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Review: Helheim - Asgards Fall
Asgards Fall

Label: Dark Essence Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 33:08
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 28, 2011
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (16 Votes)

Helheim released this MCD as an appetizer while waiting for the next full-length. We find three new/exclusive tracks, a re-recording of previously released "Jernskogen", as well as "Dualitet og Ulver", which will appear on the new album.

I’ve had a bit of a problem in the past considering Helheim a Viking metal act. Even though they show similarities with that genre, I consider them more like a progressive/black metal horde. Now, with this new music, things are clearer than before – at least in the first part of the disc. "Helheim part 7" is only composed of mouth harp, percussions and wicked harsh vocals; not much of a prog tune isn’t it? The bulk of this work is built around the "Asgards Fall part 1, interlude and part 2" series. Now we’re talking Viking metal! Part 1 is an epic composition introduced by clean arpeggios and includes wind samplings, distorted guitar work, harsh vocals, calmer musical breaks as well as some clean vocals. The interlude is a short instrumental composed with clean guitar parts. Part 2 is the real deal here. Epic choirs, wicked vs. clean vocals, juicy riffs, lead guitars, thunder and fire samplings and speech in their native tongue telling their Nordic tales. "Dualitet og Ulver" also bears an epic feel and has a faster tempo. The closing track, "Jernskogen" is a straightforward, furious piece of black metal filled with crazy guitar tones.

Norway and extreme music of superior quality going together, one cannot be disappointed with this cool band.

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