|Review: Forn Valdyrheim - Reminisce Eternity|
Year released: 2005
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Review online: June 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)
This a debut from Forn Valdyrheim, who despite the viking-ish name are from Queensland, Australia. Since this is the same neighborhood that spawned the mighty Astriaal, I was hopeful this would be another unsung masterpiece of underground Black Metal. Well, not quite, but Forn Valdyrheim are not bad.
The band puts their sound together well, falling somewhere between older Emperor and maybe a more relaxed Marduk. The sound is pretty good, with a solid recording job, and the whole has the epic feel they were obviously going for. The problem they have is with their riffs, which are not bad, but FV took the 'epic' thing too far without the riffs to back it up. One riff repeated over and over for three or four minutes can be gotten away with, but seven or eight minutes is too damned long. Too many of these songs have the same kind of simple scaling riffs repeated far too many times. Some of the secondary melodies are nice, but they are not used nearly enough to let the songs get away from the overuse of the main riff. By the end of each song, you are so sick of the damned riffs you never want to hear another one, and then the next song is built around a riff that sounds almost exactly like it. Arrgh! The vocals are a monotone rasp that is not bad by any means, but it drones on and on with no variation or letup, much like the riff-work.
So overall, FV have created a decent album of melodic Black Metal that starts well, but overdoes it. For background music this is fine, but it just is not that enthralling, and on repeated listens it is actively irritating. If this band can either tighten their arrangements, or find ways to write long songs without so much repetition, then their next effort should be worth hearing.
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