When life brings sorrow beyond death…(Tattered Soul / Varulv / Nightforest (split)

Band: Tattered Soul / Varulv / Nightforest (split)
Album: When life brings sorrow beyond death…
Release date: May 2012
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Naturmacht Productions

‘When life brings sorrow beyond death…’ is a split album featuring tracks by two Austrian underground black metal bands, Varulv and Nightforest and a German black metal outfit called Tattered Soul.

First up is Tattered Soul with ‘Necromancer’, a rocking thrash-infused black metal anthem akin to the likes of Behexen, Pagan Hellfire and Black Witchery with hints of Ragnarok. For lack of a better description I’ll call this style a ‘ferocious rocking steamroller’ which, believe it or not is a very good thing when it comes to black metal. ‘The Art of Death’ features more thrashy, raw black guitar riffs and eerie vocals which work well here despite the slower pace and melodic undertones. Same goes for the final Tattered Soul track ‘As Ravens Call’.

Next up is Varulv with their first offering ‘Herbststurm’- a relatively good black metal track which in spite of all its merit fails to stand out from the large crowd of very similar sounding bands. The subsequent Varulv tracks offer more of the same non-descript black metal complete with the signature Darkthrone/esque black metal shrieks, raw guitars and Dissection style song structured. Not bad but nothing groundbreaking.

Last in the queue is Nightforest with ‘A Tomb so Cold’ which is by far the most melodic out of this particular trio. Once again the Ragnarok comparison springs to mind. The guitars are far more smooth-sounding than on any of the previous tracks. ‘Into the Ancient Forest’ is definitely one of album’s highlights with its continious wall of riffage and blackened melodies.

4/5 – Overall

4/5 – tracks by Tattered Soul
3/5 – tracks by Varulv
4.5/5 – tracks by Nightforest

Iza Raittila

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