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Norway Country of Origin: Norway

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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2003
Label: Head Not Found
Genre: Black, Folk, Viking
1. Resurrection Of The Wild
2. Martyrium
3. Despot
4. Blodssvik
5. Fagning
6. On The Mountain Of Goats
7. Dauden
8. Ætti Mørkna

Review by Jack on March 4, 2004.

While Windir will not win the accolade of being the most unique or groundbreaking metal act in the last few years, they have to be certain to rank amongst the top names in terms of adrenaline and tenacity.

Catchy hooks, driving drums and a particular acidic black rasp are the order of the day with Windir's "Likferd," and they do not let up for the duration of the record. To break things up a bit Windir incorporate some soaring keyboard melodies and folk inspired pieces that are introduced intermittently across "Likferd" to provide a bit of substance to an already impressive black metal outing.

Of special note is the track 'Blodssvik' which is -the- example of what black metal can be like. Not the dreary and drab 'true' Norwegian style or the rather camp symphonic black metal, but rather galloping riffs and thunderous drums providing a majestic tapestry for vocalist Valfar to wield his considerable vocal talent. This is one song that is a mandatory head-banger. \m/.

There isn't a lot more to say about "Likferd" really. If you like black metal you will definitely find some solace with Windir's "Likferd." Here simplicity reigns supreme. Windir have not overdone any feature of "Likferd." Everything has come together perfectly on "Likferd" and hopefully this record will get the recognition it deserves.

A fine black metal record with enough energy and atmosphere to keep you rocking on until the wee hours of the morn. "Likferd" should elevate Windir into the upper peaks of the black metal underground.

R.I.P. Valfar

Rating: 8 out of 10