VREID will probably be forever remembered as the band that rose out of the ashes of WINDIR after the tragic death of mastermind Valfar. In fact, it only took seventeen words for WINDIR to be mentioned in this review. Despite this, VREID has established its own identity in perhaps the best way possible: by creating some engaging and interesting music, managing to be familiar without becoming derivative. The listener will assuredly contort his or her face into an involuntary grimace (pun intended) during the title track’s punishing blast beasts and chainsaw guitars. In contrast, the same song (the album’s longest) contains some extended orchestral passages, adding to the album’s range and increasing the comparative intensity of the heavier sections.
There is an epic scope to “I Krig” that is instantly appreciated. VREID is wisely not obsessed with shoving as many brutal notes into the smallest space possible, instead they sometimes let the guitars hang in the air, adding to the impact and power of the music. Clean vocals make a welcome appearance in “Fangegard,” harkening back to Valfar’s vocal stylings in WINDIR’s catchier moments. “Millom Hav Og Fjell” begins with a mesmerizing Viking Metal-like chant, further connecting VREID to its members’ former band. Even with these connections, VREID always remains its own entity, one that has enough power to create an album that is entertaining from beginning to end. Highly recommended for Black Metal fans.
(Online October 16, 2007)