|Review: Skàlmöld - Born Loka|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: April 7, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Folk bands account for some really awesome denizens of the metal firmament, but for every good band, there are a thousand crap ones. Skalmold are not crap, but not great either. The opening intro is so bad with the choral backgrounds and the grunting vocals that you will want to turn it off, but things improve once the band stops screwing around and plays. Skalmold have a good, heavy sound and some pretty decent riffing, the problem is they have nothing resembling songwriting, and the songs just kind of go along with no build or resolution, they also can't keep a consistent mood, and some of the tunes are dark, while others feature wussy polka melodies. The vocals are an extremely boring death-grunt, with no real emotion or variation (Except for a few screeches that make it much worse), and the whole sound is completely played out by track 4. Boring as hell.
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