|Review: Hardingrock - Grimen|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 3, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
A person like Ihsahn needs no introduction. Heidi S. Tveitan maybe, unless you're familiar with Star of Ash and/or Peccatum. Fiddler Knut Buen might be for us a stranger but in Norway, he is a well known figure, completing this trio called Hardingrock.
No, this is not a rock or hardrock band but, knowing Ihsahn, you must expect some Black Metal references with a cool touch of avant-gardism. If you then include a fiddler into the scene, well for sure you have an interesting result at the other end. The words and melodies evolve around traditions and myths. All the lyrics are in their native tongue and I would think the spoken words and done in Old Norse. Incorporating in the same compositions elements of metal, classical and folk is not without creating a progressive edge, besides the fact that they are using a progressive approach and time signatures once and a while. "Daudingen" and "Faens Marsj" are references in this matter. You can hear quite a few nice folksy numbers like: "Margit Hjukse", "Grimen" and "Huldreslatten (Bygdatraen)." Acoustic guitars matching perfectly with piano parts , female vocals and cool electronics is what awaits the music lover.
So there is plenty to enjoy on Grimen as long as you as you can appreciate creative music.
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