Noregs Vaapen, the latest offering of blackened mayhem from Norway’s TAAKE, was unleashed to North American fans via Candlelight Records yesterday, November 1. In celebration of its long-anticipated release, a full stream of the record is currently available via The Onion’s A.V. Club at THIS LOCATION.
Produced by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Dead To This World, The Batallion, Helheim, Vulture Industries, etc.), and featuring guest appearances by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Attila Csihar (Mayhem) and Demonaz (Immortal), TAAKE again crush ears with new twists on their trademark black metal sound by incorporating black ‘n’ roll grooves, mellotron and banjo. The A.V. Club called the outing, “an impeccably raw, morbidly melodic disc that erupts spasmodically into jagged grooves and soaring choruses,” MetalSucks dubbed it a “strong contender for black metal album of the year…” and Blistering championed the effort saying, “Noregs Vaapen should become TAAKE’s staple release, the product of a band (or one man, rather) finally hitting its creative stride.” Metal Underground shared the sentiment: “Noregs Vaapen is a solid album that should appease the ravenous black metal hordes,” while Metal Review added, “Noregs Vaapen is filled with engaging songwriting and surprising left-turns, and brims with an enthusiasm and vitality that was somewhat lacking in its predecessor.”