My favorite part of the video is near the end when black blood pours from the nose of the skull above the doorway, morbidly disgusting!

Naglfar has always been one of my favorite black metal bands. These Swedish juggernauts have been considered ‘The kings of the melodic black’ since they first formed way back in 1992.

The group has released six full length albums but then went silent after 2012’s Téras. I honestly thought Naglfar was finished. I lamented the loss every year when clearing snow from my driveway, a flask of Jack Daniels and the Harvest (2007) album playing through my headphones.

Now, Naglfar has returned from the pit of darkness. A new album, Cerecloth, is due out on May 8th via Century Media Records. A music video for the song “Vortex Of Negativity” has been unveiled.

Music videos and black metal rarely go hand in hand. The dark emotions are always seemingly lost in translation but this recent offering by Naglfar is an exception. A performance offering with some bleak undertones, this video mirrors challenges we face today. Who is the masked creature?

Perhaps a draug, an undead creature from Norse mythology, also known as aptrganga or aptrgangr, literally translated as “again-walker” or maybe this is the custom of a plague doctor. An outfit used in France and Italy in the 17th century. The purpose of the mask was to keep away bad smells, known as miasma, thought to be the principal cause of the plague, before it was disproved by germ theory.

The poisonous riffs of Naglfar are obnoxiously infectious. Featuring solo work pretentious enough to conjure a demon! My favorite part of the video is near the end when black blood pours from the nose of the skull above the doorway, morbidly disgusting!

Naglfar is back with a vengeance. I urge you to check out “Vortex Of Negativity” and let this toxic chant blacken you! \m/

Naglfar are:

Kristoffer W. Olivius – Vocals
Marcus E. Norman – Guitar
Andreas Nilsson – Guitar

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