Vreid is a band that needs no introduction on The Metal Advisor. Near the site's inception, I remembered just how much Milorg blew me away--two years after its release date--with a layered, intimate portrayal of Norway's struggles with the Nazis during WWII. The record had me embark on a massive recommendation spree, passing off specific tracks to anyone who would listen, and I even went on to see the band in 2013, with two good friends in tow.
The record released that year, Welcome Farewell, was admittedly a step down, but that effected the concert little. The band was simply sublime in their execution of each track and had a well calculated approach in how they engaged a small, but eager, crowd. And while Welcome Farewell didn't exactly hit the spot like Milorg did, the record was still an interesting, intellectual entry in the band's discography. From the cover art to the standout tracks, which had a particular way of squirming into your brain, Welcome Farewell ran away with a spot on my best albums of 2013 list--which was no small feat, considering the fierce competition that year.