is about 39 minutes in length, contains 5 tracks and features artwork by Skaðvaldur. Having said that, let me focus on the release itself. The music, since the initiating moment, is fast, restless and impassioned. Horrendous guitar riffs and shreds possess all the key characteristics Icelandic black metal has to offer. I’d highlight the background of this release particularly, as Naðra chose here to bring about some improvisation (compared to Misthyrming or Carpe Noctum). Here, the soundscapes are brighter, rather than sounding too evil or dark. Faster tremolo riffs and thickened bass distortions cover up for the atmosphere here, with a strong and clear production. The vocals are mostly done with high pitched shrieking and howling voices. The lyrics are all written in Icelandic. I’d particularly put my bet on tracks Fjallið and Fallið, as these songs have the most bumps and impulsive black metal moments.
I am not good with metaphors, so I’d rather be straightforward – Allir vegir til glötunar is another milestone addition to Icelandic black metal releases and is essential for any black metal fan. Start counting for the Armageddon once you have listened to the entire length of this album. Highly recommended.