Review: Skald in Veum - 1260 Days
- Artist: Skald in Veum
- Album: 1260 Days
- Release date: October 30, 2015
- Record label: Rottweiler/SkyBurnsBlack Records
- Track listing:
- "Ravens over Lübenholz"
- "Drunk With Tainted Blood"
- "Eden Raped"
- "Until My Head Rolls"
This EP starts with the instrumental track "Ravens over Lübenholz". Not much to say about this track.
"Drunk With Tainted Blood" is the EPs' hit single. And I think that is totally right! It's got a very atmospheric sound to it. Just by the intro to the song, with the drums fills and the guitar tones, you can tell it's a Black metal track. The drums sound very similar to Broken Flesh speed-wise. The track even has a breakdown part in it. Or whatever you call those in black metal. The song seems to take a very big influence from Horde and secular black metal bands.
"Inferno" has a very groovy beat to it. The double bass pedal and the guitars going together perfectly and then they jump back to the black metal sound. There are some eery sound backing vocals on this track.
"Eden Raped" starts with a floor tom-snare intro and jumps right into some thick bass. The song keeps the sound until about a minute in and then more black metal. Though the EP consists of six tracks, many of them, "Eden Raped" included are very long tracks. It keeps the Black metal sound, but it seems to add what Antestor does. So like a Death/Black Metal thing.
"Until My Head Rolls" has a very (and I mean very) fast paced intro with the drums going ballistic and the vocals doing many layers. There's a kind of Viking influence as well without all the odd instruments. There is definite and apparent influence drawn from Horde, Antestor and many other Unblack metal bands.
"Siaren" has, you guessed it, the black metal sound. The whole album has the same sound. Like many albums do. The Black/Thrash sound is very evident and it is incredible. There is a weird whaling in the background but I think that goes with the territory. (Note: I would have quoted a verse in this song but the whole last song was in a different language. Most likely Swedish as that's where their from).
Overall: The EP is kind of long for six tracks but nonetheless brutal and wicked. The EP is obviously taking an influence from all of the 90's Unblack metal band and maybe even the 80's black metal bands. Skald in Veum made an incredible six-track, 20-something minutes, brutal EP. Rottweiler has great potential at spotting talent. And it doesn't even have to be in same country!
Sounds Like: Horde, Antestor, Broken Flesh, Extol
- Mund - Vocals
- Zhajiin - Guitar, Bass
- Resh - Guitar, Drums
- Heth - Spiritual Leader
Note: This EP and review is brought to you by Rottweiler Records. They sent me this after talking about advertising and in exchange he (Shawn Browning), sent me some of their latest releases. Thanks Shawn "Alpha Dog" Browning! And thank you for reading!
The Bearded Dragon