Norway or the rest of Scandinavia for case in point has exported some of the most well known names in Black Metal. There are fans that may even refer to Norway as ‘The Land of Black Metal’. Znafelriff is one such band that has its roots in Norway, having settled in Germany later on. If you are fastidious about the Raw Black Metal of the mid 80s/early 90s stuff like Hellhammer, Bathory, Celtic Frost or the Norwegian spearheads such as Mayhem, Gorgoroth or even the early Immortal, Emperor era for instance, then Znafelriff’s Ruin is a tailor made album just for you.
The band has made some beautiful music that appends to the pure, original style of Black Metal that I haven’t heard in a very long time from the newer bands. While revolving around a traditional method, the band has its soul in the crispy guitars and the raspy vocals that has played a vital commission. The drums have held the zest of what the music has superseded by.
The guitar melodies are admirable. The riffs are down to earth. This has not only added the overall music’s reception but has also stood away from the dry tediousness that a lot of bands end up incorporating in its genre. The lyrics are primarily in German and the vocals are rhythmically pitched in, that goes spontaneously. These make the vocals pulsating and stand apart blissfully. The drums deserve a discreet mention. They have created an ambiance for this record. The blast beats are simple but have multifaceted feel to it that blends in exquisitely with the uncomplicated riffs and concrete vocals.
It’s striking how this band manages to amalgamate the vocals, guitars and the drums, producing an enthused record that holds its ancestry in Scandinavia. It’s not the greatest of Black Metal releases but Znafelriff will be proud of what they have produced. Advocated tracks include Ruin, Graus Land.
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Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Owner/Chief Editor)