DROTTNAR
Black Metal • Norway

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DROTTNAR are a progressive/ technical black metal act formed in 1996 in Fredrikstad, Norway. The band was founded under the name VITALITY and released a couple of death metal styled demos using that name. When the band changed their name to DROTTNAR they started playing Viking Black Metal but with the release of the 2003 "Anamorphosis" EP the band had changed their style towards progressive/ technical black metal. DROTTNAR released their debut full-length studio album "Welterwerk" in 2006 through Endtime Productions. A small Norwegian label. The music on "Welterwerk" features elements from technical death metal, black metal and even the occasional fusion element. The album is a World War II concept album.

DROTTNAR are highly recommended to fans of furiously fast played and aggressive technical black/ death metal with a fusion edge.

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Endtime Productions 2014
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.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Welterwerk
Black Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Stratum
Black Metal 2012

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Anamorphosis
Black Metal 2003

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A White Realm
Black Metal 1998

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Spiritual Battle
Black Metal 2000

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Ad Hoc Revolt
Black Metal 2006
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Lucid Stratum
Black Metal 2011

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DROTTNAR Welterwerk

Album · 2006 · Black Metal
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UMUR
"Welterwerk" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian extreme metal act Drottnar. The album was released through Endtime Productions in April 2006. "Welterwerk" is lyric wise upon initial listen a World War 2 concept album, but there is a bit more to it than that. There seems to be a political and social agenda to the concept as well. The World War 2 atmosphere is further enhanced by the band posing in vintage soldier uniforms in the booklet and of course as a consequence of song titles like "Victor Comrade" and "Niemand Geht Vorbei".

The music on the album is technical black metal (or maybe technical blackened death metal is more correct) and in my experience that´s not a music style many artists practice. Imagine a combination of the twisted, gloomy and industrial tinged progressive black metal of "Supervillain Outcast (2007)" by Dødheimsgard and the technical extreme metal of "Unquestionable Presence (1991)" by Atheist and you´re half way there. The playing is on a high level by all involved. Technical precision drumming, sharp and twisted riffing (lots of dissonance) and an aggressive and raspy sounding vocalist in front. The tracks are generally complex and not necessarily memorable upon initial listen. The power of the music and the technical skills of the players are features that you instantly notice though and the tracks do start becoming more recognisable the more you listen to them, so it´s not necessarily a major weakness, but maybe a question of patience and repeated listens. Sometimes the fact that music is not instantly catchy and memorable only adds to it´s longivity, and that´s certainly the case here, as "Welterwerk" is the kind of album that you can put on and find new details on every time you give it a spin.

Most tracks on the album are in the furiously fast played and aggressive technical black/death metal style that is the band´s predominant style, but the track "Victor Comrade" is quite a bit different from the rest and works both as an album divider and as a "breather" among the busy technical riffing and chaotic atmosphere of the rest of the tracks. There is a kind of World War 2 movie soundtrack atmosphere to it with samples of people talking, a trumpet playing the lead melody, sirenes sounding, and bombs falling.

The 9 track, 52:04 minutes long album is a very well produced affair. The sound is detailed, powerful, and perfectly designed for the band´s chaotic, technical, and aggressive music. So upon conclusion "Welterwerk" is a very strong debut album by Drottnar. An incredibly aggressive and technically well played release, that they can rightfully be proud of. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

DROTTNAR Stratum

Album · 2012 · Black Metal
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Kev Rowland
It has been seven years since Drottnar’s debut ‘Welterwerk’, but at long last the Norwegians are back with their second. This is a highly impressive album, bringing together elements of technical, black, death, industrial, avant-garde and just about every form of extreme metal one can think of into something that is colossal in so many ways. The sound is incredible, large, loud and incredibly clear and concise so that one can hear just how much the bass is adding in terms of nuance, and all power to Tom Kvålsvoll (Emperor, Arcturus, Borknagar) for a wonderful job on the mastering. Although this album is technical on so many levels, with a cold bleakness that makes me think of an industrial complex in the middle of winter, there is also something that is inviting – as if there is a fire made of burning branches to welcome in the traveller.

The complexity of this music cannot be understated, with incredible note density that can give way to emotion and angst, or dischord that can almost (but never quite) give way to harmony. It is frightening; it is compelling, schizophrenic and all encompassing. This is not music for everyone, as its’ very nature will push many away, but if you want your music to be extreme yet always maintain a sensibility and power then look no further. The very first time I played this I was incredibly impressed, and repeated plays have only cemented that opinion. This could well be the extreme metal album of the year….. www.drottnar.com

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