Ereb Altor – Ulfven (Viking/Black Metal)


Free is the Ulfven! The start of Ulfven is a lecture in tales and mythology from the viking ages which lay down the grounds for what is to come. Eventually it blasts off with En Synd Svart Som Sot, the single some of you have probably heard prior to this albums release, which is an epic piece of work that takes Ereb Altor’s Bathory connection closer than ever. If you don’t know who Ereb Altor are then you should know their music is as close as Bathory that you can get in this day and age. Being formed in 2003 from the core of Forlorn and Isole Ereb Altor have been a band every Bathory fan just has to love, me included. Their whole discography is an homage and filled with Bathory like music we all have come to love and respect. With six full-length and one EP prior Ulfven that’s been nothing but top notch viking/black metal music it’s interesting to hear if they can keep it up.

Ulfven is everything Ereb Altor is all about, epic fucking music. With me having Blot – Ilt – Taut as one of my favorite albums last year you know I am a big fan of this type of thing. Ulfven is just as good, if not better initially as the first songs makes me wonder if this is Ereb Altor’s best work yet. However the last songs, which are bonus songs mind you and not on the standard version, lacks and leaves me a bit disapointed after that start of an album. Either way those are just bonus songs and should be seen as such so I am not laying too much value on them.

All you need to know is Ulfven is Ereb Altor on form, showing their teeth and devouring the world bringing ragnarok to us with their music. This is an album any fan of the band or Bathory should get. You know what the best thing about the album is? It is out today from Hammerheart Records!

Label: Hammerheart Records
For fans of: Bathory and Primordial
Favorite song: En Synd Svart Som Sot
Score: 4.5/5


Ereb Altor – Blot – Ilt – Taut (Epic Viking/Black Metal)


Blot – Ilt – Taut is a different album from Ereb Alot as it is a tribute album to the band they admire and are heavily influenced by, Bathory. Ereb Altor puts out some very powerful hymns that will be sure to reach Quorthon in Valhalla, Bathory couldn’t have hoped for a better tribute. Ereb Altor’s epic viking black metal mix which sings tales about Norse Mythology and fantasy (as their name Ereb Altor, a supplement to the Swedish fantasy role-playing game Drakar och Demoner implies) is very unique and something everyone should experience. There is not a single track on this album I dislike and listening to it from start to finish is a pure joy. This is the first album I’ve reviewed were I had a really hard time chosing a favorite song, that’s how good it is.

Fun fact, Blot – Ilt – Taut means Blood Fire Death in old Swedish, which is not only a track on the album but also the title of the now legendary Bathory album released in 1988.

As you can tell I am a big Ereb Altor, and Bathory, fan and Blot – Ilt – Taut brings out the best of Ereb Altor. This is a masterpiece you definitely should not miss, even more so if you like Norse Mythology.

For fans of: Bathory and Isole
Best song: Woman of Dark Desires
Score: 10/10