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Vreid
Pitch Black Brigade
Type: CD
Company: Candlelight
Release: 2006
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Veritas
Published: 7/2/2006
Some general black metal fans may find a little bit of what they like
After the unfortunate demise of Windir’s frontman Valfar in 2004, three of Windir’s other members decided to form a new band, Vreid. Making up this group are Guitarist/vocalist Sture, bassist Hvall, drummer Steingrim, and Ese, a non-Windir member recruited to play guitar. Instead of continuing to play the unique version of Viking/black metal that Valfar penned in Windir, the four chose a more straightforward black metal route. Sadly, at least on Pitch Black Brigade, they do not come anywhere close to achieving Windir’s former glory.

Taken on their own, Vreid actually aren’t a terrible band. They’re more or less average. Too many of Pitch Black Brigade’s tracks have an overt “death-and-roll” feel to them, where the melody is relatively simple and catchy, and the song is not too heavy or overpowering. However, several songs display a fair amount of musicianship. For example, “Pitch Black” contains a creative riff or two, and “Hengebjorki” has a clean-vocalled chorus that does a great job of changing up the song’s pace and intensity. If it was not for Windir, this album still wouldn’t stand out… but I also wouldn’t be giving it a negative review.

The lyrics and song titles that Vreid have come up with sound stupid and almost cheesy at times. “Hang Em All” sounds like it was thought up during one of Metallica’s less fruitful brainstorming sessions, and “Left To Hate” is far too simplistic. It is kind of unfair that I’m holding them to such a high standard, but after the brilliant music that Valfar made, it makes sense to hold those that played with him to similar standards.

As you’ve probably already figured out, Windir fans are NOT going to enjoy this album. Instead, I would recommend true fans to check out a band called Cor Scorpii, which was formed by Windir’s keyboardist Righ, guitarist Strom (they go by their real names in this band) as well as drummer Steingrim, who is also in Vreid. They create vaguely folk-inspired black metal somewhat similar but not identical to the style of Windir, and pay homage rather than insult to Valfar’s spirit. Some general black metal fans may find a little bit of what they like on Pitch Black Brigade, but nothing stands out enough to make this disc truly worthwhile.
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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I KrigVreid
2007
David Loveless4/4/2008
Pitch Black BrigadeVreid
2006
Veritas7/2/2006


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