SKÁLMÖLD

Sor­gir NAPALM

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More stir­ring hymns to the glo­ri­ous, frozen North

Proud pur­vey­ors of their own uniquely stir­ring strain of Vik­ing metal, Skalmöld have long taken their own, cir­cuitous route to­wards the ex­pected sonic and lyri­cal tenets of this ill-de­fined sub­genre. As with their pre­vi­ous four al­bums, Sor­gir is a bom­bas­tic and know­ingly overblown paean to Ice­land’s mys­te­ri­ous past; full of Maiden-es­que gui­tar har­monies, rous­ing choirs and ur­gent, in­ci­sive riffs that owe as much to mid-tempo thrash as they do to any­thing more ar­cane. But even at its most tra­di­tional (see Barnið’s none-more-clas­sic mid-sec­tion for de­tails!) Sor­gir crack­les with its cre­ators’ finely honed iden­tity. Whether in full-on long­boat as­sault mode on the ma­raud­ing, mid-paced Lsjósið or ex­plor­ing more ex­pan­sive dy­nam­ics on clos­ing tour-de­force Mara, the power of the mes­sage and the sin­cer­ity of the mes­sen­gers car­ries ev­ery stir­ring en­sem­ble splurge for­ward to Val­halla with max­i­mum up­lift. FOR FANS OF: EINHERJER, TYR, UNLEASHED

DOM LAWSON

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