It is a really long time ago that I heard a good Viking metal album. The last time that I heard Viking metal was at a genius concert of Thyrfing in the Biebob. For me Manegarm is not a stranger so I am happy that I have to write a review about their latest album. Below you can read my analysis regarding this band.
Over eight years ago this Swedish band was formed. Their intention was to play fast and primitive metal with lyrics in their native language. Indeed they play fast and primitive but the lyrics are also in English. In the meantime these gentlemen have two demo's and two full-length albums on their name. Their third album is for sale at the better music shops from the 28th of august. And if you are fast you can buy one of the thousand digi-packs. The artwork is done by well-known Kris Verwimp ( Marduk, Immortal, Thyrfing) and looks really pretty. The artwork fits also really good with the album title ''Dodsfard'' (Death Journey).
The artwork and the album title say enough about the lyrics. Manegarm is inspired by Viking legends. You can find subjects like sagas, myths and trolls back in the lyrics. They produced an album with a lot of folk influences and less black metal then we can hear on the previous albums. I would describe the band as a more rawer and faster version of Vintersorg. The tracks are well balanced. Each track is different and there are many unexpected moments in the tracks. This album contains a lot of variety; clean vocals, folk influences, black metal influences, fast parts and melodic parts. The high point is the low boredom factor.
02 I Evil Tid
04 Agirls Vrede
09 Pagan War
10 Ursjalens Visdom