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Nifelheim - Envoy of Lucifer

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  1. George

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    Nifelheim - Envoy of Lucifer
    Regain Records - 19 November 2007
    By George Grant

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    Nifelheim has had a rich history within the black metal scene. Their early albums, notably the self titled debut and follow up Devil’s Force, have obtained cult status and rightly so. In a time when most bands were looking to further the melodic and romantic side of black metal, Nifelheim stood strong and continued on the path of raw unapologetic aggression. The Swedish force also injected Maiden influences to their bestial music which offered a nice twist and firmly placed their feet on the traditional metal ground. Their newest album, Envoy of Lucifer, has the band continuing with their raw sound giving long time fans exactly what they want although irritably nothing new.

    Raw riffs, unrelenting vocals and a dash of melody are the basic elements on this album. Expect to hear a wealth of tremolo riffs and power chords with no hint of a modern influence, and I’m sure Nifelheim fans would have it no other way. The band also tosses in some ripping leads like in the opening ‘Infernal Flames of Destruction’ that are anything but an exercise in self indulgence.

    The tracks that really stand out are dripping in the old school feel. ‘Storm of the Reaper’ with its constant punk inspired d-beat and simple but effective chord progression is a catchy track that will warrant multiple re-listens. The same can be said with ‘Evil is Eternal’ and the sing (scream?) a-long chorus. Fans looking for the band to take new directions will like the Sarcofago influences on ‘Evocation of the End,’ as well as the rhythmically varied and hypnotic lead on the closing ‘No more Life.’

    Cased in a raw production devoid of modern tendencies, Envoy of Lucifer will be a fine album for fans of previous Nifelheim releases. However, those looking for Nifelheim to offer a new defining and classic album may be a bit disappointed. The band doesn’t vary the pallet as much and seem to be set in their ways. Still, when compared to the rest of the material released this year, Envoy of Lucifer will stand head and shoulders above.

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  2. Dr. Abner Mality

    Dr. Abner Mality Primary Scare Physician

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    Pretty enjoyable album, especially if you dig 80's black metal. I find this cartoony blasphemy to be a refreshing antidote to all the avant-garde namby pamby "suicidal" black metal making the rounds these days...o_O
     
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    Class pure class... Even if you aren't a black metal fan you gotta love this stuff. Pure crunch indeed...
     

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