Delivering over 55 minutes of superbly catchy Black/Pagan/Viking Metal, today we have France’s Vindland and their debut full-length release “Hanter Savet”. With the current influx of brilliant French bands to the Metal scene, it is not surprising that this band is a good as they are. Perfectly capturing the essence of bands like Kampfar, Windir, Thyrfing, this band has managed to craft nine excellent songs that will have you headbanging from start to end.
Opening with some great intensity, “Orin Kozh” immediately sets the pace for quite a hectic and yet melodic release. The band perfectly weaves back and forth between full-on Metal sections and more subtle Folk-ish influences. The incisive riffing is exactly what makes this release quite melodic and enjoyable, similar to what one would expect from the genre. Tracks like “Treuzwelus”, “Serr-Noz” and “Pedenn Koll” really showcase how the band excels in writing cunning songs that are quite enjoyable and satisfying.
Intense tracks that blend atmosphere and intricate guitar leads such as “Skleur Dallus” are quite effective in this genre and Vindland makes the look easy. This particular track is one of our favorite ones as it combines a very solid atmospheric foundation with melancholic harsh vocals and the perfect pace. Another standout piece is the majestic “Skeud Ar Gwez” and its piercing melodic guitar leads that perfectly combine with the rawness of the vocals.
Closing with the 11-minute epic “And the Battle Ended”, the band leaves on a high note thanks to an intense piece of music that was re-recorded from their earlier stuff. Overall, “Hanter Savet” is one hell of a release that will perfectly satisfy any fan of the genre. So if you like Viking/Pagan infused Black Metal, you need to keep an eye out for Vindland.
|Album: Hanter Savet
Label: Black Lion Productions
Release: March 20th, 2016
Genre: Viking/Pagan/Black Metal