Isvind are a band from Norway that plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 alum "Gud" which will be released in June by Folter Records.
Melodic female vocals and chanting starts which also mix in with the heavier parts later on. off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds alter that leads up to a more heavy and melodic musical direction while the clean parts do make their return at times and after a couple of minutes the music starts mixing in more of a black metal sound along with some grim screams
The bands approach to black metal brings in a bit of the mid 90's raw Norwegian sound at times and the music also brings in a decent amount of blast beats at times and the solos and leads the band uses are in a raw yet melodic direction and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of clean singing male vocals at times and some of the songs bring in a small amount of atmospheric sounds and the whole album is very diverse and shows a Norwegian style of black metal being played with a more updated approach while also having more of an underground approach.
Isvind creates a black metal album that is very heavily rooted in the 90's Norwegian style but mixed in with some modern elements and unlike a lot of other bands from their country the band still remains true to its underground roots, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover grimness, darkness, death and winter themes.
In my opinion Isvind are a very great sounding Norwegian style black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Flommen" "Tonen" "Giften" and "Spiret". 8 out of 10.