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a powerful release, in more ways than one - 93%

Daemonlord, July 1st, 2011

This is an album I've been meaning to get a review done for for quite some time now, but for one reason or another, I've not actually managed to get around to it until now. With 'Sorrow Infinite and Darkness', Nidingr have released one of the most interesting albums that has crawled out of the blackened depths of Norway in many a year.

Tearing out of the traps from the off, the band sound like a futuristic Black Metal Vader mixed with the spacey atmospheres contained within the debut album of the immense Thorns, whilst being coated with the occasional splash of symphonic synthesizer work similar to that of early Dimmu Borgir. All this is blasted out at breakneck speeds for the most part, with thick layers of guitar work shimmering and echoing in its Mayhem-like dissonance throughout the proceedings, the ever crushing drum work merely acting as a backbone to the fleshy riffs, doing their best to flay the skin from your face with sheer intensity. Vocally, Grasa has a nice gravelly Death Metal bellow that tears holes in the fabric of time and space with a mere breath, such is the ferocity of his delivery. Although the first five tracks are undoubtedly the best on the album, the remaining five are certainly no shirkers when it comes to quality either, continuing the fierce pace of the record until the album's done.

Although Nidingr mainman Teloch seemed to have his hands full playing live with various other Norwegian bands, it seems that Nidingr is still very much alive and well. I for one, am very much looking forward seeing what happens in the forthcoming chapters of this refreshingly inspired band.

Originally written for www.metalcrypt.com