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Review: Sig:Ar:Tyr - Godsaga

Label: Morbid Winter Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 57:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Viking Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (18 Votes)

I had the chance to listen to and review the previous albums released by Sig:Ar:Tyr, so it was a pleasure to get a chance to do the same with this new album. Daemonskald is the sole captain behind this Viking ship.

On Godsaga, the artist took all the winning elements from the earlier material and brought them to the next level. The songwriting has matured; the feel is darker, without compromising the melodious and epic feel. This new release is based upon the tales of Egil's saga as well as Odin's sacrifice on Yggdrasil. While the darker, harsher and crunchier tones are more present, Daemonskald keeps on using the organic sound produced by acoustic guitars. This greatly appreciated instrument always comes in handy to bring up the atmospheric, epic, folkloric or harmonious level in music. As a matter of fact, you'll find four instrumentals to appreciate the guitar sound even more, as well as some nice ambient keyboards: "Nights All Nine", "Black Sun Bane", "Sonatorrek" and "Distant Northern Shore". There are also quite a few of those long musical breaks throughout the opus. Don't go about thinking the vocals are bad, not at all and either his rasps nor epic chant are what you'd expect to hear in folk/Viking metal.

Godsaga is the best artistic work from Sig:Ar:Tyr so far and this act only gets better with every release. A no brainer for the folk/Viking metal fans out there!

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