is like heroin for the folk / metal inclined
the seven piece band from Trondheim, Norway, has released there latest
work entitled "Troll".
The best way I could sum up this contribution to
the music world is Wow.
I have long liked folk / metal. But "Troll" blew me away. It
is like heroin for the folk / metal inclined.
There compositions are rich and smooth, which flow
from heavy "heroic" guitar work, to light jazz / prog rock
with a gothic touch and back. All the while holding their
definate Norwegian folk flavor. It is definately impressive.
There are several guest appearances on this album. Stian Hovland
Pedersen, a theatre actor from Trundelag, offers spoken word sections.
Andreas Elvenes (The 3rd and The Mortal) added in some vocal tracks.
Also Brass players and a string quartet can be heard, as well as the all
female choir Embla.
addictive tunes on this album have to be Dunker,
with it's heavy low rumbling guitar work and it's distinctively biting
(possibly the heaviest track on here) with it's punchy, muted riffs, and
heroic gothic flare.
Blaester, which has a march tempo /
feel to it. Complete with a little "industrial" interlude
towards the end.
Allvis opens with an absolutely
haunting piano, with just as haunting vocals and builds in to a light
jazz feel (complete with horn section) to a build with strings. To heavy
blissful harmony. Back to the eerie haunting finaly.
If you are into heavy death. This is not the album for you. But if prog/folk/gothic/metal
is your bag... then this album is a must!
The break down... An excellent work. Buy it.