Under the title "Nucleus" soon the new studio epos of TIDFALL will see the light of day. But the CD cannot fully enthuse me. Sure, the Black/Death Metal of the combo has its moment, especially when they let loose and go in for the kill, without any superfluous frills. But the band often loses itself in half way complex ideas, which are most probably supposed to give the songs an own touch, but in the end are rather tiring. And the synthesizer games also are not really the ultimate conviction, less often is more.
Melodic, atmospheric extreme Metal is not really a rarity, but the lack in originality is not even the problem. But the band is (yet) completely missing the spark that turns a harmless straw fire into a scouring wildfire. Fans of NIGHTFALL, SEPTIC FLESH and consorts, who also can take a shot of ULVER during "Themes From William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell" should still risk an ear. (Online August 19, 2003)