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Nidinger: Wolf Father
Black Metal, Death Metal
Vendlus Records
January 18th, 2011
Release length: 22:44
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Nidingr formed back in 1996, but didn’t release the debut full-length recording Sorrow Infinite and Darkness until 2005, about nine years later. It didn’t get the greatest reviews amongst the critics, but mostly was still a release that was worth giving a chance. Now, about six years later, Nidingr returns to US shelves with Wolf Father, the first release from the band in five years. The album actually winds up being just long enough that it falls out of the EP category, being six tracks and only a little over twenty two minutes in length. But, does this combination of Black and Death Metal on this recording really live up to such a long gap between releases?

Wolf Father is a pretty strong release, and that’s not surprising considering some of the band members and their lineage, which includes Teloch on guitar and bass duty, notable for his time in 1349 and Gorgoroth, Hellhammer on drums, known for his time with Immortal and Mayhem to name a few, and finally Blargh on guitar and bass, knownf or his time in Dodheimsgard. This suprgroup of musicians, including newer vocalist Cpt. Estrella Grass, embark on a well done Black/Death Metal effort that, thankfully, doesn’t sound like Behemoth worship. The material on here still retains the cold, desolate atmosphere that many of the bands they are involved in have going for them in the atmospheric department, which greatly helps the release stand out. And, while the material here is a combination of Black and Death Metal, the band is focused enough to weave a much stronger Black Metal presence into the effort, only adding some Death Metal during some bridges, chorus, and some drumming to really push the effort along in a manner that best suits the members.

There’s nothing wrong with the release, other then the vocals feel a little out of place, and it shows right from the start with “Fafnismol”. The approach here is a mixture between a harsh shouting approach, and a somewhat restrained version of it. While it’s not the worst vocal approach to the recording, they are a bit too clean for the recording and wind up lacking any commanding performance behind it. There is some energy behind them though, and you can tell the vocalist was enjoying what he was doing, such as during “Fafnismol” and “Voluspo”, but that doesn’t quite do it for the recording, leaving a little more to be desired in the long run. Other then that, the music is well composed and performed, capturing the combination of Black and Death Metal nicely many times through the release, but there are moments where you’ll wish that it just had more of a bite. The production quality here feels a little more style then it should be, taking on more of a Symphonic Black Metal approach then anything, and with the lack of a command vocal approach, it unfortunately causes the music to suffer, which could have been fixed with a little more distortion to make the music heavier to complete the grim atmosphere these songs carry.

Musically, the effort is just solid, well done Metal. There’s nothing on here that will turn the listener away, and while the release is very short, you’ll find that it makes for a great album for whatever mood you are in, such as for a casual spin, or whether you just want to hear something well done. The bass on the release does manage to add a somewhat punishing vibe to some of the tracks, especially during “Fafnismol” when the song slows down a little more then the rest of the track. The only problem is that there’s not a lot of energy musically. While the vocals clearly have some great energy behind them, the only song that really feels like there was some strong energy pushing it along si “Baldrs Draumar”, thanks to the complexity and speed of the song.

While paying full price just for six songs and a little more then twenty two minutes of Metal may seem rough, it’s still worth it. Well worth it, infact. Wolf Father is a well composed release, lacking any sort of filler of any kind. If you are looking for something a little more Blacker then what bands like Behemoth have to offer, then this stylish-sounding Black Death assault named Wolf Father by Nidingr is well worth the time to check out, even with the few faults that seem to restrain the music a bit more then it should have been.

01. Fafnismol – 4:10
02. Baldrs Draumar – 5:49
03. Reginsmol – 3;32
04. Voluspo – 3:54
05. Hymiskvitha – 2:43
06. Lokasenna – 2:36
Overall Score: 8/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Vendlus Records.