|Review: Beorn's Hall - Estuary|
Label: Naturmacht Productions
Year released: 2018
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 12, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This band caught me by surprise, since I had never heard of them before, and quality pagan bands from the US are kind of rare. This is actually the second album for this New Hampshire band, and while it is not flawless, it is surprisingly good. This is very much of a piece with other post-Bathory bands like Morrigan, fusing Black Metal with epic song arrangements and a lot of melody and sound effects.
Some of these compositions are quite good, though they do suffer from the common ailment of not having as much identity as they could, so overall the album kind of runs together. Some of the keyboards sounds on this are quite amateur-sounding, and really should have been beefed up. The riffs are solid if not always spectacular, and the guitar sound is good. The band tends to break up the momentum of their compositions with too many acoustic interludes and bits of narration, so their thing has a hard time gathering any force behind it.
All that said, this is still an entertaining album, with a lot of good bits that just never really gel into a solid whole. A band with potential.
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