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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).
This demo shows the talent and musical abilities of Valfar at such a young age. The songs are all perfect and all appear on the first album (I believe). This demo has farely clean production (at least in my opinion) compared to loads of other demos in the black metal genre.
Well, the first song is "Mørkrets Fyrste". This is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) songs I've ever heard. Everything about it is perfect. "Sognarikets Herskarinne" is a faster paced black metal song similar to the previous song, but this song is faster. It has some clean vocals and harsh vocals in it (not to mention some buzzing noises). Next is "Røvhaugane", it starts off with an amazing riff and scream. It pulls you right in from the start of the song! "Krigaren Si Gravferd" is the next song. It sounds like your typical raw black metal song with a clean passage thrown in. The clean passage is amazing to. "Krystallnatt" is the final song on here. Its sound quality is VERY bad, but from what I hear from it would sound amazing if the production was better.
Overall this demo is flawless and perfect. Most copies are bootlegs though.