|Review: Miellnir - Incineration Astern|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2014
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: June 24, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Longships are on their way toward new victories and nations are about to be mercilessly and ruthlessly enslaved and slaughtered by brutal Viking raids, this time coming from the shores of the Ukraine in the form of Miellnir, a 4-piece act that declares war in the name of Viking Metal.
On Incineration Astern, Miellnir approach their Viking Metal unlike your Amon Amarths and the like. They sound a bit different compared to the rest of the Viking pack. At times they remind me of Finland's Amorphis due to the combination of strongly melancholic parts with easily accessible piano interludes ("Journey Through the Nine Worlds" for example) while at other times they seem to have a true pagan campfire feast happening, Finntroll style ("Ugar-buhlo"). However, I like the opening tracks "Incineration Overture" (which is an intro) and especially "Prey" because with these songs they sink their Viking blades most deeply.
The last four songs are considered bonus material as Miellnir recorded them earlier than the first five songs. These songs sound a bit more stripped down and not so original or unique when compared to the first half of the album, plus they lack heaviness in the production department.
The celebration horns are filled for Miellnir because of their strong achievements on Incineration Astern. They are on their way. Are you ready?
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