As far as Norwegian black metal bands are concerned,
1349 has probably been the most active in recent years, they have released 6 full length albums in the last 7 years,
Demonoir being their most recent album.
And if you had the misfortune of listening to the Ambient catastrophe that was their last release,
Revelations of the Black Flame, you may be somewhat hesitant to delve into their newest album. However, after listening to most of the new album, I'm convinced that the band has took a step back towards their raw, black metal sound that had made them so popular among black metal fans, myself included.
The album starts off with a bland, ambient intro track, the exact same crap that was on the entire
Revelations of the Black Flame album. But it gets better, after a short and boring intro, the album kicks into the first real song on the album,
Atomic Chapel, which features some great guitar work and even a solo or two can be heard, which is rare for a band that started out as raw and primitive as they did. The drumming is as fast and furious as one would expect from a band that has the likes of the legendary
Frost******************** on drums. after their excellent first real song, the album kicks back into another boring, almost
Drone-ish sound track, the "Tunnel of set" tracks end up plaguing every other real song on this album, and are sort of a nuisance amongst this otherwise great album.
The vocals on
Demonoir are for the most part, just the way the were on
1349's early works such as
Hellfire. However, there are some instances where they change to almost an eerie spoken word type, which is reminiscent of
Mayhem's more recent releases(Ordo ad Chao), which personally, i thought were god awful, and not in the good way either.
And as with any good black metal album, there's hardly any Bass line in any of these tracks, and if there is, it's well hidden amongst the constant clanging and clashing of
Frost********************'s inhuman drum set.
Demonoir may not be at the same musical level that
Liberation was, it's still hundreds of times better than
Revelations of the Black Flame, and is a step back towards their glory days. This album isn't entirely perfect, but minus the annoying ambient/drone tracks it's a very good album.