Oct 28, 2018

Skálmöld (2018) Sorgir 'Review'

Band: Skálmöld
Country of Origin: Iceland
Genre: Folk metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Digipak
Length Approx.: 54:00 min.
Release Date10-12-2018
Release Label: Napalm Records

IR Classification: Good (4.0 / 5)

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They project their ferocity and aggressiveness brilliantly.

Skálmöld is bringing their fifth full length titled "Sorgir," which means (Sorrow) and as they are accustomed to their lyrics in their native language Icelandic, I find it hard to ignore all their previous recordings especially "Börn Loka" (Loki's Children) released in 2012 because of it's unique sound and wonderful melodies overflowing along the album, contrasting with the epic raw vocals and chants, making it hard to escape from their sound, moving us on their latest album we can appreciate a wrapping dynamic.

The album lasts about fifty-four minutes including nine tracks, all of them are well structured with an anthem feeling, great guitar solos, vigorous drum work to match perfectly the rhythmic section, neat bass lines and of course chants! lots of them backing up the unforgettable harsh vocals, I have not taken the time to translate the songs, but I wouldn't surprise at all for its content. Another great Viking story, the first track "Ljósið " (The Light) has a solid crushing riff which is repetitive in some way, but not annoying, "Sverðið" (Sword) slows down the pace and approaches us more with a grief feeling and the choirs are full of regret. "Brúnin" (The Edge) once again picks up the intensity with a tremendous riff and a superb guitar solo, the drumming is effective as well as simple. "Skotta" is another great song here they display a powerful collective chant very emotive, "Gangári" (Gangs) has a catchy melodic riff, something you will enjoy. "Móri" seriously feels like it doesn't belong to this album in my opinion, it sounds very repetitive, tedious and also long. Then comes "Mara," it could be suffering the same symptoms as the previous track, however this track is more energetic, versatile and keeps you engaged with its folk vibe and a the most beautiful guitar solo in the album. The closing track in the Digipack version is "Höndin sem veggina klórar" (The Hand that Scratches the Walls) is subtle containing the fury that carries with itself, sounds heavy and vastly inspired.

Skálmöld is one of the few bands that knows how to project their ferocity and aggressiveness brilliantly. Something that has been there from the very beginning, they know how to handle and deliver each note, sometimes in a dropper and sometimes a full and stimulating dose, I can tell you this "Sorgir" is absolutely a good album. Musically seems like they have decided to expand their songwriting spectrum, adding more thrashy riffs and grooves in their rhythmic section, but without losing their own identity; However, there are few issues (repetitiveness and length) that forbid me to rank higher this album.

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Track List:

01. Ljósið │ 02. Sverðið │ 03. Brúnin │ 04. Barnið │ 05. Skotta │ 06. Gangári │ 07. Móri │ 08. Mara │ 09. Höndin sem Veggina Klórar

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