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Blackened Melodic Death Metal: A History Lesson

These bands embody all the best things about metal: catchy riffs and great songwriting, effective use of melody to create a narrative structure, vocals soaked in reverb, and all the brutality one needs without resorting to cheesiness or self-parody.

These bands embody all the best things about metal: catchy riffs and great songwriting, effective use of melody to create a narrative structure, vocals soaked in reverb, and all the brutality one needs without resorting to cheesiness or self-parody.

Naglfar
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Yes, yes I know people like to talk about how “awful” they thought Sheol was. Though I’m not sure exactly what all the fuss was about, I am sure that their first album, Vittra, is an unrecognized metal masterpiece. Naglfar shines with more gloss than the above bands, which is why they’re sometimes more associated with the In Flames’ and Dark Tranquilities of the world. Indeed, while the guitars are very much in the blackened-melodeath style, the vocals are closer to straightforward Gothenburg approach. It may seem like I’m splitting hairs here, but any focused listen to the two styles will notice the type of picture painted by each. One has a distinctly brighter, late-thrash sheen to it, while the other bears a foreboding echo borne within the walls of Helvete. Both styles merit dedicated listening, and Naglfar is the perfect bridge between the two.

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