VREID - Milorg

Vreid - Milorg

9 songs
54:47 minutes
***** ****


Windir were one of the most amazing Norwegian black metal bands of the late Nineties and the turn of the century. After the tragic demise of their founder Valfar who died of hypothermia on a walk towards his family’s cabin, some band members continued with their new band Cor Scorpii while others founded Vreid who was augmented by an additional guitarist.

Milorg is already the fourth album of Vreid who started in 2004. Milorg stand for “Military Organisation” which was a Norwegian resistance group during World War II. Apart from the fact that it’s refreshing to see a black metal band taking such an open step against Nazism, the material on their new album is also among the most interesting I have come across in a long time. Starting with the nine minute opener Alarm, Vreid begin with a symphonic mellotron intro (their tours with Enslaved must have left their traces) before sirens give the signal for the metal guitars to dominate the song. Vreid like their black metal at its fastest but never forget the frosty atmosphere that marked early Scandinavian black metal, except that today’s production values make for easier accessibility.

Vreid continue this way on the following songs, emphasising mostly their incredible velocity but allowing for enough slower moments to increase the dynamics of their compositions. Only towards the second half, they add again more symphonic elements (organs, mellotrons) without ever having to refer to trademark kitsch sounds that made the more commercial black metal bands (Dimmu Borgir, etc.) famous.

Vreid manage perfectly to combine lightning fast black metal with spine shivering melodies, making Milorg an important addition to every black metal collection. They may not have the dramatic folk attitude of Windir whose gigantic shadow may loom over them for years to come, but Vreid show nonetheless that they are able to emancipate themselves from their previous band and create something absolutely worthwhile in itself!

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