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Review: Sig:Ar:Tyr - Beyond the North Winds
Beyond the North Winds

Label: Morbid Winter Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:33
Tracks: 9
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Beyond the North Winds

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

Sig:Ar:Tyr is yet another interesting project I discovered on Myspace. When multi-instrumentalist Daemonskald contacted me, and offered the possibility to review his new release, I was more than happy to cover it. Even more so since I never got any sort of reply from the label, Morbid Winter Records.

Beyond the North Winds is picking up pretty much where Sailing the Seas of Fate left off. To my greatest pleasure, Daemonskald still uses a lot of acoustic guitars in his song structure, thus giving his Viking Metal a nicely melodic and folksy touch. There is no single song that is not graced by those greatly organic sounds, here again to my selfish pleasure. The distorted and beefed up electric guitar and keyboard passages increase the epic feel of this album. One can hear the result of mature songwriting on Beyond the North Winds. As was also the case on the previous album, the fast acoustic leads make quite a few notes undecipherable, something I found unfortunate. The vocals range from a raspy whisper to a clean/epic style, and on the closing track, "Far Away", I could hear similarities with the Moody Blues, which is quite cool actually! No blast beats or furious paces, but a very appropriate mid to mid-fast one was carefully chosen by mastermind Daemonklad. The opening song, "King of the World", also involves Oriental tones, beside being one of my favorite compositions. To the list, I can easily add a good number of numbers such as "Sword From an Unknown Hand" and "Among the Ruins" (two very nice instrumentals); the already mentioned "Far Away" as well as the title track.

Beyond the North Winds is another very good opus of Folk/Viking Metal from the Great White North.

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