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“Gleipnirs Smeder” by Jotunspor

Artist: Jotunspor
Title: “Gleipnirs Smeder”
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: 7/25/2006
Genre: Atmospheric/Ambient Noise/Black Metal
Rating: 3/5

The great thing about side projects from bands on the European side of the musical fence is that something interesting always seems to come from them no matter who is involved. Jotunspor is the combined efforts of two musicians who have in common the work done they’ve done with Black Metal juggernauts Gorgoroth. With Jotunspor we find a strong helping of primitive Black Metal with some atmospheric and ambient overtones that come courtesy of bassist King ov Hell and the bands former drummer Kvitfrafn. Together they deliver some truly dark music that harkens back to the early years of the genre as the tracks blaze past at lightning speed and use a number of different vocal techniques to add the proper emphasis to the music. It opens with the title track which I understand is translated into English as “blacksmiths of Gleipnir” and this is an excellent tune full of high speed drumming, epic vocals and solid guitar work. King handles guitars, bass and some vocals, while Kvitrafn does drums, guitars, effects and the main vocals. It’s an album of music that might come off strange based on the different experiments that the pair undertakes. For instance the second track “Svartalvheims Djup” is purely sound effects and reminds of some nightmarish walk down treacherous paths while “Solartjuven” has a slow and almost pulsing groove happening under the dual vocal growling.
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