Review: Naðra – Allir vegir til glötunar

Iceland doesn’t have a whole lot going for it these days. Though the economy is recovering, unemployment is still four times higher than it was before the collapse. The country itself is constantly on the verge of exploding. Oh, and that hot coworker you finally hit it off with? There’s a good chance she’ll be showing up at the next family reunion. So now you’re jobless, dating your cousin, and living in continuous anticipation of a fiery cataclysmic death. It’s enough to make you want to walk down to the beach and punch a seal in its stupid happy face.

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Look at this smug motherfucker.

There’s a lot to be mad about, and while that sucks for most people living in Iceland, it’s led to some great black metal acts. Bands like Misþyrming, Svartidauði, and Sinmara have used that anger to fuel their powerful music to enormous effect. It seems like Iceland is trying to stake a claim for the throne of black metal, and I’ll be damned if they’re wrong. With that in mind, I was pretty excited for the release of Allir vegir til glötunar, the debut of a band featuring members of Carpe Noctem, Dysthymia, and Abacination.

Naðra waste no time in grabbing your attention. “Fjallið” opens up with a pained howl amidst a rushing current of blastbeats and a fiery solo. It does a good job setting the tone for what’s to come; the album has a pervasive sense of disillusionment and resentment. Towards what I can’t say for sure (my Icelandic is about on par with Papa Joe’s Japanese), but that’s not important. What really matters here is that the band is able to take that emotion, get you invested in it, and run with it. The vocalist (under the moniker “Ö”) in particular does an excellent job of carrying that feeling forward. While the drums, guitar, and bass are all more than serviceable, it’s the stellar vocal performance that really makes this album. His approach to screaming- part shout, part scream, and part singing- proves to be incredibly versatile, providing melody and atonality in equal measure. It’s a powerful performance to be sure, and it’s the highlight of the album as far as I’m concerned.

However, this album is not without its flaws. The rest of the band doesn’t quite live up to the strength of the vocals. That’s not to say they’re subpar; the vocals and the rest of the music fit each other quite well, in fact. They just don’t stand out quite as much. Furthermore, there are some issues in pacing. Album centerpiece “Falið” can drag on towards the end if you’re not prepared for a solid 15 minute black metal song, and the closer meanders a little bit as well. Those of you with short attention spans need not apply.

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Minor complaints aside, Allir vegir til glötunar is very much worth your time. It’s powerful, it’s emotional, and god dammit, it’s just a good piece of music. Does it push the envelope? Well, not a whole lot. But it’s very good at what it does, and that’s what’s important. Naðra has come out swinging, and I look forward to where they go from here.

3.5/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell

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Allir vegir til glötunar is available now on BandcampNaðra can also be found on Facebook. Give them your money and tell them the Toilet says, “Hello.”

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Published on: January 27, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Listened to this a few times. Really dig it.

    • Spear

      Took me a few listens to really warm up to it, honestly. It’s solid if nothing else.

      • Dubs

        I’m listening for the first time now and digging. Thanks, Spearrow.

  • See, now the vocals are the problem for me. Not the band.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      The more I listen the less they bug me. Never thought of them as powerful, though.

      • It’s still growing on me. I think I over hyped this album before it was releases. All well, still good but there are many other Fallen Empire releases that I think will be much better this year.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Probably too easy to do, because of who was involved. Any “supergroup” always falls flat due to huge expectations.

    • Semi agreed.

  • Dubs
  • Also if you missed KSOFM’s comment on the last post which provided the new LVTHN song, then here it is… Sounds mean!

    https://lvthn.bandcamp.com/track/ascension-into-the-palace-of-the-dark-gods

  • Waynecro

    That was a great review, Spear! I’ve been listening to this album a lot lately and really dig it. Also, that “Look at this smug motherfucker” caption made my day.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Eh, I liked it. But I think it ended up being overhyped inside our little community, perhaps so much to have impossible demands to meet.
    Whatever, I find it falls short on it’s promises, though it is a good album and nothing will take that away.

