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Review: Galar - Til Alle Heimsens Endar
Til Alle Heimsens Endar

Label: Dark Essence Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 42:41
Tracks: 7
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Til Alle Heimsens Endar

Rated 4.75/5 (95%) (4 Votes)

Norway strikes again! The land of countless great acts and releases has just got a newborn. Galar is a duo made of: M.Kristiansen on rasps, guitars and bass; B.Lauritzen on clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano. Already you can see this is an atypical band. To complete the line-up, they recruited Phobos (Aeternus, Gravpal) on drums as well as numerous musicians on violins, cello, double bass as well as a female vocalist.

Til Alle Heimsens Endar is a concept album based around the best known Norse saga of Vikings: Snorri Sturlusson's "Heimskringla". The lyrics were all naturally written in Norwegian. Here we have just another talented act writing and playing what Norway is best at: great black metal with a pagan/folksy vibe. This melodic saga is not just a simplistic barbarian Viking soundtrack. It does have the harsher vocals, distorted guitars, fast paces with tremolo picking leads of course, but there are more reasons to rejoice! Indeed, with all those organic instruments, it could hardly be otherwise than pleasantly melodic, and those instruments are omnipresent as well as the clean epic vocals. As if that was not enough, the acoustic guitar graces quite a few tracks, in good Nordic tradition. Not even a slightly bad composition on this one, just plenty of great Norwegians hymns. To name but a few goodies would be unfair for the rest of the tunes.

Sit down, relax and enjoy the Nordic journey.

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