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Vidsyn – On Frostbitten Path Beneath- Demo

Tracklist:
1. Stormsend Winter Realm
2. Take Me Up To Higher Ground
3. On Frostbitten Path Beneath
4. Evil Rises Darkness Falls
5. Battlefield

Info:
Recorded in Space Valley Studio, February 2004.
Engineered and mixed by H. Ramseth and Nattsjel.
Mastered at MLP Studio by H. Mæhlum and H. Ramseth.
Pressed: 100 copies.

Recording line-up:
Nattsjel: Guitars, Bass and Vocals.
Nocturno Culto: Vocals on "SWR” and "ERDF".
Hellhammer: Drums.
Assar: Guest Vocals on "Battlefield".
Zet: Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars.

All music / lyrics and arrangements by Nattsjel.
Layout and design by Nattsjel


Reviews

4. Rockbox
3. Heavymetal.no
2. Schwarmetall
1. Eternal Terror



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Vidsyn
On Frostbitten Path Beneath

The demo is titled “On Frostbitten Path Beneath” and its cover artwork suggest a pretty freezing atmosphere, and Tm curious if the music lives up to that. A first glance into the two-page booklet reveals some well-known contributors: Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), taking over vocal duties for “Stormsend Winter Realm” and “Evil Rises Darkness Falls”, and Hellhammer (Mayhem), who is taking care of the drums. The demo opens with a decent, yet rather unspectacular intro: crows flying in the sky, cold winds blowing over a landscape clad in snow and frost, and in between some human beings moving along with heavy steps. After 40 seconds we leave these snow-covered grounds and turn to areas heavily covered with ice... Prepare for fast-paced drumwork, some catchy and engaging guitar melodies, dominantly majestic driving riffery, and a suitably grim screaming Nocturno Culto (he also uses his clear voice " half singing, half speaking" for some seconds, but the result fails to convince me) "On Frostbitten Path Beneath” contains many sweeping, sometimes even thrashy moments, which, however, never drift into a dizzy frenzy. The drive and the hymnic character always remain in the foreground. Supported by a rather clean (but not clinical) production the music succeeds in creating a chilly natural-mystical atmosphere. During “Take Me Up To Higher Ground” Tm for the first time inclined to notice certain parallels to the German band Trimonium, yet the voice of Nattsjel spits forth much more grimness and bitterness, which better fits the hymnic feel. In my opinion “Take Me Up To Higher Ground” is too short with too many riffs the song is coming to an end just when I let myself get carried away during the final hymnic part. Here the separate parts, i.e. riffs could have been given more room to breathe. The demo continually comes up with some catchy melodies, without overegging the pudding, and mostly manages to create an appealing and hymnic drive. The title track “On Fostbitten Path Beneath” reminds me once and for all of Trimonium. The song has less melody and is more consistent, just enough to enhance the effect of this freezing hymn. I can listen to this little gem with great delight, feeling myself being taken away into icy realms (happy are those with sufficient powers of imagination, hehe). On “Evil Rises Darkness Falls” Nocturno Culto is taking over vocal duties again. He sounds clearer and much more aggressive. I cannot say which voice fits the songs better: Nocturno is more aggressive spewing or the chilly grimness of Nattsjel. At gunpoint, however, I would decide in favour of Nattsjel’s vocals, because they better manage to intensify the cold feeling, while Nocturno Culto’s counterpart somewhat flattens the songs and steals a little bit of their profile. Despite this small negative point, riffing-wise “Evil Rises Darkness Falls” is one of my favourites on the demo. An appealing icy hymn inviting the listener to linger and get drifted away! On “Battlefield” yet another vocalist (Assar) steps in. “Battlefield” is again a well-crafted hymn and thus a fitting closing for this demo. As a reflection of the music the lyrics appropriately deal with nature, frost and ice.

My conclusion: If you prefer a majestic atmosphere created by hymnic guitar melodies and if you cannot do without some drive, you should give this demo a spin, with its frosty atmosphere clearly its biggest plus. Its rating (four stars out of five) is well deserved, and as there are better bands in this genre, Vidsyn has still room to improve. Besides, I cannot understand why some people make such fuss about the vocals. Nattsjel’s grim and venomous screams would have added to the profile and atmosphere of all the songs. Anyway, with this first demo Vidsyn has aptly demonstrated its enormous potential! Check it out!


Heavymetal.no

Vidsyn
On Frostbitten Path Beneath

O' store skitne mørke gud! Jeg vil ha mer. MER hører dere!!

Makan til driv i musikken har jeg ikke hørt siden Immortal. Og tro meg dere som leser denne anmeldelsen, dette er pokker så fett. Tenk dere Immortal blandet med Kampfar så har du en perfekt blandet drink; trenger bare litt øl og alt ville være topp.

Nattsjel er mannen bak dette ambisiøse prosjektet, spiller gitar, bass og gjør vokalen på 3 av 5 spor. Med seg har en ikke den litt kjente Nocturno Culto på vokal på de 2 andre sporene, og den også ikke så litt kjente Hellhammer på slagverk.

Det kan ikke legges under en stein at Nocturno Culto gjør den beste vokalen, men når det er sagt så var Nattsjel forkjølet under opptakene. Alle vet hva det gjør med stemmen, hvertfall når man skal presse frem det grimme!

Låta "Stormsend Winter Realm" kan vel sies å være det aller feteste sporet på denne demo skiva.

For et driv ............for et driv!

