Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Indie Recordings, 2018)

Karakter: 4/6

Iskald Innhøstinga.jpgTruth be told, I have found previous albums and releases by Iskald to be slightly disappointing in the sense that they always had so much potential and cool ideas to them, but somehow they never really reached those stratospheric and impressive heights that they could have. Luckily, this upcoming 2018 opus of theirs entitled "Innhøstinga" is a more focused, disciplined, and musically diverse offering than those that preceded it. Iskald's particular brand of black metal is utterly cold and harsh, but not in any primitive or lo-fi sense. Rather, the riffs are sinister and the atmosphere of the record conjures up visions of bleak, barren, and inhospitable vastlands where raging storms and icy winds rule. The album is somewhat epic in scope, but plenty of face-melting thrash metal elements also sneak into the picture and provide the tunes with variation and bone-crunching aggression. However, the ensemble are at their absolute best when they let loose and head into majestic and (fast-paced) tremolo-picked territories. Also, the many mid-tempo parts and even slow passages that appear from time to time add color and nuance to the songs, and the melancholy vibe of the melodies is both appealing and intense. The vocals are slightly one-dimensional and a little more variety and depth would have done wonders for them, but they do get the job done. The musicianship is solid and the production is definitely suitable for Iskald's sound and musical identity, so no complaints there whatsoever. The highlights of the album and the ones that truly deserve praise are "Lysene Som Forsvant", "No Amen", and opening track "The Atrocious Horror" due to their many surprising twists and turns as well as their memorable riffs and strong melodies. There are nods and parallels to bands such as Taake, Kampfar, Gorgoroth, and early Keep of Kalessin in terms of style and mood, but not in any derivative sense of the word.

"Innhøstinga" is neither a must-have nor all-out stellar as such, but it is a dark and brooding record that is consistent and confident all the way through and it will serve as a good soundtrack to autumn and winter this year. You need to devote some time to this one and allow it to grow on you so that all the pieces of the puzzle can fall into place, but it is certainly worth your time doing just that.

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11.09.2018: DERDIAN - DNA
11.09.2018: DYING FETUS - Wrong One to Fuck With
09.09.2018: SLAAMASKIN - M
08.09.2018: VEISLAKT - Sandnes Undergrunn Circus & Kabaret
05.09.2018: MATT RICHARDS & MARK LANGTHORNE - Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
04.09.2018: UNKNOWING - Beyond The Eyes Of Deceit
01.09.2018: DEPRAVITY - Evil Upheaval
01.09.2018: POLDUR'S GATE - Directions
31.08.2018: JON&GJERRY - Equals and Friends
30.08.2018: BEFOULED - Refuse to Rot
29.08.2018: BILL KOPP - Reinventing Pink Floyd – From Syd Barrett to the Dark Side of the Moon
28.08.2018: OMNIUM GATHERUM - The Burning Cold
26.08.2018: RAVEN THRONE - I Miortvym Snicca Zolak
25.08.2018: MADDER MORTEM - Marrow
21.08.2018: ISKALD - Innhøstinga
18.08.2018: EVERSIN - Amageddon Genesi
16.08.2018: SPURV - Myra
15.08.2018: Sylvain Sylvain with Dave Thompson - There's No Bones in Ice Cream: Sylvain Sylvain's Story of the New York Dolls
14.08.2018: ALKALOID - Liquid Anatomy