Pagan/black/doom metal act Ereb Altor is a band that I have a ton of respect for. Simply stated, they kick ass. Formed in 2003 from the ashes of doom metal band Forlorn, who have since changed their name to Isole, the band’s sound has been all over the place from their viking metal roots to their more traditional doom/pagan metal sound and now to a more black metal sound that we hear today in their most recent release Nattramn. Speaking of the band’s early sound, they were so heavily rooted in the old Bathory sound that they have since recorded a Bathory tribute album.
With Nattramn’s release, the band has proved that their intent for the near future is to continue on this dark path of viking metal infused with black metal. Their fifth studio release is a darker journey into their eternal path of darkness. The splashes of keys into the sound is used more, but add such a layer of depth that the band has not previously put on display.
Nattramn opens with a brief introduction with “The Son of Vindsvair” leading inkto “Midsommarblot,” which shows the pagan metal side of the band. This hypnotic track sets the stage nicely for the rest of the album and the fluctuations that it will go through. Straight after one of the more melodic tracks on the album comes the title track, “Nattramn,” which shows that the band has not lost their appreciation for black metal. This is the heaviest track on the album.
“The Dance of the Elves” is another melodic track which really shows how the band can meld various tones into the same track and make it sound like it all belongs together. “Dark Waters” is simply evil personified and is one of the more evil songs that this exceptional band has ever written.
At the end of the day, Ereb Altor continues to impress and mature into a band to be reckoned with.
Ereb Altor – Nattramn Tracklisting
1. The Son of Vindsvalr
4. The Dance of the Elves
5. Dark Waters
6. Across the Giants Blood
7. The Nemesis of Frej
Ereb Altor Line-up
Mikael – Bass, Vocals (backing)
Mats – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Ragnar – Vocals, Guitars
Tord – Drums, Keyboards