Oct 7, 2018

Vreid (2018) Lifehunger 'Review'

Band: Vreid
Country of Origin: Norway
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Ltd. Ed. Digipak
Length Approx.: 40:00 min.
Release Date09-28-2018
Release Label: Season of Mist

IR Classification: Moderate (2.8 / 5)

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Too many ideas connected inappropriately, deceptive and volatile.

After Windir was disbanded due to the tragic end of vocalist and guitarist Valfar in 2004, I sincerely lost track about the other band members, I had to spend almost five years to realize that the former members of Windir had formed another band called Vreid and they already had four albums in their discography, "Milorg" was the album that helped me rediscover them. From that moment I assigned myself to the task of listening to all their previous works and I ended up very satisfied, then came albums like "V" and "Welcome Farewell" which were not disappointing at all and "Sólverv" was aiming at something different but somehow substantial.

Vreid’s eighth album titled “Lifehunger," from the beginning they anticipate you, this will get unusual as never before with a beautiful acoustic intro. "Flower & Blood" gives way to "One Hundred Years" with a sick black metal riff which delves increasingly into the rawness, but all the sudden the acoustic passage appears from nowhere breaking the built harmony. "Lifehunger" with excessive melodies and a black 'n' roll feel that doesn't withdraw the best of them, then comes "The Dead White" is it me or it sounds a lot more... like the track "Melancholia" of the Swedish band Tribulation? I guess it doesn't matter, "Hello Darkness"  just leaves me speechless, it is bland and at worst boring, "Black Rites in the Black Nights" and "Sokrates Must Die" both themes are tremendously inconsequential, with lack of ambition, "Heimatt" clearly represents what we would say hope never dies, I mean if they would have given us this level through all their entire album, we would be even more than grateful.

To sum it up, I like the evolution, as well as enjoying the brutal; However, "Lifehunger" in my opinion lacks of sense, too many ideas connected inappropriately, deceptive and volatile, this album is stepping between "not ready for this yet" and "didn't enjoy it or don't like it", my best guess right now is, it will take me a while to appreciate whatever they did, you are more than welcome to do the same, listen the album a couple of times and let's see how you react to them.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…

Track List:

01. Flowers & Blood │ 02. One Hundred Years │ 03. Lifehunger │ 04. The Dead White │ 05. Hello Darkness │ 06. Black Rites in the Black Nights │ 07. Sokrates Must Die │ 08. Heimatt* (Instrumental)

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