|CD REVIEW Nattfog|
Despite their Swedish name, duo Nattfog (Destruction and Adelwolf), born from the ashes of Norns, hail from (the southern shores of) Finland. Last year, they did release a highly interesting split with Nekrokrist SS, and this review deals with Nattfog’s first full length in their five years of existence. And if you’re trusted with last year’s split, you will know what to expect again, just with a minor difference: the better production, even though not completely satisfying.
When it comes to the production: it is unpolished indeed, yet of the majestic Underground-kind, and not the backroom or garage sound some bands might consider ‘evil’ or ‘anti-social’. Poeha! Yet the final mix might be much too ‘soft’, making obscurity inferior to melody. Nothing wrong with melody, of course, especially when dealing with the well-balanced use of repetition and epic. It just might have sounded more, er, ‘full’ or ‘brutal’ (shit, looks like I’m reviewing a cheap Grind / Death release).
This is such an album you need to experience in its totality. It does not deal with the individual tracks, which are, strictly seen, not that memorable. The album as a whole must be considered a dark musical journey through spheres of desolation, misanthropy and spirituality, and it just might please you if you’re a Sombre Soul.