Vinteren Inn Svartfjellet... / Dødssted...
(Morbid Chapel Records)
VINTLECHKEIT from Norway are pretty active in the underground since 2017 and have released more than a dozen of demos so far. Two of them have been compiled here. “Vinteren Inn Svartfjellet…” was a two-track demo from late 2019 and the title track shows a mixture of old and harsh Norwegian Black Metal. The difference is made in the extra long tracks. The title track is more than sixteen minutes long. The trademarks of bands like IMMORTAL and SATYRICON are given. As the members seem to be very young, their creative output is very high and time seems to be available to write and record material and this explains the high amount of recorded demos. The harsh parts get varied by ambient nearly folky parts honoring the cold nature. There are some really good ideas and melodies in the track but it could definitely have been cutted shorter to make it more accessible. But somehow I like like the material as it reminds me of the time I was in their age discovering this new and unholy thing called Black Metal. ‘Et Kor Under Det Svarte Fjellet…’ is the second track of this recording session and starts very calm but already menacing and shows their more ambient approach. This track sounds more like taken from the soundtrack of Game Of Thrones but definitely proves that the guys have proper songwriting skills. ‘Norgeskuggar’ is taken from a split release of 2020 and definitely is rawer then the first tracks and has a certain DARKTHRONE vibe but apart from the raw production and approach, the band takes care that at least a good melody line gets incorporated into the track. The last two tracks ‘Runerkrafter’ and ‘Dødssted…’ are taken from the same titled demo from 2019. ‘Runerkrafter’ starts with some wind and follows their ambient approach creating a dark atmosphere with distorted voices before ‘Dødssted…’ again is an extra long track and offers again a pretty raw side of Black Metal. I personally prefer the direction and style of ‘Norgeskuggar’ but I recommend that the band makes a decision in what kind of direction they want to go and then to follow and develop this direction. Talent is definitely given but after around twenty releases they need a red line. Fans of the old ancient Norwegian Black Metal should check them out anyway via the following sources: www.facebook.com/vintlechkeit-221145368725515, www.facebook.com/morbidchapelrecords