    • Spear

      Pretty much my feelings exactly.

    • I may share some responsibility for the hype…

  • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

    Im gonna have to give this a thorough listen later on.

    • Do it now.

      • CyberneticOrganism
        • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD
          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            I know wayne will understand but this gif is ridiculous

          • Waynecro

            Ah, yes: the old Arnold Cheat Curl.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Man, theres something to be said for a big motion tho

          • Waynecro

            Some people swear by this shit, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t want my spine to explode out of my abdomen.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Im gonna give it a low weight shot next bicep day

          • Waynecro

            The next thing I’m interested in trying is blood-flow-restriction training.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Do not attempt with penis

          • Waynecro

            Not in the gym, anyway.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            It seems to me that anyone attempting to curl like that are just like people who bounce the bar doin DLs. Crossfitters, basically, regardless of its merits.

          • Waynecro

            Yeah, I try to focus on using proper form instead of flailing around. Of course, if I had definitive proof that throwing an absurd amount of weight around clumsily like that would result in massive gains, I’d give it a try.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            In reality it is a more “natural” movement. Im not familiar with blood-restriction training but i could hazard a guess

          • Waynecro

            I guess the main draw of cheater curls is their enabling the lifter to move more weight than he or should could using a standard curl. But to move that much weight, you have to use additional muscles (particularly muscles in the back). I think I’d rather just focus on isolating the biceps. If I want to do curls with more weight, I’ll increase the weight progressively. That way, I’ll be lifting more weight with proper form. It just doesn’t happen immediately.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            I think proper is a little suggestive though. What i meant by natural is that thats how someone would naturally lift the real world, and perhaps thats how our bodies “think.” Its also why i lift a lot of total body movements (dls, and powercleans)

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            *subjective

          • Waynecro

            I get that. Total-body movements are awesome, and compound lifts tend to have a greater overall effect than do isolated lifts. I feel like my biceps are lagging in comparison with my triceps, so I’m beating the shit out of them every day to make them catch the fuck up, haha. I’m alternating between high-rep and moderate-rep days, shooting for both sarcoplasmic and myofibrillar hypertrophy.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Imo, way too much attention is paid to biceps. Mine are greatly inferior to my tris. Its literally mathematical. Biceps are 1/3 less the muscle group.

          • Waynecro

            They’re definitely a glamour muscle, haha. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t think about them much. But I’ve noticed they’re not growing in time with my triceps. Probably because triceps do so much work in lifts like the bench press. I just want the old biceps to keep up. Symmetry, man.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            If by symmetry you mean 2:3

          • Waynecro

            Yes, the appropriate symmetry.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Although i did arm wrestling for a while and thats a little diff

          • Waynecro

            That’s badass, dude. You did actual league competitions?

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Local not league, and i have lost

          • Waynecro

            I never did any legit competitions, but I won a few drunken bets.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Arm wrestling >>>

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            Did you suddenly unlock your arm wrestling powers when you turned your cap around or drank motor oil?

            http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/over-the-top/9.gif
            http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/over-the-top/44.gif

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            Conan The Dadbodbarian.

          • Paris Hilton

            Conan The Micropurchasian

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            GET TO THE CHOPPA, 100g/ea

          • IT’S NOT A TOOMAH!

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD
      • it’s rill gud

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Huh, Iceland seems like a pretty happy place overall.

    http://assets.bwbx.io/images/if1lGaud33Mc/v2/-1x-1.jpg

    • Mayk Benynton

      Bullshit, we all know that the happiest place on earth is North Corea.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        I heard they have unicorns over there, and their leader rode one as a kid

      • Fill My Strap With Coutons

        Damn skippy!

    • Mayk Benynton

      I wonder if ‘everything else’ means huehuehue.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Access to TovH

    • Dubs

      You’d think with how much vacation time Link gets that Venezuela would be higher on the list.

      • Fill My Strap With Coutons

        People get cranky when they have no toilet paper, though.

      • Vacations reminds to us our miseries.

