Nifrost are a band from Norway that plays an atmospheric form of viking/pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Motvind" which was released by Naturmacht Productions.
Acoustic guitars start off the album along with some clean singing pagan vocals a few seconds later and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a heavier direction which also shows melodic guitar leads also becoming a very huge part of the recording as well as a great amount of grim black metal screams.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses elements of thrash can be heard in the music at times.
Nifrost plays a style of pagan/viking black metal that can be very raw at times in the Norwegian tradition while also having its epic, melodic and atmospheric moments, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover Norse Mythology and Paganism.
In my opinion Nifrost are a very great sounding viking/pagan black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Byrdesong" "Dei Ville Med Vald" "Ve" and "Motvind". 8 out of 10.