Svipdagr are a band from Spain that plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "To Torment The Men" which was released by War Productions.
Atmospheric soundscapes and grim black metal screams start of the album before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave tradition.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with most of the tracks having a brief intro to them and clean vocals are also used briefly and as the album progresses classical guitars along with a small amount of stringed instruments are added into certain sections of the recording and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length and one of t he intros adds in a small amount of spoken word parts.
Svipdagr plays a style of black metal that is very raw in the second wave tradition while also adding in classical guitars they give the music more of an nature orientated feeling, the production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover darkness, anti religion and historical themes.
In my opinion Svipdagr are a very great sounding raw black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Grace Of God" "June 2nd 1358" and "Unfinished Spirit" and "Hell Dark Workshop". 8 out of 10.