The second release from Gaahl’s project, Trelldom, completely blew away their first album upon its original release in 1998, causing a stir in the Black Metal scene worldwide. The music found here is relatively basic, power-chord riffing black metal – evil as fuck, and done really well, with the right Necro attitude.
The aspect which sets this apart is the presence of Gaahl’s vocals. He has such a wide range of sounds, that you can’t even recognize him at times. With as many vocals layers as are used here, some tracks end up with a wall of screaming, fixed over droning black metal riffs and pounding drums. From deranged shrieks, to clean chants, some of the tracks make the hair on the back of your neck stand up with the utter brilliance and melody of Gaahl’s contribution. Very militaristic and hateful, the music perfectly compliments the vocals.
There are a lot of great tracks here, but the favourite one has to be the final installment, “Sonardreyri”. This is a great example of drone black metal at its finest, with the said wall of oral noise.
What an amazing album this is, way ahead of it’s time.