Nettlecarrier are a Norwegian black metal band evoking the hey-day of bands like Mayhem and Dakrthrone, but cutting out all the bullshit to create the perfect example of modern black metal.
Nettlecarrier shares members with fellow Norwegian band Djevel, as well as featureing prolific drummer Dirge Rep (Aka Per Husebø) who has provided blast beats for bands such as Enslaved and Gorgoroth. Like Djevel, Nettlecarrier create classically Norwegian-sounding black metal atop a foundation of pure rock n roll groove and heavy metal swagger: no shoe gaze introspecting, falsified lo-fi production, stupid symphonic crap, or technical wankery here; Just solid, blistering black metal.
The majority of tracks maintain a breakneck pace. Songs like 'The Boiling Blood' and 'I Helvete Kristus skal Forgaa' are filled with tremolo picking and blasting drum beats. But it isn’t non-stop chaos; Nettlecarrier change things up with interesting moments, such as an absolutely evil sounding spoken word passage in the middle of 'Paa Vaare Paaler Deres Hoder.' Some songs slow the grind down to a blackened churn, with 'Naar Han Vaakner' and 'Demoriel' sounding more like Autopsy than Mayhem.
I feel like a large portion of black metal bands these days are more concerned with their image or status than they are creating good music. Nettlecarrier, while still maintaining a certain level of kvlt mystery, are clearly more worried about creating good music than anything else. Though their self-titled debut doesn’t push the boundaries of the genre, Nettlecarrier still exemplifies everything great about it and will not disappoint.
Posted: Mon 1 October 2012