The Aftermath - Bonded By Blood

Was it worth the wait?

We have been waiting for seven years on anything from Midnattsol, and in the meantime there have been rokeringer and replacements at various places, and the constellation, which you then end up with, with the two singers, I think, works something so wonderful in this context. Mayhap it would not work other places, but here do it.

I have gradually gennemhørt the album a few times, and I must say that I continue to return to the "Vem can Segla" (despite the fact that it is Swedish) and the instrumental interlude in "Evaluation of Time". The first is that beautiful, you almost get a tear in your eye and the other giving just a desire to pack luftguitaren out and play with. They are both so successful and adapted to their every isærs space on the album.

After waiting seven years on a dial, so it has just to be good. At the same time, when you're in a genre such as nordic folk metal, there are not many washers on the market, so if you want popular support for your work, it should also sit in the closet in the first blow. Be preserved, you may well use the time to refine and adapt, but it must sit there. And I think that The Aftermath makes. I can only find the one flaw with the "Vem can Segla", so I repay them with nine skulls for søskendesamarbejdet and hope for much more from their edge.

So touching the final on

Midnattsol is originally a Norwegian/German collaboration between the Norwegian Carmen Elise Espenæs and the German Christian Hector, who, with three albums behind him now finally, lets touch on again. There has been a massive replacement since the last album, The Metamorphosis Melody, and it is only Carmen who is back from the original composition. However, the style is held at the nordic folkemetal interpretation, which will be focused very much on Norwegian legends and traditions.

At the same time, have you got Carmen's sister, Liv Kirstine from among other things, Theater of Tragedy, Eluiveite and Leave's Eyes, as a permanent member of the group, which has clearly strengthened the folkemusiske part and upheld, where it is that Midnattsol belongs to.

Short, but good

Even though there are only ten songs on the album, it nevertheless 53 min and it is even with the bonus track, so it is some long numbers, we throw ourselves out in. Anyway does it bother no one. It is maintained by one or the other of the lyrical narrative, and with a wealth of both guitar solos and various melodic ones – especially the "Evaluation of Time" is a good example of this. We have just been through a stack of stories and to get people down in pace once again begin a easy trouble with a little guitar playing and some keyboard as underlægning; And then sticking it otherwise just. The drums come in, the guitar sets go up and it goes completely crazy – exactly as a genuine melodic interlude should be.

The combination of both the Norwegian and English texts provides a listening, a desire to learn more about the Norwegian sammenfund and the Norwegian history. However, there came a scurrying on the album for when it gets loaded up to the Norwegian tales and legends, it is not something that one chooses a Swedish lullaby in "Vem can Segla", which, however, is a great interpretation of a nice show, but nothing to do with Norway to make. Too bad.

In general, the production on the album superskarp, and you can also hear that there is talk about some musicians who are really passionate about their music and at the same time in the genre where they belong. Both sisters sings like a dream, and the here classical soprano voice, which belongs to folk music, control a great through the one wonderful text and song after the other. At the same time accompanies the music the two voices excellent throughout the session and we end up with a product that is hard to put a finger on.

>> Check the songs and lyrics here