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Review: Himinbjorg - Wyrd

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 48:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 30, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.22/5 (84.44%) (9 Votes)

Back in the day, Himinbjorg were one of the luminaries of the French Black Metal scene around the turn of the century, but it's been five years since their last, rather forgettable album, and ten years since their one undeniable masterwork Europa. I was curious to see what this once-great band was still capable of, and I am glad to see them back in fine form with Wyrd.

This is not as varied and epic as Europa, but it's been ten years and several line-up changes since then, so I won't compare that one to this. Wyrd is full of solid Pagan/Black Metal riffing and a good mix of harsh and intoned/chanted vocals. They mix in some keys imitating traditional instruments like flutes and uilleann pipes along with some very good acoustic interludes and atmospheric flourishes. But under all that the songwriting is rock-solid and enjoyable. This won't blow your mind, but it is a fine album.

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