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I Krig

Vreid - I Krig ©2007 Indie Recordings
1. Jarnbyrd
2. Under Isen
3. I Krig
4. VŠpna Lengsel
5. Svart
6. Folkefiendar
7. Dei Daude Steig Av Grav
8. Fangegard
9. Millom Hav Og Fjell

By now, most metal fans know the tragic story of Windir. After four outstanding albums, band leader Valfar died in a blizzard. The remaining members knew they couldn't continue on as Windir, as Valfar was the visionary and songwriter behind that project. So instead they formed Vreid and forged their own path. As one might expect, Vreid has a few similarities but overall has created their own idenity. I Krig, the band's third album, finds the musicians pooling together ideas from two of Norway's more prominent musical avenues: black metal and hard rock.

While Norway's black metal scene has garnered a lot of press, many people overlook the fact that the country has churned out quite a few blistering rock acts such as Turbonegro. In fact, it seems every guy with a guitar has a gritty rock act in that vein. Vreid, being Norwegian, has taken a few cues from that scene, mixing together the energy and big riffs with the speedy melodic black metal they cut their teeth on in Windir. The inclusion of the cowbell in the album opener "Jarnbyrd" should be an obvious indication that Vreid is not scared of bigtime rock music. Massive riffs are plastered in every song on I Krig. There's a few bits of the folkish elements of black metal, such as the violin in the title track as well as the "Viking metal" album closer "Millom Hav Og Fjell". One of the more outstanding tracks is "Under Isen", which finds the band at full throttle.

I Krig is a rather good album that deftly adapts the best aspects of black metal with hard rock without all the pretension that goes along with arena rock. The album is chock full of energy, great riffs, good songs and a great production.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/2010

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