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Finally, we have a melodic death metal that does not sound overly Swedish! This fact alone elevates Vörnagar to the elite group containing the likes of Aeveron, Be'lakor and Kronos. Rather than being “melodicdeathmetal”, Vörnagar play death metal that is very melodic.
Riffs are very well played. Vörnagar are not exactly the most complex of bands, but nor are they simplistic. They are a good mix of tremolo picked melodies and harmonies, technical smoothness and the occasional bit of death metal chugging. The guitars suffer from some thinness – it sounds as though they were recorded through a 10W practice amp. But as a black metal fan, a bit of a thin guitar tone does not ruin it for me. I can not imagine The Bleeding Holocaust produced like Opeth, for example. Interestingly, the guitar solos are soaked in reverb. At first, it sounds very out of place, but it is by no means awful.
Vocals are quite strong. Carl Pitliek does not have a brilliant range, but he uses what he has very well – see “When The Mist Hath Fallen”. Unfortunately, the vocals suffer from the same thinness that affects the guitars. With a bit of warmth and reverb, I think the vocals could be more appealing. But again, I can not really imagine the album with anything else.
The reason most of you will have found Vörnagar, however, is through their mind-blowing drummer, Marco Pitruzzella. As well as playing for Brain Drill and touring with Vital Remains, Lord Marco has this excellent project Vörnagar. And the drumming is genuinely phenomenal. Marco places excellent accents in interesting places, and has incredible control. Everything is so clear, Marco has no real room for error, and plays consistently excellently. One particularly exciting skill is his control of the gravity blast – best shown at around 3.17 in “Hyperion”. Strangely, considering the guitars and vocals, the drums are mixed beautifully.
Vörnagar uses choruses to great effect. Memorable lines such as “Carry on, Endymion” and “The human race is cast into oblivion... Oblivion!” are very exciting.
Vörnagar is a great band for people interested in hearing melodic death metal that does not sound like other bands. Fans of Kronos, Be'lakor and Aeveron should enjoy The Bleeding Holocaust. Don't let the production put you off, Because Vörnagar have really made an exceptionally good album.