Trying to determine why VuyvrÍs debut album "Eiskalt" is a stimulating and refreshing take on black metal is not an easy task. Hailing from Switzerland, their sound initially appears to be rather traditional, obviously influenced by a number of Norwegian and Swedish meisters of the genre. Beneath an impeccable flow and as the record will start to grow on you, youÍll notice subtle, personal touches which contribute to a large extent to the recordÍs peculiar charm. ThereÍs majestic breakdowns who are wonderful but not strictly metallic (ñBetrayers Of The Northî), stellar dual guitars equally breathing of heavy metal and post rock (ñDead Trees Will Wander At Nightî). The vocals are crisp but not exaggerated, conveying immediacy. The primitive pounding of the drums resonates the naive fury of extreme metalÍs early daysƒ Devil is in the details indeed and apparently Vuyvr have inherited the unorthodox class that characterizes their countryÍs metal tradition (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Samael, Coronerƒ). Having excelled in the ranks of seminal underground acts such as Knut, Impure Wilhelmina, Rorcal, Elizabeth, they are not preoccupied by what the purists will think of them. They are devoted to sonic darkness and itÍs all that matters. Less than a year after their initial racket, the band rushed into their practice space and recorded 9 tracks within a day that would eventually become ñEiskaltî. Your winter just got grimmer.
Track Listing: 01. Hoch 02. Betrayers Of The North 03. War Of 100,000 Centuries 04. Disfigured By Hatred 05. Idolatry 06. Slaves 07. Dead Trees Are Wandering At Night 08. Weapons Made For Grace 09. The Wyvern