VREID was born after the main force behind WINDIR, Valfar, died of hypothermia in 2004. Instead of continuing with the moniker of WINDIR, some members of the band decided to change their name out of respect to Valfar. Then, they recruited their long-time friend Ese on guitar.
The band isn’t trying to follow in the path of WINDIR. Yea, it contains elements of Black Metal, but it’s not simply Black Metal all the way through. It goes through many ups and downs, going from ‘raw’ Black Metal to Thrash to Hard Rock to acoustic stuff to some atmospheric keyboard stuff and the entire CD flows quite nicely.
One thing that caught me off-guard was the production. Normally, I like the drums ominous, the bass booming and the guitars thunderous, but this record has rather…thin (Probably the best word to describe it). The thing is that not only do I not mind it, but the music actually gains a certain “atmosphere” because of it. I’m one of the people that finds that whole “good production can ruin the feel of the music” argument to be full of shit, but the simplicity of the music gives it a certain aura and the production complements it.
I can’t compare VREID too much to WINDIR, as I’ve only heard a couple of songs. The way the mood changes throughout the album, coupled with the great songwriting and catchy riffs make this a very good purchase.
Recommended. (Online November 21, 2005)