    • Fill My Strap With Coutons

      I’m surprised that Finland’s on there, considering it’s got one of (and sometimes THE) highest suicide rates in the world, along with Japan.

      • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

        Well, your neighbor is Tapir

        • Fill My Strap With Coutons

          That too! I can imagine him bringing down any good mood, Steve Wright style. “Hey, Tapir, how are you?” “I’m great. I slashed myself with a broken whiskey bottle this morning, and the pain is letting me know I’m still alive. And I ran over a box of puppies, which gave me a massive boner”

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Yo yo yo, I would adopt thosee puppies.

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            And eat them after peeing on them?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            As Tapir’s heart grew 3 sizes:

            http://media.giphy.com/media/FAzCYnHo2TSmI/giphy.gif

            And immediately had to see the doctor for that, while wearing no pants.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Dogs are one of the very few things I like.

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            We have one here (a Pomeranian) and two cats. The new one we simply adopted since it’s winter and was out on the porch with no place to go, plus it’s, um, been pal-ing around with the other cat for a while.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I got two corgi-worgies.

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            What are those? It’s late and I’m too lazy to Google.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You don’t know what corgies are?

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            Nope. Are they sandwiches?

          • Sir Tapir The Based
          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire
          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Yeah, he’s the smaller and younger of the two.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            IIRC, aren’t dogs pretty popular in Finland?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Yep.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            That’s a good looking dog.

          • puppypuppypuppy

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            He’s almost three years old.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            What a cutie and a Great blanket too. My doxi is a certified pedigree blanket hound!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Hey, I’m a good goddamn neighbour.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        That’s why we are happy.

        • Fill My Strap With Coutons

          BTW, I’ve had that CMX cd on repeat over the last couple of days (Talvikuningas). Musically, it’s all over the place, but loving it.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I dunno if you heard this, but here’s some jammin’ new Norwegian shit
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LXjh2_HOvc8

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            Sounds almost like Pearl Jam’s “WMA”, especially the drums.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po51aoOBPdw

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Lol everything good sounds like shitty pop to you.

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            Listen to the drums, it’s almost the exact same. You’re still batting strong though! We don’t agree on much, but you have solid picks.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Definitely sound nothing alike.

          • Fill My Strap With Coutons

            I heard it right off the bat, homie. Mainly the intro drums, though.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You need to clean that gunk out of your ears
            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YbqGOOs8vtY

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            Good one! Been a while since I’ve heard them.

            Here’s one I’ll slide over to you:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ao0tVrpNc

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The new album has the essence of the Tapir in it, as it was partially recorded at a live show I was watching.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            Sweet! The album is epic as hell.

  • i like the way you un-tech death, Spear. well, i like the tech stuff too.
    TL;DR: <3

    • Spear

      <3

  • Fill My Strap With Coutons

    That seal has ‘lifelover’ written all over him! *sends Tapir over to pee on him and destroy his cheery mood, permanently*

    https://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lviftvduwo1qlj7p6o1_500.png

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      I hear that quite often, maybe I need to work on my small talk game more.

  • I resent the negative comments about Iceland and because of this I retract everything nice I’ve ever said about Lacertilian.

    • Spear

      Uh, yes! Blame the lizard!

      • Bossicus thee Rossicus

        Wasn’t sure what he meant by that…

        • Spear

          I’m not sure if he thought that Lacertillian wrote this or that somebody finally realized that I am blameless in all things.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Uh, i guess we’ll go with the second one.

          • SPEARCERTILIAN ILLUMINATI PLOT

        • I meant that I ASSUMED Lizard would write about this album, but since he didn’t, he’s responsible for whatever was written. Sins of omission and whatnot.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Hahahahahahhahaha, okay

      • New Mantra.

      • Lacertilian

        but.. but I wasn’t even here!!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT! YOU SOILED IT!

  • Fill My Strap With Coutons
    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      Bring Out Your Dead is killer! I’m glad you are enjoying it.

      • They follow me on Twitter now, pretty cool how that seems to happen.

