SWEET! Another release from Sweden's NAGLFAR! Fans have been eagerly awaiting this since 1998. While it would have been better to see a full-length release, I am still quite happy with this five-song EP. Included is two brand new NAGLFAR-songs (Objection, your honour! "Emerging From Her Weepings" is taken off "Vittra", their debut! - Alex), one cover song originally by MASSACRE, and two demo-tracks that have been available on past releases such as a 7" and Japanese imports. So, if you spent tons of money trying to get Japanese releases and/or 7" vinyl-releases, then you may be a little pissed when you look at the track list. However, if you were too cheap to track them down (like me), then this release will come as a nice surprise.
On to the "new" tracks. I'll say now that they continue in the NAGLFAR-vein, with a somewhat more polished production. Not MUCH more, but a bit. NAGLFAR have never been known for their crystal clear sound. Jens' Death/Black-shrieks are as strong as ever, even adding some extra range, which was showcased on his side-project DEAD SILENT SLUMBER. And the music is still an aural onslaught of pure Metal ( m/ ), with a little extra emphasis on keyboard/piano-arrangements ("Emerging From Her Weepings"). As well, the cover song simply kills!
On to the demo-tracks. I'm not 100% sure, but I think these were recorded between "Vittra" and "Diabolical", since both songs can be found in their final form on "Diabolical". So you can guess that the style is sort of in between "Vittra" and "Diabolical". The songs are a little more rough than the album versions. Overall, they are different, but not too different. A nice twist on the versions we have all come to know and love.
Bottom Line: Get it! Some good Metal will be found within!