Genres: Doom, Viking Metal, Folk Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Napalm Records refers to Ereb Altor as “Epic Viking Doom”. And while The End is definitely that, I think that Napalm was a little too on the nose with that description. I like to think of this album as more; Nightfall Battlefield Campfire Tales of Tragedy and Bloodshed, Doom… which is a little up the nose, isn’t it?
At any rate, Ereb Altor (which consists of Mats and Ragnar of the awesome Swedish doom troupe, Isole) goes heavy on the Viking lore (hence the tag, I would suppose) with the retelling of the death of Balder and Loki’s treachery afterward and so on. Vocally, The End is littered with haunting clean vocals, spoken word segments, berzerker bellows and his victim’s screams. The guitars range from a doom dirge to acoustic to the occasional blackened shred, while the drummers never really shy away from a mid-tempo, keeping this flaming boat of a precession on it’s steady course to Valhalla!
Overall: Mixing Viking themes with funeral doom and an impalement of black metal, Ereb Altor carve out a deep niche in the already crowded folk/Viking genre with their unabashed dedication and thought provoking sound.
Ereb Altor on MySpace
Originally seen on E-MetalSpace