Vredehammer are a band from Norway that was actually featured in this blog in the very early days and plays an aggressive form of black metal with elements of death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Violator" which will be released in March by Indie Recordings.
A very heavy guitar sound starts off the album along with some riffs before adding in more of a modern and technical black/death metal sound as well as some growling vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds more of a raw black metal style can be heard.
Blast beats can be heard in the faster sections of the music and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the guitar solos and leads are very melodic and some of the riffs also bring in a touch of thrash which also makes the songs have more of a catchy feeling and as the album progresses atmospheric sounds can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a small amount of spoken word parts while the last couple of tracks also adds in a brief use of clean guitars.
Vredehammer creates a recording that sees the band moving away from it's Norwegian black metal influence of previous recordings and going for more of a modern and melodic blackened death metal direction, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are based on the writings of Stephen King.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding recording from Vredehammer and if you are a fan of blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Light the Fucking Sky" "Deadfall" and "Cyclone". 8 out of 10.