MetalBite Review by Anna on 3/8/2011
's first full-length release. They are a Dutch band self-described as "Folkloristic Black Metal". That it is.
This album has an organic sound with competent musicians and very active basslines. The vocals are nice and gritty with good power. There is occasionally some singing, and bits of everything that you would find in Folk Metal such as flutes, fiddles, primal screams, sounds of fire, and spoken word- all suspended in a base of Black and Heavy Metal. Though their sound fits perfectly in the confines of the "Folk (Black) Metal" genre, one can hear the uniqueness of their musicianship, notably in the guitar and bass-playing, and the interesting interplay between the strings on certain tracks. The music is often "festive" without that "drunken" feeling many Folk-Metal bands tend to take on (the vocal lines on 'Hoefslagen In De Verte', especially the verse, is an example of this mature, musical "sobriety"). The clean vocals here are a strong point that would definitely be worthwhile to develop.
For me this is all too much topping for my pizza as I find the 'concentrated' lack of profusion meaningful, however if "more is more" for you, and you're into Folk Metal and bands like Korpiklaani
, and even Vintersorg
, you would be wise to check this band out. "D'Olde Roop"
is not skimpy on the "folk".
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.6 out of 10