|Review: Svartsot - Maledictus Eris|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: August 10, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Svartsot play a very folky type of metal, complete with strings, flutes, pipes and sound effects designed to take you back to the Renaissance days. The vocals are a mix of Death growls and Black rasps that are neither distinctive nor obtrusive. They complement the music but don't add much. Their latest release, Maledictus Eris is well played and authentic sounding with a big drum sound underpinning the guitars and folk instruments.
The songs on Maledictus Eris, as well played as they are, are not particularly notable, one song sounding much like the others. The melodies are decent, but repetitious, especially the flutes which go around in circles, ad nauseum. Maledictus Eris is not a bad album, especially if you enjoy the Folk Metal style, but it isn't anything even the casual fan hasn't heard before. Set your expectations appropriately.
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