(8/10) Norwegian black metal at it's best. That's what you get from Iskald. Iskald is cool. The band is from Bodo in Norway and released already three albums. The new one is called "Nedom og nord" and will be released in January 2014 via Indie Recordings. Like on the earlier records the band wrote songs which all have a high level. Larsen and Krekling knows how to create impressing black metal hymns. The good thing with Iskald is, that they not only stick to pure black metal elements in their songs. The band openes up the black metal structure by integrating also thrash elements. This gives also the new album variation which sticks out.
The new album called "Nedom og nord" contains only 6 songs, they are all great and they give you 48 minutes of high quality black metal. That also means that each song is pretty long. All of the tracks are between 7 and 10 minutes. You could think that this might lead to some boring parts. But not in the case of Iskald. With well placed breaks and a great riffing they manage to keep the tension even in the songs like the more than 10 minutes long title track "Nedom og nord". The song starts and ends with a quite melodical riff. After a while the double bass takes over. Half way the song drifts a bit into thrash metal. Also the epical "The silence" is with its 9 minutes an example of entaining and manifold black metal. „Iskald“ is a more straight forward track. The atmosphere is dark and cold. Since Bodo is far in the north of Norway I could imagine that this song is the perfect soundtrack for the dark winter period up there. These are just three examples. The other tracks keep the quality level.
Iskald presents one of the first black metal highlights in 2014.
- A fading horizon
- The silence
- Nedom og nord
Label: Indie Recordings
Genre: Black Metal