Kald, norsk black metal med heavy metal riff som virkelig flår ballene ut på deg. Sånne låter vil jeg hvertfall ha mer av. Hører du Nattsjel, mer av det! Må ikke glemme tittel sporet, kanskje litt mer standard black metal der, men dog verdig en lytt. Samme med "Evil Rises Darkness Falls".

Vet ikke så mye mer hva jeg kan si jeg. Har for mye gåshud på kroppen til å klare å skrive noe mer.

Jo, forresten. Kan jo ikke glemme det. Vidsyn har nettopp signet en kontrakt med Flesh for Beast, så for mitt vedkommende vil jeg frottse i platene etterhvert som de dukker opp. Tro meg!

Nash Rothanburg


Schwarzmetall

The demo is titled “On Frostbitten Path Beneath” and its cover artwork suggest a pretty freezing atmosphere, and Tm curious if the music lives up to that. A first glance into the two-page booklet reveals some well-known contributors: Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), taking over vocal duties for “Stormsend Winter Realm” and “Evil Rises Darkness Falls”, and Hellhammer (Mayhem), who is taking care of the drums. The demo opens with a decent, yet rather unspectacular intro: crows flying in the sky, cold winds blowing over a landscape clad in snow and frost, and in between some human beings moving along with heavy steps. After 40 seconds we leave these snow-covered grounds and turn to areas heavily covered with ice... Prepare for fast-paced drumwork, some catchy and engaging guitar melodies, dominantly majestic driving riffery, and a suitably grim screaming Nocturno Culto (he also uses his clear voice " half singing, half speaking" for some seconds, but the result fails to convince me) "On Frostbitten Path Beneath” contains many sweeping, sometimes even thrashy moments, which, however, never drift into a dizzy frenzy. The drive and the hymnic character always remain in the foreground. Supported by a rather clean (but not clinical) production the music succeeds in creating a chilly natural-mystical atmosphere. During “Take Me Up To Higher Ground” Tm for the first time inclined to notice certain parallels to the German band Trimonium, yet the voice of Nattsjel spits forth much more grimness and bitterness, which better fits the hymnic feel. In my opinion “Take Me Up To Higher Ground” is too short with too many riffs the song is coming to an end just when I let myself get carried away during the final hymnic part. Here the separate parts, i.e. riffs could have been given more room to breathe. The demo continually comes up with some catchy melodies, without overegging the pudding, and mostly manages to create an appealing and hymnic drive. The title track “On Fostbitten Path Beneath” reminds me once and for all of Trimonium. The song has less melody and is more consistent, just enough to enhance the effect of this freezing hymn. I can listen to this little gem with great delight, feeling myself being taken away into icy realms (happy are those with sufficient powers of imagination, hehe). On “Evil Rises Darkness Falls” Nocturno Culto is taking over vocal duties again. He sounds clearer and much more aggressive. I cannot say which voice fits the songs better: Nocturno is more aggressive spewing or the chilly grimness of Nattsjel. At gunpoint, however, I would decide in favour of Nattsjel’s vocals, because they better manage to intensify the cold feeling, while Nocturno Culto’s counterpart somewhat flattens the songs and steals a little bit of their profile. Despite this small negative point, riffing-wise “Evil Rises Darkness Falls” is one of my favourites on the demo. An appealing icy hymn inviting the listener to linger and get drifted away! On “Battlefield” yet another vocalist (Assar) steps in. “Battlefield” is again a well-crafted hymn and thus a fitting closing for this demo. As a reflection of the music the lyrics appropriately deal with nature, frost and ice.

My conclusion: If you prefer a majestic atmosphere created by hymnic guitar melodies and if you cannot do without some drive, you should give this demo a spin, with its frosty atmosphere clearly its biggest plus. Its rating (four stars out of five) is well deserved, and as there are better bands in this genre, Vidsyn has still room to improve. Besides, I cannot understand why some people make such fuss about the vocals. Nattsjel’s grim and venomous screams would have added to the profile and atmosphere of all the songs. Anyway, with this first demo Vidsyn has aptly demonstrated its enormous potential! Check it out! ***************

Tracklist:

01. Stormsend Winter Realm
02. Take Me Up To Higher Ground
03. On Frostbitten Path Beneath
04. Evil Rises Darkness Falls
05. Battlefield

Added: Friday, April 30, 2004
Reviewer: Steiner
Score: 4/5


Eternal Terror

Vidsyn is the band of Nattsjel. You know, one of the guys who arrange the Legions Of The North festival. With him on this demo he have a couple of known guys and a couple of not so known guys. The known are Nocturno Culto, which does the vocals on 2 of the tracks. The next one is Hellhammer, which does the drums on this demo. The two other not so known guys are Assar, which do some guestvocals on one song and Zet that does some acustick 6 and 12 strings. The rest of the job does Nattsjel himself, and that is vocals on 2 songs in addition of guitar and bass. The music that Vidsyn delivers, is because of the riffs, what I like to call winter black metal. That means that it's very inspired by Immortal (RIP). The songs and the riffs are for most parts in mid-temp, but Hellhammer shift gears guite often and then comes the faster parts. Since it is winter black metal, it's cold and grim, hehe. The vocals of Nocturno Culto is well known to most, if not all, people. And his vocals suits the music of Vidsyn. Nattsjel's vocals is far more grimmer, and reminds alot of Atilla. Maby even a notch more grim.

All in all its a very strong demo, and if my memory is right, then Vidsyn allredy have a record deal in their pocket. So then its just to wait for the next chapter from Vidsyn to arrive.


Added: Saturday, May 1, 2004
Reviewer: Rune