Altor started out in Sweden as a doom-influenced epic Viking metal band,
but later on dropped the doom influence to take a more black metal approach
towards their core style, and atmosphere was given more prominence. Bathory was one of their primary
influences, and that can be clearly heard in any of their albums. The band’s
latest release ‘Nattramn’ is
stylistically closer to their newer music.
and eerie intro featuring chants and caws and whatnot, all building up the
Boreal forest atmosphere and seamlessly flowing into “Midsommarblot”, which starts off with a slow tempo and later picks
up momentum. The latter song features an anthemic chorus, galloping drums and
beautiful acoustic work, and is overall a very catchy song.
first ventures into black metal in this album, and expectedly, the atmosphere
gets gloomy. It is a standard black metal track with decent riffs, and even
though I’m a fan of black metal, I didn’t really find inspiring because of its generic
nature. I’d have preferred that they would have stuck more to their pagan-stylized,
doom-influenced music than straight-up black metal with less of other styles.
Dance of the Elves” has more of the melodic vocals and black metal riffing,
but I’m not really a fan of the keyboards, which thwarted my attempt at
enjoying it completely. “Dark Waters”
is another keyboard-heavy track with less of the earthy pagan/folk influence
that the band can bring. The riffs are stronger on this track though, and the
drums and guitar solo are entertaining as well.
a slow folksy piece befitting of being viking chants on sea. The final track “The Nemesis of Frei” starts off in a
similar vein, but goes berserk around the 3-minute mark as the drums and
tremolo comes down pounding. It later slows down again with a gorgeous outro
for the album. This track was my favourite track on ‘Nattramn’.
definitely has some quality riffs and atmosphere, but it falls short of being
consistent at it. I felt the keyboards were a bit excessive, but that is just
me. The soaring clean vocals were the highlight of the album; they were mostly
successful in creating the ambience, but were not able to hold my attention all
throughout the album. Riff-wise, the release is a poor man’s Bathory album and is in general an
enjoyable one, but not in the same level of uniqueness as their early albums.
“Across the Giant’s Blood”