Svadilfare are a 1 man band from Norway that plays a very atmospheric form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of his 2013 album "Makt Til Usklyd" which was released by Naturmacht Productions.
"Flertall I Binde" begins with some soft acoustic guitars which utilize finger picking along with some background synths and after a few seconds melodic chants become a part of the song briefly before going into some grim sounding black metal screams, primitive guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and after awhile the guitar riffing starts utilizing some dark sounding melodies and the song is in a mid paced direction.
"Makt Til Usklyd" begins with some clean but distorted guitar riffs before adding in some drums, heavier guitar riffs along with some grim depressive screams and a minute later there is a brief us e of melodic clean singing vocals along with some powerful bass playing which leads up to some melodic guitar solos and leads being utilized for awhile and towards the end there is a brief use of classical guitars being utilized.
'Tordenskrall" begins with some high pitched screams, mid paced, primitive guitar and bass riffs along with some drums which do speed up at times and then th e melodic pagan vocals start coming in for a few seconds and towards the end the riffing and drums going into a more fast and primitive direction along with some blast beats.
"Fem Feite Faar" begins with some grim, depressive black metal vocals, slow primitive guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and after a couple of minutes the vocals get demonic for a few seconds.
'Naiv" begins with some fast and primitive black metal guitar riffs, blast beats and tortured yet grim screams which also leads to the guitar riffing adding some melody to the more raw elements and then t he song slows down for awhile before adding in some thrash influences which leads to the music going back to its faster roots before adding in some melodic vocals an d towards the end the music goes for a more slow and melodic direction.
"Svik" begins with some screams, melodic guitar riffs and drums and after a few seconds melodic vocals make their way into the song and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar leads being added in before the guitars stop and the song goes more into pagan chanting.
"Fossefall" begins with some clean guitar playing and drums and after a few seconds bass guitars start kicking in before going into a more heavy and melodic direction as well as adding in some primitive fast guitar riffs and blast beats for a few seconds before returning to the cleaner sections and adding in some guitar leads and then the music starts getting heavy again but also keeping around the guitar leads and there are no vocals present with the song being all instrumental.
"Blodtarter" begins with some fast, heavy and primitive guitar riffs, drums and high pitched screams before slowing and going into a grimmer direction and after a minute acoustic guitars and melodic vocals make their way into the song which leads to the music going back to its heavy and primitive roots along with some of the faster elements.
Song lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover Norse Mythology and Anti Christian themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Svadilfare are a very great sounding atmospheric pagan/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Flertall I Binde" "Fem Feite Faar" and "Blodtarter> RECOMMENDED BUY.