Monday, June 3, 2013

Nidingr: "Greatest of Deceivers"

Nidingr (Norway): “Greatest of Deceivers”
When Nidingr is on the mode of blasting black metal, they sound tight, perfect for headbanging. When they want, they sound unstoppable, and it would be just fine if they kept the foot on the pedal for the whole album.
That’s not what Nidingr does, though. Instead, to their blasting black metal, they add the dry, semi-slow dissonant/postmetal notes.
For those sections, the band requires more from the listener, more patience, and more understanding.
For me, the dry/dissonant/postmetal segments have proven to be difficult to get into. I have listened to this album a lot, actually, and I still enjoy the black metal/tremolo parts, but the semi-slow parts sound off-putting, since I don’t find much to grip.
Is it possible that such notes are more interesting to the people playing the guitar because the sounds are different, but the rest of us (or at least, most of us) we have to have hooks, licks, riffs, rhythms or melodies. Otherwise, why do we listen to music? Or maybe those parts are more appealing to other musicians?
By the way, I don’t have a huge problem with the vocals, but in this case, they need to be mentioned. They are along the lines of “shouted/punk black metal,” and not “grim.”
OK, how’s this, you go listen to this, and you can tell me if you liked it! It’s just my own opinion, who knows, maybe you will love the dry/dissonant/postmetal notes?

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