Finntroll-Blodsvept-2013-BERC

Finntroll-Blodsvept-2013-BERC
/::     Artist  :: Finntroll                                              ::\
  ::     Album   :: Blodsvept                                              ::
  ::     Year    :: 2013                                                   ::
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  ::   . Genre   :: Metal                       Source  :: CDDA        .   ::
  ::     Label   :: Century Media               R.date  :: 22.03.2013      ::
 _::__   Cat.nr. :: 9983142                     Size    :: 86,0 MB       __::_
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  /:     Encoder :: LAME 3.98.4 -V0                                        :\
 ..:     Bitrate :: avg. 278kbps                                           : .
   .     Quality :: 44,1kHz/Joint-Stereo                                   .
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         Website :: http://www.finntroll.net/

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  ::      01. Blodsvept                                          04:30     ::
  ::      02. Ett Folk Förbannat                                 03:24     ::
  ::      03. När Jättar Marschera                               04:08     ::
  ::      04. Mordminnen                                         03:25     ::
  ::      05. Rösets Kung                                        03:16     ::
  ::      06. Skövlarens Död                                     03:45     ::
  ::      07. Skogsdotter                                        04:53     ::
  ::      08. Häxbrygd                                           03:53     ::
  ::      09. Två Ormar                                          03:17     ::
  ::      10. Fanskapsfylld                                      02:59     ::
  ::      11. Midvinterdraken                                    05:37     ::
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  ..                                                         >>  43:07 min ..
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  ::      I sometimes have wondered whether or not Finntroll is proof      ::
  ::      that we live in someone's hypothetical universe. This            ::
  ::      smarmy imagineer in a banal universe somewhere may have          ::
  ::      constructed an elaborate The Producers-like scheme to            ::
  ::      produce a flop that makes him money. "How about," he says        ::
  ::      to himself, "a group of Finns, speaking in a minor dialect       ::
  ::      of Swedish, dressed up as characters from the LARP version       ::
  ::      of Changeling: The Dreaming, who make folk-influenced heavy      ::
  ::      metal, complete with a screaming madman instead of a             ::
  ::      singer! Who on earth would buy that?" Were this                  ::
  ::      hypothetical businessman able to see into our not-so-            ::
  ::      hypothetical universe he would most certainly be surprised       ::
  ::      to see that this motley menagerie of Österbottningar that        ::
  ::      fits his description are releasing their 6th full-length         ::
  ::      record in just a few days time — and it's their second on        ::
  ::      one of metal's premier labels.                                   ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      Finntroll‘s path, since adding new vocalist Vreth in 2006,       ::
  ::      has been one of remarkable consistency. In 2007, three           ::
  ::      years off the band's breakthrough record Nattfödd,               ::
  ::      Finntroll released Ur jordens djup, a dark, but serious          ::
  ::      statement of intent. This was followed up three years later      ::
  ::      by Nifelvind, a record "oozes excellence," as one smitten        ::
  ::      reviewer put it. Now in 2013 Blodsvept has landed, and           ::
  ::      while it is its own very special sort of troll, it shares        ::
  ::      some consistencies with the band's previous releases –           ::
  ::      short songs, bubbling energy, copious amounts of keyboard        ::
  ::      and an almost [Luca Turilli's] Rhapsody [of Fire]                ::
  ::      consistency in terms of song writing. A workman-like             ::
  ::      dependability that guarantees similar results every time         ::
  ::      one purchases a batch of Finntroll compositions.                 ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      There is no shame in consistency, and Finntroll does a           ::
  ::      great job of drawing together the disparate bands of their       ::
  ::      sound – the black metal, the orchestral influences and the       ::
  ::      big band jazz stuff that inches them closer to Diablo Swing      ::
  ::      Orchestra with every record – and making them work               ::
  ::      together. While "Midvinterdraken," "Fanskapsfylld" and           ::
  ::      "Blodsvept" all scream Jaktens tid and Nattfödd, songs like      ::
  ::      "Skogsdotter," and "Mordminnen" both push the band further       ::
  ::      away from that old school Thyrfing and Moonsorrow sound and      ::
  ::      into a more whimsical place. This sense of whimsy and            ::
  ::      playfulness is what made Nifelvind such a shining moment,        ::
  ::      but Blodsvept feels a bit more ‘traditional' and a bit less      ::
  ::      experimental. As a whole the record is more uniform in its       ::
  ::      feel and execution.                                              ::
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  ::      It can be safely said, though, that my desire for a more         ::
  ::      rambunctious adventure into the blending of Finnish oompah       ::
  ::      humppa and heavy metal infused swing beats, hardly               ::
  ::      disqualifies the fact that Blodsvept is chalk full of solid      ::
  ::      songs and imaginative melodies. Tracks like "När jättar          ::
  ::      marschera," or the pirate metal track "Rösets kung" still        ::
  ::      serenade listeners with addictive hooks, laced with troll        ::
  ::      choirs, banjos and assorted weirdnesses that make this me        ::
  ::      giggle like an Angry Metal School Girl. The latter track         ::
  ::      "Rösets kung," for example, features what sounds like            ::
  ::      someone humming in a bath while a choir of goblins and a         ::
  ::      stand-up bass accompany him. This evocative imagery fits         ::
  ::      perfectly for Finntroll; but that's just the icing on the        ::
  ::      cake of slick hooks, speed, intensity and crunch that keeps      ::
  ::      listeners coming back.                                           ::
  ::                                                                       ::
  ::      It's true that Blodsvept isn't as exciting as Nifelvind          ::
  ::      before it, which felt more varied and experimental than the      ::
  ::      band's current offering. But other than the record feeling       ::
  ::      a little laggy on the back end because of pacing                 ::
  ::      considerations, I have no real substantive critiques.            ::
  ::      Finntroll continue to prove that consistency is a virtue,        ::
  ::      even among Swedish-speaking Finnish trolls from a distant        ::
  ::      futures past.                                                    ::
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