Jan 27, · Noregs Vaapen is intense, fast paced Black Metal. I liked at better than the other albums because I felt all the pieces of the music fit best here. Guitars, drums, vocals all sounded dialed in to me - not production value, just that all the music flowed well together/5(29). 13 rows · Aug 09, · Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Taake - Noregs /5(). The past few years, Taake has been more active than ever with tours around the world and a steady live line-up. The fifth studio album, “Noregs Vaapen”, sees the band refine their True Norwegian Black Metal sound, but also take a step further and include some new elements.
Favorite track: Myr. This album is, without a doubt, a testimony to Hoest's black metal brilliance! Brian Leong. Brian Leong Modern classic by Taake. Original compositions combining a raw, technical black metal sound with heavy hard rock riffs.
Favorite track: Du ville ville Vestland. Adrian Mitchell. Edgar Schadenfreude. Friend of the Night. Sergio Devora. Carlos Parlos cp Michael Warren. Maxim Sikhvart. Erez Schatz. Evocations of Ash. Masters Bouquet. J Liu. Alejandro Serrano. Moist Walrus.
Matthew Barry. Jimmy McNulty. Purchasable with gift card. Album) past few years, Taake has been more active than ever with tours around the world and a steady live line-up. Hoest himself is behind all music, lyrics, instruments and vocals as usual.
With its intense, unique, Norwegian and otherworldly sound, Taake delivers their most diverse and unique album to this date! This is the perfect weapon for True Norwegian Black Metal. Re-press of Noregs Vaapen vinyl with new cover. Clear transparent vinyl version. Limited to copies. Comes in gatefold cover with 2x grams vinyl. Taake rightfully belongs to that elite faction. After a rather average self-titled album released in and some disappointments including the infamous Essen concert episodeTaake is back with a new offering called Noregs Vaapen.
Both furious and desperate, first song sets the tone. Keyboard which concludes the song adds an unexpected dimension for this band, used to more conventional forms.
But the album really takes off with Nordbundet, a dynamic rock song, sounding alike to fellow Carpathian Forest. I honestly could not believe my ears. What audacity! I doubt that this initiative spreads, but it is worth noticing it. Group does it again on Helvetesmakt, but this time with a mandolin, which adds a tragic dimension to this excellent and very intense piece.
Conclusive Dei vil alltid Klage og kyta is a true synthesis of the album, which ends in a noisy fog evoking northern fjords. This album meets expectations, however huge, that critics and fans may have for Taake and its leader. Constituting a vital bridge between Norwegian black metal glorious past and its future, Noregs Vaapen will become one of those classic that no one will ever get tired of listening.
We all know Hoest is a rather controversial and enigmatic character, and in rather unexpected fashion and completely from out of left field we have motherfucking banjo. Is there a future in bluegrass black metal? Plus it has motherfucking banjo. Ergo that automatically makes it amazing. Although it may very well be the brand of metal I find myself drawn towards, I am the first to admit that there's alot of black metal that evidently aims to mock itself.
From the unspoken contest of which band can be the most 'evil', to the hordes of raspy soundalikes, it becomes that much more difficult to find the gems. Taake is a project I have heard some great things about over the past couple of years, but it took me until this album to finally check out what was causing the excitement.
Although the generic album artwork may have led me to think that Taake were going to be another overhyped Norwegian act, 'Noregs Vaapen' is one of the few times I have found myself truly surprised Album) a black metal album.
Mellotrons, melodies, and banjo solos are just a handful of things that make Taake's fifth album stand out. Taake are forward-thinking without necessarily treading into prog or avant-garde territory. Without alienating the listeners who are looking for the traditionally raw sound of black metal, project leader Hoest brings in fresh elements to back up strong, often diverse songwriting.
Norwegian black metal tends to have a distinct sound to it, and listeners need not fear for lack of blastbeats, tremolo picking, or the signature raspy howl. In speaking of Norwegian black metal, some of the scene's most noteworthy figures offer a guest performance here; Nocturno Culto of DarkthroneDemonaz of Immortalas well as the legendary Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar, who joined Mayhem after Ohlin's suicide. These cameos feel more like selling points over anything, as none of the guests are ever given a significant role to play in the music.
