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Review: Yggdrasil - Kvällningsvindar Över Nordrönt Land
Kvällningsvindar Över Nordrönt Land

Label: Det Germanske Folket
Year released: 2007
Duration: 56:44
Tracks: 9
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: February 21, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Kvällningsvindar Över Nordrönt Land

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

What a beautiful album! I wish I could get all those wonderful Folk Metal releases; past, present and future. I just love this kind of music, so close to my soul and sweet to my ears!

Yggdrasil is a young and very talented Swedish trio. Composer Magnus Wohlfart (guitars, keyboards and vocals) wrote all the music while bass player Gustaf Hagel took care of most of the lyrics. Drummer Jeremy Child also contributes his vocals, completing the trio and adding more harmonies. Guest musicians, very worthy to be mentioned for their folksy touches are: Michelle Maass (beautiful voice), Kristofer Janeic on violins with key fiddle player, Jonas Fröberg. Just plain great Folk Metal music with superb vocal harmonies, often found in epic male chant with the added delicacies of female back and front vocals. The folksy scenario would not be complete without the use of acoustic and classical guitars, which appear on each and every composition, to my selfish pleasure. They show up in intros and calm instrumental breaks or simply there for pure enjoyment. They're often accompanied by violin/fiddler and/or mouth harp, to really put you in that folksy mood. Heavier and much crunchier passages balance the ambiance to bring a touch of paganism or epic Viking edge to the soundscape, but always keeping the melodic aspect of the songwriting.

An awesome debut for Yggdrasil with top notch compositions such as: "Nordens Rike", "Frid", "Nordmark" and the closing farewell: "Alvadansen". Keep the folk flame alive!

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