|Review: Nomans Land - Farnord|
Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year released: 2009
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: October 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.3/5 (66%) (10 Votes)
Fourth album for Nomans Land, a band who has the potential for greatness, but remains frustratingly second-tier. This is a better album than their last one, 2006's Raven Flight, but still does not gel the talent of this band into a cohesive package. Nomans Land play heavily folk-inflected Viking Metal, and they are some of the greatest riffmasters ever, producing song after song of addictive folk riffs that can't be beat. The downside it that their songwriting overall is pedantic and repetitive, and the vocals of frontman Hjervard are a completely featureless rasp that drags down the music with its one-dimensional delivery. The clean vocals are better, but still have nothing to really distinguish them, and they are severely underused. The riffs here are so tasty and catchy they this will initially sound like a great album, but repeated listens reveal the shallowness of the overall compositions and keep this from being a classic. A band with limitless potential that could still make a great album, but until then we will have to settle for good.
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