Taake are a band from Norway that has been around since the 90's and also has had an album reviewed before in this zine continue their Norwegian style of black metal from previous recordings while also taking their music into different areas and this is a review of their 2015 album "Stridens Hus" which will be released in February by Candlelight Records.
A very dark and melodic black metal sound starts off the album along with some old school riffing that can be very raw and times while also mixing in solos and leads and when vocals are added onto the recording they are grim and high pitched screams while also adding in angry and hateful shouts at times.
Clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as bringing in small amounts of blast beats and some of the tracks also bring in element s of punk and black'n'roll.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some of the songs also bring in a small amount of viking chanting and clean singing along with the music being very progressive and dark at times while some of the later songs also add in a few seconds of spoken word parts while the music never loses focus on a raw Norwegian black metal sound.
Taake creates another grim and raw Norwegian style black metal album that also goes into different directions but also avoids the mainstream trappings a lot of their countrymen have been falling into for the last 10 or more years, the productions sound s very dark and raw while also powerful at the same time and the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover darkness. death, autumn, winter, hell, pain and Satanism.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Taake and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Orm" "Stank" and "Vinger". 8 out of 10.