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Review: Nomans Land - The Last Son of the Fjord
Nomans Land
www.nomansland.ru
The Last Son of the Fjord

Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year released: 2000
Duration: 35:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Viking Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Nicholas Lazarus
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The Last Son of the Fjord

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Nomans Land is a band that produces solid Viking metal with a Slavic touch. The songs are moderately paced, and project a nonchalant feel. The band is by no means aggressive, but not lethargic. Maintaining a median tempo throughout, the band manages a reflective, but not bitter tone. It's a challenge to describe the atmosphere and tone of these Russian Vikings.

Though devoid of folk instruments, the music seems to come foremost from a folk background. There's no blistering picking, or shredding. Nor is there any kind of rhythm, melodic pattern, or even vocal style exclusive to metal.

It's easy to imagine just about every song as being a cover of a Russian folk song. The riffs are melodic in a way that seems derived from a fiddle. The vocals a considerably deep and robust singing. Many songs are in traditional folk 3/4 time, and the drumming has a flair also derived from an older style.

The album feels quickly ended, but I prefer it be too short than too long. The riffs are memorable, the songs have a solidarity about them, and the calming atmosphere is a especially enjoyable.


Track Listing:
  1. The Last Son of the Fjord
  2. The Swan Road
  3. Back Home
  4. The Call of Ancestors
  5. Nomans Land
  6. Two Fathers
  7. In the Skin of a Bear
  8. Ale
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