Russia's Old Wainds have returned with their first new recording in 6 years which shows the band which shows the band remaining true to their raw and old school black metal sound and adding in a touch of death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Nordraum" which was released by Negative Existence.
Dark sound effects start off the album before going into a more fast and raw Nordic black metal direction along with some blast beats and a good amount of grim screams and after awhile the band starts bringing in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and on the later tracks melodies start finding their way into the bands musical style.
Death metal elements can be found in certain sections of the recording while the band focus's mostly on a raw mid 90's Nordic style of black metal which utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and the sound effects which where used for a few seconds on the first song also make brief returns in certain sections of the recording as well as adding a small amount of nature sounds in the bands raw black metal style.
In certain sections of the recording you can hear the bass guitars and they enhance the fast and raw aggression this band brings out with their musical style and they also bring in a brief ambient drone style instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the following tracks and the album also has a few long and epic tracks which really makes the music stand out.
Old Wainds remain true to their raw Nordic style old school black metal with this album and while there is not much on this recording that has been done in the past the band still create some great quality black metal, the productions has a very heavy, powerful, raw and old school black metal sound while the lyrics cover Slavic Paganism and Nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Old Wainds and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Insane Steller Race" "Inquiring Of Secrecies" and "Stoneweaver". 8 out of 10.