SolaceCD049 (2)/DTB480/BHOL57 –
Niedfyr/Necro Forest/1389 “Hyperborean Battlefields”
Niedfyr represent a forgotten type of
American black metal sound. This is the first project of Heathen
Black Metal from Wodanswolf, prior to the immensely successful
Swerdthegan with Koppany (Hadak Ura) on drums. Featuring all the
might and muster one could expect from a midwestern US black metal
project what is found here is familiar yet unique at the same time.
Following up on their successful seven inch split with Sudwind, these
two tracks flesh out and define the style of this new project.
Necro Forest from Croatia play a type
of Raw Slavic Black Metal common to the Balkans, with a Heathen
twist. Featuring a full line up with members of Czarnobog, and other
Sebrian death/thrash metal bands, the textured chemistry of this
music showcases mixing in elements from early Evil, Satanic Warmaster
and Ildjarn and further fleshes out this bands Heathen Ideology.
The music of 1389 suffers from a
tragedy in perception, mostly due to the extreme disorganization
within his discography and many of his releases having covers adorned
with explicit symbols when the songs are about Horror, Winter and
Folklore. Stara šuma in English means Old Forest, and the first
version of this track was on the split with Heretical Warlust. In his
first piece of new music in several years, Vožd Jovan Pogani has
gone back in and re-recorded this early 1389 song with new equipment.
This track, would work in conjunction with the Zima to present forth
the actual face of the band that is consistently overshadowed by a
handful of tracks that have just been recycled for years.