|Review: Fimbultyr - Gryende Tidevarv|
Label: Unexploded Records
Year released: 2008
Review online: September 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
A did a review of a German band called Fimbulthier in the past, so I was mistakenly thought this promo was from the same band at first. Not a problem as such, because both bands are great! In the case of Fimbultyr, we have a young Swedish band founded in 2005 by guitar players Niclas and Oskari. After self-releasing their Andiösa Fragor demo in 2006, Fimbultyr is now taking the world by storm with a great debut full length called Gryende Tidevarv . This band has now a complete line up, with six musicians, including a keyboard player.
Their work could be seen as melodic Folk/Viking Metal, and I was real happy this promo landed home, thanks to our editor and site owner, Michel! There is simply nothing bad to be heard on this disc, only great compositions written by talented musicians with excellent songwriting skills. Not overly relying on the fast paces, but more into writing some cool mid-fast tempo songs, usually lasting around four /five minutes. Still, the epic touch is very present, done either by symphonic keyboards, samplings, chants and so on. On the other hand, the acoustic guitars add the much appropriate folk ambiances in quite a few, but never enough for me, spots throughout this recording. Excellent rasps, growls, tight and punchy drums, strong bass, crunchy riffs, tremolo picking and some solos just about complete the great Nordic scenery. Some of the songs I really liked are: "...Ur Fördärv", "Narstrand" and "Gudars Vedergällning".
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