Rating:
8.5
The Flight Of Sleipnir - Saga
15 February 2013


01. Prologue
02. Reaffirmation
03. Reverence
04. Harrowing Desperation
05. Heavy Rest The Chains Of The Damned
06. Judgment
07. Demise Carries With It a Song
08. The Mountain
09. Hour Of Cessation
10. Remission
11. Beneath Red Skies
12. Epilogue


If I told you that I have a fantastic blackened folk metal band for you to hear, you'd probably yawn and roll your eyes. After all, the style had become a tad overdone in recent years, has it not? You'd probably dismiss my suggestion as "just another Agalloch, just another Wyrd, just another (insert blackened folk band here)." But what if I told you that the band I have to suggest isn't merely your standard fusion of black and folk metal, but also manages to throw some stoner elements into the mix that add a whole separate dimension to their sound? Well, ladies and gentlemen, America's The Flight Of Sleipnir are just that.

If the name of The Flight Of Sleipnir has passed you by previously, you'd know that these guys aren't new to their scene. The band's creative vision structured around the duo of Clayton Cushman (guitars, bass, vocals, keys) and David Csicsely (drums, additional vocals and guitars), 2013 sees The Flight Of Sleipnir dropping their fourth studio album, Saga. Picking up from the direction of 2011's Essence Of Nine, the band's new album packs very much the same formula as its predecessor. That is, an excellent blend of black metal ("Harrowing Desperation," "Judgment") and folk metal ("Reverence," "The Mountain") elements, reflected in both the instrumentation and the vocals. From a subjective standpoint, Saga leans a lot less towards the black metal side of the equation than the band's previous efforts; sure, the BM shrieks everybody loves are there, but they become much more dominated by the clean vocals and acoustic passages of the music's folk side.

But as I said, this formula is really nothing new within metal. What truly helps the music shine, and makes Saga more than just another blackened folk album, are the stoner elements. There are plenty of moments throughout the album that are dominated by a riff-heavy, groovy guitar tone ("Harrowing Desperation," "Demise Carries With It A Song"), and at some points even well-carved bluesy guitar leads ("Reaffirmation," "Hour Of Cessation," "Judgment")! The additional dimension these elements add to the music cannot be understated. A stoner folk metal album with some extreme vocals thrown in: that's what you could call [i]Saga[i], if not all of The Flight Of Sleipnir's discography, if you want to get really genre-crazy about it. These two creative visionaries have managed to pack something in for everybody with this distinct mix: folk metal, stoner metal, and black metal fans (even though the BM elements are minimal) will likely all find something to enjoy in it. "Extreme groove folk metal." It may sound strange in theory, but the The Flight Of Sleipnir have been making it work for the past six years, and, thus far, they show no sign of slowing down.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Band profile: The Flight Of Sleipnir
Album: Saga


 



Written on 25.02.2013 by
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Chainer - 25.02.2013 at 09:13  
I'm sold, and am I the only one who thinks The Flight of Sleipnir is a kick ass name for a band?
R'Vannith - 25.02.2013 at 10:58  
I'd even say there's a bit of doom in there as well, could be coming from those bluesy leads you describe. Lot's of elements in there for sure which makes for an interesting album. I only paid brief attention to their previous one so I'll be returning there for sure.
Draugen - 25.02.2013 at 13:05  
I remember listening to a few songs of their 2011 release back when it was just released and liking what I heard. I will check this out.
Apothecary - 25.02.2013 at 14:18  
Written by Chainer on 25.02.2013 at 09:13

Am I the only one who thinks The Flight of Sleipnir is a kick ass name for a band?

Do tell if you know what it means, I'm curious
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.02.2013 at 14:23  
Written by Apothecary on 25.02.2013 at 14:18

Written by Chainer on 25.02.2013 at 09:13

Am I the only one who thinks The Flight of Sleipnir is a kick ass name for a band?

Do tell if you know what it means, I'm curious

Well if Final Fantasy has taught me anything, Sleipnir was Odin's 8 legged horse. I assume it can fly as well.
Alex Fenger - 25.02.2013 at 14:33  
I thought this album was a tad boring. A bit too much repetition in the acoustic passages than was necessary
Apothecary - 25.02.2013 at 15:09  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.02.2013 at 14:23

Well if Final Fantasy has taught me anything, Sleipnir was Odin's 8 legged horse. I assume it can fly as well.

Pretty neat, it seems video games aren't completely useless in imparting wisdom to the younger generations.
Enemy of Reality - 25.02.2013 at 19:03  
It's their worst release to date imo
Apothecary - 25.02.2013 at 20:34  
Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.02.2013 at 19:03

It's their worst release to date imo

Can't really comment, since the only others I've heard are Essence Of Nine and Lore, but what makes you say that?
Enemy of Reality - 26.02.2013 at 18:42  
Written by Apothecary on 25.02.2013 at 20:34

Written by Enemy of Reality on 25.02.2013 at 19:03

It's their worst release to date imo

Can't really comment, since the only others I've heard are Essence Of Nine and Lore, but what makes you say that?


Well, it doesn't have the chilling moments of Lore. Most of this album is slow acoustic/melodic stuff and most of the songs don't develop. There's one thing i liked and it might give the clue to where these guys will evolve: some songs sound like Primordial. The song The Mountain sound a lot like Dark Song, and thats a good thing. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine album, but their worst 'till date.
qlacs - 28.02.2013 at 13:40  
What should I expect? The previous two was not so convincing for me.

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