Whihe majority of the Metal scene is doing somersaults upon hearing the name of Swedish NAGLFAR, German NAGELFAR (with “E“) only managed to create a stir in the underground. But especially “Hünengrab Im Herbst" should appeal to every Heathen Metalhead.
The piece is on the one side raw and brutal like a kick in the arse with steel capped shoes, on the other hand very catchy and at times very melodic, meaning that the songs have an immense memorability. Sometimes the guys lash out like madmen, but without going hyperblast on us, then include a small, epic breather, just to go all the way again right after. Sure, the whole thing sounds pretty primitive and then? The German definitely can’t compete with their Swedish counterparts, when it comes down to the musicianship, but who really cares?
If you just look at the atmospheres, the guys definitely have it going! Keyboards do not play a small role in the album’s sound, but they use this instrument pretty darn harsh. No CRADLE OF BORGIR here!!! Only the wilful, very natural spoken vocal style does not really convince, but when he really lets loose, he sounds really cool (the spoken stuff is only used here and there). Other than that? Fat Andy Classen production, strong artwork, a must have! (Online November 8, 2005)