Minneriket are a solo project from Norway that plays an ambient form of black metal and this is a review of his 2015 album "Vargtimen" which was released on cassette by Akslen Black Art Records.
A very dark and atmospheric ambient sound starts off the album and mixes in with the heavier guitars a few seconds later and the music brings in blast beats and at times and after awhile grim screams start becoming a very huge part of the recording and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
When the music speeds up it brings in a more raw and brutal style of black metal and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in some of the riffs at times and some of the songs also bring in a more depressive side of the genre and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks also bring in a small amount of melodic guitar leads and there is also an instrumental track while the remaining songs bring the vocals back in while one song also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Minneriket creates a very diverse style of black metal with his music taking the raw, melodic, depressive and atmospheric sides of the genre and mixing them in with epic structures and a great amount of ambient elements, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Norwegian along with a few song titles being in English and cover Paganism, Existensialism, and Melancholy themes while some tracks also borrow from select parts from the Poetic Edda.
In my opinion Minneriket are a very great sounding ambient black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A folge spor" "Fra Yggdrasill" and "The Ballad Of Ordinary Flowers". 8 out of 10.