TAAKE Kong Vinter

0011399481_10Nattestid ser porten vid still remains the best ever recorded material from Hoest leader of Norwegian based black metal act known as Taake. Over Bjoergvin graater himmerik was different from the debut one but still there was a great atmosphere. Already with the third record the things start to change in one way or another.Later the band has become more popular, so to say, within black metal circles and beyond. I always admire first two or three albums of Taake, somehow being my favorite band from Norway that is still active, but yet I have opportunity only to see Taake once. Still the debut offering is far from the best one(s). Then the second studio album  Its very hard to speak so to say about brand new issue of Norwegian black metal act Taake. There’s 3 years now between his previous record and a new one. Stridens Hus was quite ok record, but it was not close to first three offerings. And, now we have a brand new issue which is somewhere between. There’s old vibe from first two records, but also there’s something new. But, yet something is missing here, although the main ingredients are still there, still very obvious. By the way, the cover artwork was promising cool record, cold atmosphere but it did not happened this time.

I am really trying to be objective as much as I can but Kong Vinter is not close to Nattstid or Over Bjoergvin…somehow something is missing… I will not say that Kong Vinter is a band record, not all all, it was its own vibe and the atmosphere. Somehow there are moments from Over Bjoergvin in almost each song. I guess that if you are basally fan of Taake and Norwegian black metal you could like this album, but I think, from this point of view, that a Kong Vinter has slight less quality comparing to previous issue. Well, I have to say that it was very hard to write such a review since I always adore Taake and the fact is that they have always their own style…Just before I wrote this review I was listening Nattstid just to find that this is one of the best Norwegian albums ever made…

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