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Vredehammer: Violator

Album Review

Former Abbath guitarist leads a muscular death/black assault

Led by one Per Valla, Vredehammer’s 2014 debut, Vinteroffer, was a storming record that offered an intense, embittered black metal experience, but also a clean and non-obscure ambience.

While it balanced the grim riffing with precise drumming and a reasonably accessible sound, Violator sees the group steering toward their black metal roots in a more pronounced fashion. Once again the Norwegian trio are fearsomely tight, the modern production and larger-than-life sound capturing the technicalities and details in impressive fashion.

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