Trelldom was among the legions of black metal bands that came pouring
out of Norway in the mid-1990s. Once bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and Burzum blazed a trail, the darkened hordes gathered
in the north and began doing their best to join in the assault on the light. Some were merely looking for a convenient bandwagon
to jump on, in hopes of riding the wave of notoriety that the initial bands enjoyed. In some cases, however, those that came
later actually shared some of the same sentiments, despite being latecomers. In the case of Trelldom, it would seem that they
really wanted to contribute to the overall darkness that was filling the northern skies. Released in April 1995 on Head Not
Found, Til Evighet... is the product of Gaahl's appreciation for the Second Wave
bands such as Darkthrone, Burzum and maybe even Gorgoroth.
"Endløs Vandring Gjennom Evighet" starts out with an odd
synth intro, before launching into a straightforward assault, similar to Darkthrone. Despite being quite short, it is a rather
dynamic track. The fast sections, featuring tremolo riffs and blast beats, dominate the song while there are also mid-paced
riffs that add some depth to the proceedings.
The next song is probably the best one on here. "Fullmaanens Hemmelighet"
begins with miserable screams that are reminiscent of early Burzum or even Forgotten Woods. The haunting tremolo melodies
are among the most memorable on the whole album, though interspersed with more old school riffing in the vein of old Celtic
Frost. There is a definite Darkthrone influence here, as well, but everything is worked together in such a way as to create
a coherent whole. Later on, the pace slows down and mournful riffs add to the dismal atmosphere, along with the anguished
"Disappearing Of The Burning Moon" starts out with a riff that sounds similar to something from Gorgoroth's
Pentagram. It soon shifts to faster tremolo melodies, mixed in with thrashy riffs
that seem reminiscent of Mütiilation. The pace slows down, late in the song, again giving it an increased feeling of gloominess.
Smerte Og Død" starts with fast tremolo-picked melodies and blasting drums, accompanied by tormented vocals. It definitely
carries a Darkthrone / Gorgoroth vibe, while also including some Bathory-inspired parts. There is an epic quality that attempts
to seep in, but the particular melody that bears that feeling is buried in the mix and unable to really break through. The
song succeeds in reaching such heights anyway, thanks to the mournful riffs that emerge near the end, dragging the listener
deeper into the darkness. This is another one of the more notable tracks on the album.
Next up is "Taake", which is
a shorter track that maintains a fast pace throughout. Most of the riffs here would not be out of place on Transilvanian Hunger. This is kind of average, though not bad in any way. It simply does not match the previous
song, though it is solid as can be. The intensity grows as it progresses, building a sense of tension for what is to come.
starts out with another riff with obvious Darkthrone influence. Gaahl's session musicians are quite capable players, as everything
is tight and precise, executing the musical ideas with full confidence. Though this track might seem short, it is about average
length for this release and manages to accomplish a lot over the course of its brief duration. Near the end of the song, there
is a part where the tremolo melody is alone and then joined by the rest of the instruments. This sort of technique is always
effective, and helps to allow the listener to really focus on and soak in the riff. Even once the other elements return, your
mind is solely concerned with the haunting melody.
"Chains Of Solitude" includes some miserable riffs, and does well
to convey feelings of hopelessness and sorrow. As before, despite the length, there are many variations in tempo and a decent
number of riffs utilized. This song absolutely contains the single most depressing melody of the whole album.
is followed by "Frosten Har Tint Mine Smerter", which does not have the best vocal patterns, but is still decent enough. For
a song that lasts barely more than two minutes, a lot is accomplished in this time.
The L.P. reaches its inevitable
conclusion with "Til Evighet...", which is a mid-paced track that possesses a dreary and sombre feeling, slowly crawling forth
with a deathly vibe. The open chords at the end of the riffs help to add to the miserable atmosphere. The middle of the song
is reminiscent of Celtic Frost, before shifting to a riff influenced by Burzum. This fades into a synth outro, which builds
upon the miserable feeling that weaves in and out of this album, leaving things on a dismal note.
Til Evighet... is an underrated album that does a much better job than many of the other later bands to emerge
from Norway, around this time. Though their influences are clear, they are worked into the music well enough to not detract
from what is going on and the record really has a feeling all its own. While a lot of useless albums were being spewed from
the north, during this time, this is quality material and is recommended for fans of Darkthrone, Gorgoroth and Forgotten Woods.
(6 Nov. 2011)