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Review: Shieldwall - Lloegyr

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 56:35
Tracks: 10
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

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

The moment I found out about Shieldwall, I knew this would be a band for me. A look at the band's logo and cover art, and it becomes very clear as to what their musical direction could be.

Do you think this stuff is epic? You bet it is! Shieldwall is a four metal warriors act hailing from the UK. Lloegyr is the band's debut on Sword Song Records. You're instantly projected into medieval times the moment this CD starts playing, and this ambiance remains omnipresent throughout the opus. The very epic keyboards and accordion of Talesin the Bard are greatly responsible for creating this type of atmosphere as well as the clean and rough vocals of The Pendragon. There are no such things as rasps or growls here, but efficient and decipherable rough voices, suiting the musical direction perfectly. Clean leads, discrete riffs and strong bass lines are the work of Bors the Forkbearded. Lastly, but not least, the thundering work of Noface Bloodaxe. Now, we are all set for a journey into the epic Folk/Viking Metal world. Off the en tracks, two are short instrumentals, namely "Onwards we March" and "Journey Across the Bridge". The eight songs all use the aforementioned elements, and they are pretty much following a mid-paced tempo. The fastest moments include hyper blast double basses, which I believe don't suit the medieval mood, due to a rather mechanical sound being then produced. Neither acoustic guitars nor epic chants are used, but some battlefield samplings are present on "Blood and Iron". Blacksmith's work opens one of my favorite tracks, the catchy song named "The Sword". Great tunes are to follow, such as "Four Warriors", "Death in the Maiden's Arms" and "The Ancient Ways".

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