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Vögguvísur Yggdrasils - Skálmöld

No new highs, but quite a solid album

I will not say that Skálmöld with Vögguvísur Yggdrasils has challenged their position as the slowly rising icelandic supportband. You are already to the Skálmöld, or explores folkemetallens big underground scene, the album had plenty to offer and can certainly be recommended. Skálmöld are going to keep going their own way with yet another shot of the genuine nordic vikingetradition. The album goes, however, not far enough from the trunk to be able to achieve more than a fine middelkarakter of 6 skulls.

Several sagas from the same tray

Icelandic Skálmöld has in recent years been noted as a rising folk metal band. With three islandsksprogede releases behind respectively in 2011, 2012 and 2015 is the rumor slowly reached all the way to the mainland. Skálmöld has also played in Denmark some times as a warm up for bigger folk metal bands, but still have a hovednavnskoncert for good. The band has previously been praised for their good interplay and potential. The good sound and the nordic ambience has been preserved on the new release, Vögguvísur Yggdrasils. The question is whether it is enough for a solid album.

The nine worlds – some better than others

Vögguvísur Yggdrasils is a continuation of a mythic journey, Skálmöld has been on ever since the debut album, Baldur, who followed a vikings journey from home to Valhalla. Since then it has Skálmöld with the Börn Loka told about the various characters from norse mythology and followed a saga-inspired story on Með Vættum. This time zoom lyrics completely out and looking at the 9 worlds in norse mythology is tied together by the tree Yggdrasil. With the icelandic travel guide comes the listener, so right from the ildkæmperne in Muspelheim to the giants in Utgard. It is on this account a very accomplished album that leads the listener far and wide in the viking mythology.

The travel guide, however, has its shortcomings. The vocals on the album, for the majority of the album he is almost without melody, which sometimes can be fat in heavy music, but Vögguvísur Yggdrasils is the limiting factor. The shouting fuldemandsstemme brings the long, monotonous passages where the melody is literally neither goes up or down. Compared to the past is the vocals more cry than growl, and it clarifies the unfortunately, its simplicity. Where Skálmöld otherwise delivers artful folk, limiting the frontman therefore the potential. Fortunately, however, there is also pieces with a different tone of voice. Tracks such as "Midgardur" contains, besides beautiful instrumentalpassager, also the clean vocals – among other things, in the form of choral singing, there is a more successful contrast to the råbestemmen.

When the vocals are the limiting factor, it means that there are better sides of the album. On the album get Skálmölds delicious riffs, experimentation with folk instruments and a generally good composition of the instruments namely allowed to shine through. Although Vögguvísur Yggdrasils uses many different instruments and pushing more riffs into each song, be it in a completed way. The folkemusikinspirerede attempt is to work like spices on the heavy songs, which adds an extra dimension. When you have become accustomed to vokalens distractions, you can thus enjoy the rest of the album fully.


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