Sunday, April 3, 2016

Helheim - Jormundgand (1995)

Epic, raging Norwegian black metal with some viking elements -- a folky melody here, some clean vocals there, a touch of that "boing" instrument. While the vocals are pretty varied, there's a lot of this very high-pitched shriek that is either a bit silly or intensely lupine (or both) depending on your tastes. Jormundgand is Helheim's first and most straightforward record; they got increasingly viking-y and experimental from here.

Track listing:
1. Jormundgand
2. Vigrids Vård
3. Nidr ok Nordr liggr Helvegr
4. Gravlagt i Eljudne
5. Svart visdom
6. Jotnevandring
7. Nattravnens tokt
8. Galder

Altered through ages, constant in time

More Norwegian black metal:
Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia (1996)
Odium - The Sad Realm of the Stars (1998)

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