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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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“Toward The Castle” by Fear Of Eternity

Artist: Fear Of Eternity
Title: “Toward The Castle”
Label: Moribund Records
Release Date: 1/10/2006
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Rating: 3/5

Atmospheric Black Metal is an interesting style to the genre for in most cases rather than blistering riffs you are brought into an often dismal and morose feeling world. The slow Doom/Funeral nature of this type of Metal is not for everyone but it clearly has a niche among the children of the Metal night. The vibe of Fear Of Eternity is essentially that of a long and dark journey down a secluded and lonely road. The album itself is a one man show with Andrea Tilenni playing all of the instruments and doing the vocals, and he truly pulls it off well with the recording. He has a very typical Black Metal style to his growl and there are no clean vocals to be found anywhere on the albums seven songs with the exception of some closing spoken words at the end of “The Valley Of Sadness”. The keyboards on the album stand out the most since they escalate or slow down the mood of the songs as each one merits. This is largely a slow record and without the changes in the keyboard expressions it came off to me as sounding very similar from track to track. Perhaps it was the theme of the album, or perhaps this is how the over all nature of this material is meant to be. There is not really much album art to speak of except a couple of bleak and brooding castle images on the inside fold out, no lyrics are provided which I would have liked to better understand where Tilenni was aiming with this record.
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