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Review: Svartskog - With Fire and Sword
With Fire and Sword

Label: NHR Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 43:51
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: December 21, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
With Fire and Sword

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (10 Votes)

A lot of reviewers dismiss NS bands out of hand, so I always try to give them a fair listen when promos of this kind land on my desk. Svartskog is one guy from Russia who moved to Canada and produces extremely derivative low-fi Black Metal with vague Viking overtones. I'd like to say something good about this, but there's not much to say. The guitars are thin and trebly, the drums are a machine, the ‘folk' sounds are keys, and the vocals are a standard croak. So many bands from Darkthrone on down have ploughed this furrow that there is nothing new left to dig up. So this is pretty bad. It does nothing you have not already heard, and it doesn't do it very well either.

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