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Khold: Til Endes
Black Metal
Peaceville Records
October 29th, 2014
Release length: 32:46
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Oslo, Norway’s Khold have proven themselves to be one of the strongest, as well as sturdiest entities in the Black Metal underground to date. With the exception of their bass player, which has changed hands a few times before current member Crowbel took the reigns, the group has ly remained Sarke on drums, Rinn on guitar, and Gard handling vocals and guitars. According to Metal-Archives there’s also a fifth member, Hildr, who happens to be the main lyric writer for the band, as well as Gard’s wife. Despite those few line-up alterations to one instrument, the past fourteen years have seen very few major difficulties for the group, as well as a steady number of full-lengths following an originally unreleased demo sent only to labels. Since their 2001 debut (Masterpiss of Pain) to their most recent (2008’s Hundre år gammal), Khold have turned out one album after another to positive reaction by fans and critics alike. However, this is still one of the grossly overlooked acts within the field. But, after a good six years of silence, Khold return with their sixth full-length effort, Til Endes. Will this be the recording to really put the band over the top in the style, or will this be one glossed over for more reasons other than mild obscurity?

Right away, it’s pretty obvious Til Endes isn’t that cold a release, but the crisp audio values far from revoke a lot of the bite behind the music, nor does it take away from any one instrument’s presence. This is established right away with “Myr”, which sets the general tone of the album up right away. The slower pace finds thick guitars with more of a blunt edge than a sharper one, allowing the twang of the bass guitar to come through quite often against loud, crisp drums and a raspy vocal presence that perfectly matches the laid back attitude of the performance itself, gaining some enthusiasm when the chorus kicks up to a mid-tempo groove that makes it hard to not get pulled in a little further.

“Til Endes” allows the bass to come through a lot more than the others on the recording, which can be pointed to the traditional Norse foundation of Black Metal that is put right to work. The riffs themselves sound thinner, allowing it and the drums to really fill things up, as well as allow a little extra range in the vocals. Like “Myr”, the song itself is ly laid back, though the crushing Doom Metal heavy break just past the three minute mark adds a little tension that didn’t quite need to exist, but you won’t mind that it does. Then there’s “Dommens Arme”, which is one of the few tracks present that carries any sort of chill for a majority of the track, set up thanks to the slower start’s air of commanding dominance. When the speed picks up not long after, the leads take on a much sharper hostility, rarely breaking the increase other than the build to the guitar solo. It’s an intense cut overall with copious amounts of energy, making its under three-and-a-half minutes feel as though it were only two.

Aside the speed within “Dommens Arme”, “Skogens Uye” finds some faster guitars at work in the main verses that really amps up the energy, making the grooves and simple drum pattern behind it all the more infectious. The chorus and bridges, however, just sound about as fast thanks to how rich the music itself ends up thanks to the the additional fills from the drum kit before the brief slower commanding guitar solo kicks in, bracing you for some quicker two-stepping and riffs that carry a Speed Metal influence. “Det Dunkle Dyp” has some more aggressive passages as well, though it’s the subtle melodies behind the main verses and mid-tempo passages that will lure you back for another round.

Like its predecessors, Tel Endes winds up a blend of solid Black Metal from Norway, as well as traditional Khold musicianship. This one does find the band a bit more toned down than normal, but in no way is that a bad thing. Infectious riffs and grooves litter the album with just enough energy to pull you in, while some tracks can tone things down to a relaxing enough state that leaves you at ease for the faster, hostile passages to hit you harder than they normally would have. No, there’s nothing all that unique or new which stands out, nor does Tel Endes really take any sort of risk. Instead what you get is just one great performance after another that won’t really heighten the band’s level of success, but ends up one notch above playing it safe, delighting both Khold fans of old and new alike in a way that won’t grow old right away, as well as suits any mood you may happen to be in.


01. Myr – 4:15
02. Skogens Uye – 4:16
03. Ravnestrupe – 4:25
04. Dommens Arme – 3:23
05. Til Endes – 3:48
06. Det Dunkle Dyp – 4:30
07. Avund – 3:29
08. Hengitt – 4:41
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Peaceville Records
via Fresno Media.