New band, old wolf.
Ehlder is formed by Villehard (Drums) and Graavehlder (vocals and everything else.). Maybe the latter guy isn’t ringing any bells but he’s Graav (the guy behind LIK and the defunct Armagedda (the other part of the duo, Andreas Petterson, is the owner of Nordvis).
This is just Graav’s new band, so the veteran is getting a new and more primitive approach on his Black Metal. Forget the atmospheric Black Metal that the label is known for. This is very coarse in comparison. The repetitive, hypnotic and strident riffs are there, but with a high level of irritability, crudeness and trueness.
Although the songs have the same MO of iteration, variations can be perceived, but as one can tell one song for another, between this scheme, the riffs are quite the same, which for me (at least in the idea) repeats the old days of a band like Enslaved (pre-prog days, of course). There’s nothing prog in songs like Stridskall and Ändlös.
What’s is admirable though is that, while the instrumentation and capture of them are quite philistine, the quality of mix makes them no ordinary low-fi, bedroom project. The choice to sound intensively raw is no synonym of inaudible Black Metal. It’s quite the opposite: this album is extremely addictive for those who seek no sophistication and are whiling to spent almost 53 minutes in the world of the real Black Metal Empire with (absolutely) no frills.
Notwithstanding, the most extreme track is no metal whatsoever: Varerytm I Varganord has a tribal unremitting drumming and nothing else. Atavistic as fuck.
The musical dearth is no equivalent to bad music. Wherein one sees no qualities, the radical black metaller is going to realize a master stroke.
Nordabetraktelse is out now on Nordvis.