This is one of only a few flaws 'Noregs Vaapen' contends with, however; each time I listened to the album, I became more impressed with the way Hoest had managed to bring all these musical elements and patched them together seamlessly. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is a bluegrass solo that's thrown right into the middle of 'Myr.
For those large portions which devote themselves to more traditional black metal worship, I was impressed by the convergence of melody, atmosphere and harshness, whereas most bands are able to achieve two of the three at best.
The production has a raw vibe to it, but there is a clarity to the recording that works perfectly. To say that 'Noregs Vaapen' is a masterpiece would be as apt a summary as I could make. Norwegian black metal has emulated itself inside and out, and Taake creates something fresh and breathtaking with it. Hoest may be colouring within the lines on 'Noregs Vaapen', but he is using new colours.
Is it really that important in terms of the actual music? Taake religiously releases an album every three years and each full-length from its glowing canon is absolutely mandatory, the latest being no exception. The artwork, imagery and presentation are all as impressive as the music which is flawlessly producedculminating in an overall package that will take a lot of topping.
Noregs Vaapen is an album that comes galloping out of the silent brush with riders waving swords held high, laying putrid waste to anything even remotely animate in its way. Taake may have stability issues with lineups, but the more unstable element to the music is the mindset Hoest and company bring into the studio with them. Each and every time Taake produces quality black metal. The fact that Hoest handled this entire album himself proves the point that if you want something done correctly, you should rely on no one but thy self.
In my ever humble opinion this is one of the best black metal albums of the year due in no small part to the dense audio fog emanating from the music that carries with it some severely antagonistic tones. The thickness of the drumming and the bass underneath are also happy surprises throughout. The transitions from speedy horror to slower, funeral-parlor gloom are natural bedfellows with this movement, but all too often they are left tattered and abused in the mixing process.
Such is not the case with Noregs Vaapen; its strengths lie solely in the basic causality of the concept, left naked if buffed for the true fan to understand. Originally written for www. The whole Norwegian black metal scene has really gone into a state of decline since the 90's second wave, take that any way you like. It really seems that most of the bands that came out back then are still the ones creating, and releasing, the best stuff coming out of Norway.
Taake, obviously one of those bands, is no exception to that opinion. Taake has always been a band of change, if only slightly varying their sound throughout each of their records, and this one is no exception. The melding of black metal with more straightforward heavy metal riffs is nothing new, but the ability to make it work in a way that isn't cheesy or totally incompetent shows a real talent. Much like what Glorior Belli had done with their most recent record, the riffs, while simplistic, also are much more memorable and the songs have many more hooks in them than ever before.
Perhaps the whole idea of black'n'roll actually making its way into becoming a legitimate genre, or sub-sub genre, whathaveyou, will turn off those that want their black metal to be free from all outside influences and remain as hate fueled and raw as possible, but you can't deny the presence of legends from the scene's yesteryears certainly at least give the nod of approval for the likes of Taake. You don't have to do math on your guitar to be a good player, sometimes all it takes is a good riff.
But besides that, what else can you say about this, it's Taake being Taake. The production is a bit crisper sounding than a few of their other records.
It's not super polished or clean, but it is a lot less muggy and hazy sounding than even the self-titled record. Everything just comes out so much more fuller sounding than ever before, and things cut through when they need to, like the banjo solo on Myr, which is awesome by the way.
Once again, the little kvlt kids who love their early Darkthrone and Mayhem records, which by the way Nocturno Culto and Attila Csihar both guest on here, who hide in their parent's basements pretending to look dark and pondering how they can become the next Varg, will probably hate this for being too clean, but if you're a true fan of good songwriting and riff-driven music, this is right up your alley.
I don't know how to say how good this is other than you just have to check it out. It's got all the right elements to take Taake to the next level while still keeping their sound pretty trve to their roots. Definitely check this out if you want to hear some headbang-able black metal with riffs. After the very predictable for anyone who pays attention anyway three year silence that followed Taake's self titled third album comes the latest effort by Mr.
Hoest and associated. And in this case, perhaps the words "associated" is one of the most relevant. In this instalment of the Taake saga, Hoest counts with a very wide and impressive list of contributors.
In the very first track, Fra vadested til vaandesmed, towards the end, we can hear the unmistakable grasps of none less than Nocturno freaking Culto. And that's just the beginning of the album's surprises, but we'll get on that later on. The first thing to strike the listener is the considerably less stingy sound of the guitar; the tremolos flowing in a more homogeneous torrent of sound, widening its area of influence.
