|Review: Gwydion - Horn Triskelion|
Label: Trollzorn Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: July 13, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (12 Votes)
As cultures change, so do the various types of metal music. Gwydion's journey takes them from the shores of Celtic lands to the terra firma of Portugal. Paying tribute to the foremost themes in Folk/Viking Metal, Gwydion present their second release, Horn Triskelion. It is rather hard to accept that this band does not share a closer relationship with the stories in their music. Nevertheless, as performers, they are closer than many other bands, even some native Celtic ones.
As with many Folk/Viking albums the story and atmosphere are front and center, the music taking a back seat. When a band drives this mixture to the extreme with a mish-mash of Black Metal, the music moves back to its rightful place alongside the themes. In Gwydion's case, the keyboards and vocals are the stars. While the band has both lead and rhythm guitars, the omnipresent keyboards of Daniel Cesar are firmly in the leading role. He is the driving force on Horn Triskelion and contributes greatly to its snowy magic.
That is not to say the rest of the band members are second stringers. Diverse vocalist Ruben Almeida and peers contribute their fair share to the album's success. By developing their skills over the years Gwydion continually develops new ways to express their folkish ideas. Tales of ales, battles, conquests and ancient religions are always better told with the right kind of music. Gwydion make it a worthwhile experience. Their quest for glory has spanned some 15 years and there are no signs that they are going to stop.
Melodic verses, booming choirs and unique musical landscapes all add up to Gwydion's hard Folk Metal. Listeners will gather wits with "Fara I Viking," hail the city of the Gods with "From Hel to Asgard," fight the snakes on "Oflussa (A Terra Das Serpentes)," sing along with "Mead of Poetry," join the horde of "Triskelion Horde is Nigh" and get cold with the snowy "Cold Tempered." The journey does have some stops as not everything is a bloody cherry. Yet there is something to hope for. Take a listen to the odes of keyboards and you will find your burning heart. Go on, raise your drink and take a sip of the ancient.
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