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Chthonicisms, March 25th, 2011

With their second demo, Windir show their ultimate decision - to make shitty music.

Whereas Sogneriket was dull, uninspired, malformed, but at the same time moderately enjoyable, Det Gamle Riket is outright bad. Here Windir abandon their former confusion and fully embrace their true selves - simpletons making bouncy cartoon music that metalheads can still enjoy because, hey, it's got guitar distortion and blastbeats.

The first demo was kind of dumb, by all means, but only kind of. It was casual, laid-back, simple, but it was not horrible. You could put it on, wash the dishes, do homework, and not be bothered by it. It was easy listening music(why anyone would want to make easy listening black metal beats me). This, however, is just crap. If the awkward melodic changes and completely illogical phrasal transitions don't grab your attention, the disparity of the REALLY HIGH notes being combined with REALLY LOW notes into a single riff definitely will, and the way these form into annoyingly sugary melodies will keep your attention from being diverted to anything more worthwhile - which is to say, anything at all.

Fans of Windir will enjoy this to a degree, but the three tracks that best exemplify why people like Windir would go on to be replicated in a "better" form on the first LP anyway. Like the first demo, this one is thereby rendered pointless. Well, by that and by the fact it's just crappy music. Avoid. All that can be said in its favor is that at least Windir realized what their true intentions were, preventing them from the common metal band fate of releasing a copious amount of halfway-decent material that always gains some dedicated fans simply because it doesn't suck outright. Thanks for sucking outright, Windir - metal thanks you(with a freezing, drunken death).