This magnifies the trance-inducing effect that, as it is, is already well known in black metal. But at the same time, and as is tradition with this band, no movement or riff or section is repeated for too long, and before you can settle into the stream, the rapids change speed and rocks come out of nowhere, catapulting you from your kayak. On that note, most of the flaws I personally encountered on their previous album namely lack of energy and watered down riffs not nearly as gloriously "norwegian" as in previous releases have been subdued quite a bit, and we do get more bombastic drumming moments and jarringly passionate, folk-influenced riffs.
But, perhaps unfortunately or perhaps luckily, this album is still a distinctly step away from the trilogy. That is, by no means, a bad thing.
There's only one thing I and people like me have been looking for in the metal scene the past ten years and that is innovation. Something that shockingly, considering the vertiginous history and evolution metal offered almost non-stop from all the way up until the mid 90's has been extremely hard to find.
So no, I do not pan for the band to go back to their style. Rest assured, that's exactly what they're not doing here. Point in case, there is quite a number of fleeting yet compelling instances of experimentation.
Now, don't fret. They didn't go down the already cliched "post-metal" sound road, nor did they start experimenting with electronic ambiance or genre crossovers. They are simply executing their core formula in different ways and pointing their talents at slightly Orkan - Taake - Noregs Vaapen (CD angles.
Maybe you'll be listening to a blastbeating monotone in a good way section, only to be suddenly interrupted by a dissonant, almost sludgy riff. All of this without mentioning the use of rather unorthodox instruments like mandolin perhaps the most brillian addition to the black metal sound since violins and cellos; the friggin mandolin was made to play tremolos, why didn't anyone think of this before?
I'm off right now to find a way to plug a mandolin to a very, very distorted amplifierbanjo and bue??? Strange sounds do lurk behind the bulk of the music from time to time, which seems like a smart move, adding some extra mystery to the already thick sound.
Somewhat like in previous albums, there are rock-tingled elements on most if not all songs, although they're well disguised and only come to the listener's attention in some extreme cases, like when some clean guitar arpeggios get mixed with groovy riffs and solos that remind me of Cathedral or even the less popular sweden death metal albums like Wolverine BluesVictory or even Heartwork.
But that's just to give you a very vague idea. Don't go around thinking they've gone the way of the mid's extreme metal scene or the way of Nokturnal Mortum's spectacular The Voice Of Steel. To round things up a bit, the album presents most, if not all of the elements that made their early albums the landmarks they were, mixed with the somewhat weaker elements of their self titled. But it's not as simple as that sounds.
All of the elements inherited from their previous four full lengths are downplayed and fused in order to create a merged, Album) source of elements instead of trying to incorporate all the elements at once, creating interference, or worse, alternating between them, making it sound like a terrible compilation of skills.
That, combined with the more adventurous instruments and the extra vocals and lead guitars courtesy of the notable list of guest musicians, make for a very, very unique album. I wouldn't say the album sounds like it borrowed from all its predecessors and it's just a culminating effort, because a that would take credit away from Hoest and company 's ability to innovate and b it really doesn't sound like that at all, even if those elements are present, they're presented in a very fresh and even innovative format.
Their trilogy remains Taake's and some of black metal post most excellent works, but this album truly blows their previous effort out of the water. Enough traditionalism to still be the last great banner for Norwegian Black Metal, enough experimentation to allow themselves to swerve towards whatever direction these visionaries see fit in the future. With most of the scene's progenitors having mutated their styles to incorporate a wealth of newer influences, 'sold out' or dissembled entirely, it's amusing that it falls upon a band which wasn't even releasing full length records until the dawn of the 21st century to maintain the backbone of Norwegian black metal.
I mean, if my biggest gripe against an artist is his narcissistic tendency to flaunt himself on album covers, then I think he's in pretty good shape, though even I'll admit that the image adorning the eponymous Taake, his last album, was pretty cool not to mention the music, which was outstanding. So then, it is basically no shock to anyone that Taake has once again made good on this genre, and Noregs Vaapen is another refined, balanced assault of those sacraments held dear to the black metal fan.
