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Trelldom: Til Minne...

Trelldom is the side project of Gorgoroth vocalist Gaahl, and he's unearthing this band for the first time in nearly a decade on this latest release Til Minne... on Regain Records, one of the most popular labels for black metal these days. Joining Gaahl here are Valgard (guitars), Sir (bass), and Are (drums), and together this four-piece have created cold, chilling, and brutal Norwegian black metal that harkens back to the early 90's scene when bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, Immortal, and Gorgoroth kick started the scene. Gaahl's vocals are just as tortured and evil sounding as his performances are on the Gorgoroth releases, although he does throw in some spoken word narration on occasion here and there on this one. Musically speaking, this is raw and brutal from start to finish, with relentless blast beats from Are, and Valgard's guitar work hitting all the marks you would expect from a recording of this nature. Many of the riffs and arrangements tend to be somewhat repetitive and simplistic in a sort of Dark Funeral way, and coupled with the raw and trebly production makes the whole album sound like it was recorded in 1994 or so. Gaahl screams all the lyrics in the native tongue of Norway, and quite honestly it probably was a good choice as it adds to the aura that these songs were meant to create. Highlights? Check out the rampaging "Vinternatt", the epic 11 minute saga of "Steg", the harsh sounds of "Fra Mitt Gamle...", or the ferocious old school black metal that is the title track. On a whole the CD's a tad short, especially since the last piece "Eg Reiste i Minnet... " is a near 5-minute violin solo that ends with some menacing groans, essentially giving you just over 30 minutes of solid black metal music overall. Regardless, this is quality stuff here, and let's hope that Gaahl and the boys don't wait another 9 years to pump out another record, and that the spare time off the singer has from Gorgoroth allows them to visit us again in the not-too-distant future.


Track Listing
1. Til Minne...
2. Bortkomne Svar
3. Fra Mitt Gamle...
4. By My Will
5. Vinternatt
6. From This Past
7. Steg
8. Eg Reiste i Minnet...

Added: August 7th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Trelldom Website
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Language: english

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