Genre: Progressive Death Metal
One of the oldest bands in the Greek death metal scene, Nordor’s career features sparse but pompous albums and respect should be automatic to all fans who understand their importance, especially their part in the extreme sound within the borders. Little did I know that there was a new album in the works, and I just realized it has been a long time since they did anything in the studio. Caedis comes after the rather successful effort Erga Omnes from 2012, is almost half an hour long and contains the very characteristic Nordor sound that I initially had in mind I would face.
It can be described as progressive death metal, there is a considerable amount of melody and soloing around, False Prophet’s growls are the definition of spectacular death metal vocals, and the record takes you through various soundscapes while moving forward with it. The band now has three members, and the new addition is the female singer Airlia, who joined in 2015. Instead of partaking in a couple of tracks, Airlia is in fact having a big role in almost all of the facets of the record, with high pitched screams that often join the deeper vocals, and at times follow the tones of the guitar lines as well (for example in “Naphtha”).
Caedis has a clean and dominant production and it is especially crushing during the more intense death metal parts. In the middle of the album, there is a rant by False Prophet completely in Greek, with various sound effects, which shows his religious / social but vitriolic mindset, while great musical ideas can be found in tracks like “Allegorian” or “Integer”. I would prefer a lesser use of blast beats, which are almost constantly keeping company to the guitars during the heavy moments, even though Caedis surely touches a melodic side as well.
The repetitive drumming also downgraded the last track of the record a bit, which is a recreation of Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” (a track that probably, all people on earth have heard once), but it doesn’t add up to bad musicianship. Caedis works well and it flows properly, it is well written, but also has a couple of distinct flaws that didn’t change my mind on how “Erga Omnes” is still their best work. For what it is, its content lives up to the expectations and at several times, it is as devastating as it should have been.