Incredibly well-plotted songs which never cease to provide variation and excitement. Proficient and explosive musicianship. Audible, digestible darkness set in contrast to incendiary desperation and melody. Hoest brings on a whole 'host' of guests to the album, such as Nocturno Culto, Orkan - Taake - Noregs Vaapen (CD, Demonaz and Attila Csihar, but he still runs the show across the whole range of instruments, and provides a 47 minute excursion into a night realm of slaughter and beauty, its ego carved upon the natural landscape and the continued decay of mankind.
You don't really come to Taake through some quest for novelty or innovation, and surely there are elements here from all of the Norse regulars Mayhem, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Enslaved, Immortal, Burzum and so forthbut hell, if SOMEONE is to do them justice, it might as well be this guy. And he does so immediately, through the streaming and bleeding discourse of "Fra vadested til vaandesmed", in which his biting rasp cuts across a series of understated, but forcefully eloquent guitars, expressive drumming and perky, meandering bass lines.
It's this constant variety which allows Noregs Vaapen to burn itself into your mind, and there are no two tracks quite alike. Standouts are omnipresent, but I might call attention the spacious and bold grooves of "Nordbundet" from the Kveld EP with its slicing dissonant spikes and hell-blazing rasp; "Myr" with its intense, constantly shifting bridge; or the dire and crushing, doom-like attire of "Helvetesmakt".
But really, there is not a stinker in this bunch. Perhaps a few guitars here or there feel familiar and obviously derivative of hundreds of black metal records in the past. Not all are winners, but more often than not they hold up to repeated scrutiny. I'm just highly impressed how well he writes his songs to essentially remove any chance of losing the listener's attention span.
The production values are superb without ever threatening to feel digitized or suffering from an excess shine-job: you can hear everything loudly and clearly, no less emotionally draining than it would be if it sounded like it were recorded in a closet. The Norse lyrics are delivered with an appreciable level of dread, but more importantly he doesn't waste his presence away through dull, repetitive patterns, sticking instead to restrained quantities of syllabic deviation.
In the end, even if it doesn't scale those same leering heights that Over Bjoergvin Hard work pays off, in metal and in the rest of life.
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album The past few years, Taake has been more active than ever with tours around the world and a steady live line-up. The fifth studio album, “Noregs Vaapen”, sees the band refine their True Norwegian Black Metal sound, but also take a . Taake - Noregs Vaapen () Album Photo by grooove. Format: CD. 3 likes. 8 Taake Album Photos. "Noregs vaapen" is Norwegian for "Norway's weapon". English song title translations: 1. From Ford to Sorrow's Smith 2. Hurricane 3. The Northern League 4. Wild Wild Western Coast 5. Bog 6. Power from Hell 7. They Will Always Complain and Moan Svartekunst Produksjoner / HOEST A video was made for "Nordbundet". Tape edition out via Inferna.
Oct 28, · Taake means “fog” in Norwegian, which aptly describes much of the atmosphere on “Noregs Vaapen.” “Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed” opens the album with sub-zero vaporizing tremolo-picked rhythms. The bass adds to this foggy ambiance, lying obscured in the mix like a fog horn denoting a path for mariners.
13 rows · Find Taake discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Find Taake discography, . View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Clear Vinyl release of Noregs Vaapen on Discogs. Label: Dark Essence Records - DELP,Svartekunst Produksjoner - HOESTLP • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue Clear • Country: Norway • Genre: Rock • Style: Black Metal Taake: Noregs Vaapen (CD, Album, Enh /5(22).
Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Noregs Vaapen - Taake on AllMusic. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Noregs Vaapen - Taake on AllMusic Orkan. Riksbrodd Hoest M. Vinter. Taake. Spotify Amazon: 3.
Oct 28, · Taake means “fog” in Norwegian, which aptly describes much of the atmosphere on “Noregs Vaapen.” “Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed” opens the album with sub-zero vaporizing tremolo-picked rhythms. The bass adds to this foggy ambiance, lying obscured in the mix like a fog horn denoting a path for mariners. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Noregs Vaapen - Taake on AllMusic. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Noregs Vaapen - Taake on AllMusic Orkan. Riksbrodd Hoest M. Vinter. Taake. Spotify Amazon: 3.
Nov 13, · Taake - Orkan Country: Norway Album: Noregs Vaapen Official site: faharderimarneusobisecocontge.co i do not own this music or picks.
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