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The most recent release from Månegarm is no disappointment even after the high quality of 'Vredens Tid,' combining the band's perfected Viking metal style with their harsh black metal roots and introducing more of the folk elements found on the previous E.P. 'Urminnes Hävd,' particularly in the form of the entirely folk 'Den Gamle Talar' but also in the frequent acoustic interludes to even the fiercest tracks, seeing the return of the female vocalist.
The black metal comes to the fore in the fifth song 'Genom Världar Nio,' but also makes the rest of the album that little bit harder-hitting than its more melodic predecessors. The vocals are extremely addicitive in both their growled and bellowed sung forms, and impossible to resist joining in with even if you don't know a word of Swedish, while the longer songs certainly carry that epic feel that Viking metal bands achieve so well and other genres fail to.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Ur Själslig Död [From Soul DeAth]
3 En Fallen Fader [A Fallen Father]
4 Den Gamle Talar [The Old One Speaks]
5 Genom Världar Nio [Through the Nine Worlds]
6 Visioner Pålsen [Visions on the Ice]
7 Vargbrodern Talar [The Wolf Brother Speaks]
8 I Underjorden [In the Underworld]
9 No Dagar, Nio Nätter [Nine Days, Nine Nights]
10 Vargstenen [The Wolf Stone]
11 Vedergällningens Tid [The Time of Retaliation]
12 Eld [Fire]