|Review: Wyrd - Kalivagi|
Label: Naga Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 31, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 3.69/5 (73.85%) (13 Votes)
I've been a long time follower of Wyrd's career, dating back as far as receiving a demo tape back in the late 90's when mainman Narqath was still playing in Hellkult (and sounding a lot harsher and blacker than he ever did when in Wyrd). Wyrd's sound itself has changed many times throughout their now eight album career, ranging from their early epic heathen metal journeys of harshness that were abound in Heathen and Huldrafolk, to their more recent Brave Murder Day-era Katatonia-tinged trips heard on The Ghost Album and Kammen.
Kalivägi as the bands eighth release contains plentiful aspects from the bands career, without sounding too much like any specific period of their existence. There's a still a slight blackened hue to the folky riffage, with the odd touch of keyboards which were put to great use regularly during their Vargtimmen era of works. There's even a good old fashion rock vibe in the some of the guitar solo work (notable early on in the album's title track). All the influences and eras of the band tie together beautifully to create an album which crowns the bands career to date, culminating in the highlight track of the album for me "Hämärän Soutajat" – a song that sums up the greatness of this underrated bands' career in just over 6 minutes. The folk influences take the forefront for the fourth track "Loitsulaulu", with a beefy chorus that would rouse even the most stoic of folk-hating metallers. In fact, the album as a whole is packed with huge choruses, as well as mellow acoustic interludes, touching melodies and a stroke of sadness that stains the overall feel of the release - a wholesome vibe that is a mile away from your usual mass produced major label nonsense.
Thus, Wyrd have returned once more to release an album of great quality. In a world of ‘paint by numbers' musical entities, Wyrd dare to color over the lines with a strong, honest spirit. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and discover this great band sooner rather than later, you won't regret it.
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