VREID – Milorg

Though the work of Norwegian black metal band WINDIR was well regarded for its time, the years have been far kinder to VREID, which rose from the ashes of WINDIR back in 2004 after the demise of the band’s frontman Valfar. Over the course of four LPs, VREID (Norwegian for “wrath”) have committed themselves to carrying their black metal roots with them, whilst tempering that white-hot fire with some cool-as-fuck alternate elements, the most electric of which is the inclusion of righteous, 70s styled rock.

Milorg takes this torch and runs with it, serving as VREID‘s finest and most self-actualized work to date. It’s here where the quartet (ex-WINDIR members Hvall on bass, drummer Steingrim and guitarist/vocalist Sture, alongside guitarist Ese) perfect their working class black ‘n roll aesthetic, resulting in the culmination of a journey: an album which defines a band and its theme.

Take the awesomely-titled track “Speak Goddamnit“, for example. Martial might abounds, tempered with a weird, but endearing bounciness which almost comes across as a diehard and dead serious FINNTROLL, if that makes any sense. Elsewhere, “Disciplined” rocks in a similar fashion (even featuring some tuneful clean vocals), whereas “Alarm” sets the band’s frosty Norse BM on the table, proving that VREID are on to something which they can truly call their own.

Milorg is a refreshing listen, indeed, and proves a solid purchase for any self-respecting underground minion. (Indie Recordings/The End Records)

VREID to Release Milorg October 27th; Touring U.S. in November

On October 27th, 2009, Indie Recordings will be releasing VREID‘s Milorg in North America with distribution and marketing duties handled by The End Records. Praised by both fans and critics across Europe, Milorg showcases a unique sound that fuses dark atmospheric sounds with raw, aggressive rock-infused black metal.

Born out of the ashes of the mighty WINDIR, VREID made an impact on the European metal scene, yet it wasn’t until 2007’s I Krig that the band took it to the next level by incorporating elements of Norwegian folk music and 70’s classic rock, while still keeping their Norwegian metal roots intact.. To accompany the release of Milorg, VREID are taking their mind-blowing live show to U.S. shores in November as part of Heathenfest with ELUVEITE, BELPHEGOR, ALESTORM, and KIVIMETSAN DRUIDI, dates are listed below.

Nov. 03 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 04 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Nov. 05 – Montreal, QC – Le National
Nov. 06 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater
Nov. 07 – Cleveland, OH – Peabodys
Nov. 08 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
Nov. 09 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Nov. 10 – Chicago, IL – Jaguar Club
Nov. 12 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Nov. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 14 – Orlando, FL – TBA
Nov. 16 – San Antonio, TX – Warehouse Music Venue
Nov. 17 – Ft Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater
Nov. 18 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Nov. 19 – Tempe, AZ – The Sets
Nov. 20 – Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theater
Nov. 21 – San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
Nov. 22 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Nov. 23 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Nov. 25 – Vancouver, BC – Red Room