The three tracks by Kjeld follow their lone 2015 albym Skym and a 2015 split with Cirith Gorgor. The music is fierce and fiery, augmented by a maniacal vocal delivery and riveting drumwork, and the surging riffs are equally attention-grabbing, ranging from venomous and barbaric in their atmosphere to sweeping and majestic, with the melancholy grandeur of the latter passages enhanced by waves of soaring, mystical ambience. The songs are a great blend of frenzied intensity and compelling, evocative melody.
Like Kjeld, Wederganger released a full-length album in 2015, named Halfvergaan ontwaakt, and they participated in a split with Laster that was released last May. Wederganger’s two tracks make for a fine complement to Kjeld’s songs. There’s a swinging rhythm and a hooky opening riff in “Laaiende Haat”, which then alternates with bursts of savagery, just as ugly, cracked-ice vocals alternate with somber, near-operatic clean vocals. The song segues into a rocking back-beat without losing the music’s pervasive atmosphere of grimness. before one final burst of cold seething and swarming.