I’ve been a fan of Vintersorg works for such a long time… I don’t remind the date exactly, but I believe since the times of Otyg’s Älvefärd release in 1998 and Vintersorg’s Till Fjälls in the same year. I admit that his works never disappointed me, sure, there were some that I liked more and others that I liked a little less, but I haven’t heard one single release that disappointed me at all. I was looking forward to Naturbål and I have to say, I’m very glad that Andreas Hedlund didn’t let me down one more time. I loved it!
All sung in Swedish, I just adore how the idiom sounds, Vintersorg shows how he is considered, by many and this mortal person that writes these humble reviews on this website, one of the best vocalists of our times. He completely dominates the various vocal styles that are feature on Naturbål, all so well done, so freaking amazing! The album feels so diverse, so organic and pure, it’s just stunning. There’s so much going on that you have to pain attention to feel how great this album is. It should please both Folk and Black Metal fans because he indeed knows how to blend both styles well.
The chorus of Naturbål is another aspect that caught my attention. They are catchy and exciting, giving that epic feel to the album. The guitar work is vibrant, grandiose riffs are heard through the whole album. Naturbål really is gorgeous, elegant and exquisite. The orchestrations, keyboards and acoustic guitars complete the richness of this release. It is aggressive and melodic at the same time. Well-balanced, beautifully executed and highly creative, Naturbål is, in my modest view, one of the best releases of 2014.
This is an intriguing, passionate and fantastic album from one real artist and a great human being that completely deserves our support and that’s what I ask of you, to support this band the way that you are able to. I found no flaws on Naturbål, maybe that I don’t really enjoy the female vocals; they are not bad at all, but not just to my taste, but, as for the rest, a masterpiece. So, check the album and support the band, that’s what I, one more time, ask of you. Vintersorg deserves this.
Until next time!
Album: Naturbål (2014)
Label: Napalm Records
1. Ur aska och sot
2. Överallt och ingenstans
3. En blixt från klar himmel
4. Lågornas rov
5. Rymdens brinnande öar
6. Natten visste vad skymningen såg
9. Själ i flamma
Vintersorg – Vocals, Guitars (rhythm, lead, acoustic), Keyboards, Effects, Programming
Mattias Marklund – Guitars (rhythm), Guitars (lead)
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All photos belong to their rightful owners.August 18, 2014