|Review: Svartsot - Ravnenes Saga|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: January 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
...and this is their debut album! Can't wait to see what they'll sound like in a few years!
I just love Folk Metal and this Danish horde that goes by the name of Svartsot is of course listed as friends on Myspace. Svartsot is a six pack of talented musicians who handle, besides the dynamic metallic trio of course, more organic and traditional instruments like mandolin, acoustic guitars, percussions and flutes (whistles). The vocals of ClausB. Gnudtzmann are of the beastie growls type with occasional rasps. Two guitar players account for a very heavy and crunchy wall of riffing and folksy leads whereas strong bass and muscular drumming beat the Viking pulse. The epic/folkloric ambiance is floating across the board here and I love just about all the compositions crafted by these folks. Of course, I would have enjoyed more acoustic guitars, but at least I could find some enjoyable parts on "Jotunheimsfaerden, Hedens Dotre" (my overall favorite) and "Havets Plage." An air of humppa is celebrating their savage victories on a couple of occasions ("Nidvises" and "Havets Plage").
Contrary to bands like Fintroll, these folks don't believe speed must always be prevalent, to my greatest pleasure. All hails to Svartsot!
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