|Review: Manegarm - Dödsfärd|
Label: Displeased Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: August 16, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)
If you like Folk Metal of the extreme variety, this is the shit. Manegarm are one of those Black/Folk/Viking outfits so kvlt they can't even be bothered to write songs in English most of the time. This is their third CD, and it's really very cool.
The one thing I have to say I really like about this CD that distinguishes it from other folky BM albums is that it's meaner. I like folk metal, but a lot of it is a bit laid-back and melodic. I like "Dodsfard" because it has a really vicious edge to it, and the lyrics to the two English songs on here bear out that this is not a happy-happy band. I like that. This is furious Black Metal with a folky edge and a nasty attitude.
I wish there was more to say about it than that, but the one real flaw with this album is that it is not that memorable. I like this album a lot, but the songs don't stick no matter how many times I spin it. I suppose another minor complaint is that this is a very short CD, at just over half an hour. Not a ripoff of Krisiun-like proportions, but a bit shorter than I would have liked.
So this is a killer album for fans of the genre, and anyone who likes Black Metal but thinks folk is gay should hear this, as there is nothing lacking about Manegarm's aggression. If "Dodsfard" were a bit catchier it would be a total classic, but that's not to say it isn't a fine album. Get it.
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