METAL ARMY is honored to unveil the full album stream of the mighty VREID‘s brand new album, Welcome Farewell, which doesn’t officially drop until next Tuesday 3/5/13. The fine people at Indie Recordings made this possible with some ritual magic added by our coven mates for eternity, EarsplitPR. Hailz!
Read the press notes below and jam this Black`N Roll masterpiece all weekend long. If you dig what you hear, you can pre-order the album here.
Welcome Farewell is the latest release from Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID. The follow-up to 2011’s Norwegian Grammy-nominated album V, which Decibel Magazine called, “…VREID’s finest hour,” was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is set for North American release via Indie Recordings March 5, 2013.
Described by Metal Hammer UK as a “unique time-travel in metal,” commending their merge of ‘70s rock, ‘80s classic metal and Norwegian black metal, with the eight-track Welcome Farewell VREID again add a new twist to their already difficult-to-pinpoint sound. Comments Hváll of the new material, “It’s been a lot of work, but we are utterly pleased with the result. ‘Dark,’ ‘heavy’ and ‘VREID’ are the three keywords to describe it.”
VREID formed in 2004 following the demise of ‘’Sognametal” legends WINDIR. Some described their music as a fusion of WINDIR’s ambiance, the rawness of Norwegian black metal and the molten groove of SEPULTURA, METALLICA and MOTÖRHEAD blended with historically inspired lyrics. Their third and fourth offerings, I Krig and Milorg, were both concept albums based around the liberation work in Norway during World War II. Liberation was also the keyword on V, but put in a broader historical/philosophic perspective. The lyrics on Welcome Farewell describe a lifecycle through a series of short stories, seen from an existential point of view and, inspired by Hváll’s own local community with its nature, architecture and historical artists such as Arne Garborg and Otto Valstad, are more personal than ever before.
Hváll – Bass
Sture – Vocals/Guitar
Strom – Guitar
Steingrim – Drums
(EDITOR’s NOTE: THE FREE ALBUM STREAM ENDED ON 3/4/13. PLEASE BUY WELCOME FAREWELL FROM THE LINKS BELOW)