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Review: Slartibartfass - Funkenfeuer

Label: Ketzer Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 54:18
Tracks: 9
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 16, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (5 Votes)

This German band with a silly name have somehow put out three albums without me hearing one of them, but this is their third disc of Folk/Viking/something metal. Slartibartfass lean heavy on the folk thing, making you sit through two entire tracks of bagpipes and nature sounds before they crank up the guitars and get down to business. This is overall in the general vein of stuff like Ensiferum, Windir, or Turisas, with strummy guitar harmonies and a lot of keys. The vocals are a raspy gargle that is not offensively bad, but not really good either. When this band can stop fucking around they produce some heavy, cool stuff; but they are forever breaking for acoustic breaks, electronic noises, or ambient sound effects. So this is an album that never manages to hold a consistent mood or maintain any real momentum, as it keeps getting in the way of what it wants to say by how it is saying it. Not bad, but disjointed and spotty.

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