        • Bossicus thee Rossicus

          Nice.
          I sent them an email when the album was released asking about any physical copies and they got back to me pretty quick. Nice to know they treat their fans with respect.

  • Fill My Strap With Coutons

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, boy, Phil Anselmo just fucked up again, as if this is the first time he’s done shit like this:

    http://assets.blabbermouth.net/media/philipanselmopower_638.jpg

    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/philip-anselmo-denies-being-racist-after-white-power-shoutout-at-dimebash-event/

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      I’m guessing the comment section on that article is cancer.

      • Lacertilian

        Joe creates a killer website for us to get away from TMZ bullshit and this dick brings it here on a daily basis.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          He can’t help it, anime has destroyed his brain cells.

          • Lacertilian

            Plural?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’m guessing there were cells before anime.

      • Fill My Strap With Coutons

        Plenty of Trumpers and ‘help us, we’re white and oppressed!” assholes on there.

      • It’s Blabbermouth so yeah.

        • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

          Lol, I’m FB friends with the Cookie Monster guy on there (Dave Gilbert). which is 95% of the reason to even look at the comments section. Example:

          http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-alice-cooper-guitarist-nita-strauss-performs-at-korg-booth-at-namm/

          That, my friends, is what we call classy!

          • Well, he’s funny and not meant to be taken seriously. I have no issues with him.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            Really cool guy talking to him outside of BM, and has really good taste in music. He’s a lurker here, btw. Eventually I’ll convince him to post on here (tried several times to talk him into it), you know, so him and I can class it up in here haha.

    • Thank you Phil for proving me right yet again!! (facepalm)

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Please advise: where exactly is this Iceland of which you speak? (To lazy to google.)

    • North Pole, Taco-Loco!

    • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

      Hvar álfa líf , trúðar þar spila sem og lið gott framleiðslueininga er. 😉

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Vitun turskannussija

        • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

          Veit ég að þú elskar í Sigur Rós, ekki segja af að er.

        • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

          I had to run what you said through a translator (gah!). What does ‘turskannussija’? Did you just call me Turkish?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I called you a Cod Fucker.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Who would fuck a fish? Seems like a stupid idea.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            KJU.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            He would.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            Well, I fucked my one ex, and that was a little less fun than sticking my dick in a dead cod. And smelled a lot worse. At least the cod would be tasty.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            Wow, you guys must get bored over there. Even the sexual insults revolve around fishing.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Þakka þér herra … getur taflan fyllast bestu kjöt ávöxtum og vinum. Megi vindar veturinn frjósa hjarta þitt og getur Familiy þín og vinir verið mörg …. þar til við hittumst aftur.

        • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

          Lol, tak! On the family end of things, today is one year since my grandma passed. Talking more about that on the Flush It tomorrow though. A toast to her, and hoping she’s up there somewhere shooting the clams with Abe Vigota, Lemmy, Bowie and Jack Soo (I’m atheist, but still a nice thought).

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Sorry to hear that, a toast to her! And yes to her “shooting the clams!”

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            Thanks! Today’s not as sad as I thought it’d be, thankfully. I still miss her so much, though.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Understood. My wife’s grandmother passed in early 2015. I believe she was just about to turn 93. She was missed at the family gatherings this year.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      It’s in the imaginary northern Europe.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Thank you sir! Where is that?

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    These releases are great but difficult as fuck to search for on the interwebs……

    • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

      It’s black metal, so Tyree would know where to go right off the bat. Ask him.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Good point! He should become a distributor…

        • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

          http://www.ultimatesatan.com

          Site he runs. Distribution might not be too far down the line, with luck.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Wow cool thanks man. I’ve been diggin into black metal more in the last few months.

          • Viking Dildoes In The Fire

            ‘Atmospheric Black Metal Records’ on Youtube is also another gold mine for good BM, especially if you want the more epic/atmospheric kind of stuff.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Awesome tip man, thanks.

    • Dubs

      Fallen Empire, dude.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        on it…

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        On it, thx bro.