Rating:
8.0
Thyrfing - De Ödeslösa
1 March 2013


01. Mot Helgrind
02. Fordom
03. Veners Förfall
04. Illvilja
05. Kamp
06. Relik
07. Vindöga
08. De Ödeslösa


Suppose for a moment you find yourself on a Viking vessel. As black as coal De Ödeslösa, or "The Fateless", is its name and the sails are set to cross the wintery Scandinavian waters. It's to business as usual as the men aboard have their minds fixed on one thing; the forthcoming voyage over potentially hostile seas. With determination the ship casts off under a particularly unpromising skyline, the clouds heavy with the onset of a storm. What's odd about this picture is that a number of the crew are adorned in black tailcoats and armed not with swords or axes but orchestral instruments and a conductor's baton.

Such is the sound of Thyrfing, that viking black with a characteristic orchestral centrepiece created purely by synthesiser. The new vessel for their sound, De Ödeslösa is indeed business as usual, nothing out of the ordinary for the band and is something tried and true. Whatever fate may befall it is irrelevant as "The Fateless" carries on without hesitation at the oncoming storm, which likely signals the inevitable claims of the avoidance of venturing into new waters but taking that same and safest of routes. However, sticking to what is familiar doesn't necessarily mean that things can't get interesting.

Much of the album is carried forth on the winds of keyboard bravado closely aligned with the guitars which give the required edge to a persistent rhythmic gale. The guitar work is so central they often serve to carry the beat through tracks like the exceptionally bass thriving "Kamp", the drums granted flexibility as they move to a rapid pace across the mid-tempo environment. "Relik" literally hums as the drums, guitars and the backing vocal delivery align deeply within the mix.

The lead vocals can pierce in a high-pitched shriek or grate with a blackened growl. The aforementioned "Kamp" introduces some cleans with a terrific folk vibe as the infectious beat is established. These cleans are also layered into the background at various points, such as in "Fordom" with its emphasis on a bridging orchestral flow.

The song writing is strong and a consistency is maintained yet it isn't as adventurous as you would hope of a style befitting a Viking. Yet, in reality I'm sure many Vikings experienced voyages much like this one; not as remarkable as those which brought them unprecedented wealth from pillage but it got them from point A to point B without mishaps. It's albums like De Ödeslösa which are essential for the continuing good health of a style.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Thyrfing
Album: De Ödeslösa


 



Written on 14.04.2013 by
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Rulatore - 14.04.2013 at 18:38  
Yes, pretty much this.
Rupert - 15.04.2013 at 05:45  
So it's kind of the same stuff as the more recent releases? No problems with that.
R'Vannith - 15.04.2013 at 07:09  
Written by Rupert on 15.04.2013 at 05:45

So it's kind of the same stuff as the more recent releases? No problems with that.


I'd say there's many similarities, but it has been a while since their last record. Key difference I could spot is perhaps less of an epic feel to it, track lengths are more concise and the same could be said of the songwriting in general. Less inventive as Hels Vite perhaps but on the whole just more fun for me, especially "Kamp", one of my favourite tracks this year.
Swordbearer - 15.04.2013 at 11:43  
I absolutely love this album! Symphonic, epic, folky and just plain awesome. The songs on Hels Vite were a bit dragged out to my tastes, but this is just perfect. You can't deny the grandeur of a song like Mot Helgrind.
Rupert - 15.04.2013 at 15:05  
Written by R'Vannith on 15.04.2013 at 07:09

I'd say there's many similarities, but it has been a while since their last record. Key difference I could spot is perhaps less of an epic feel to it, track lengths are more concise and the same could be said of the songwriting in general. Less inventive as Hels Vite perhaps but on the whole just more fun for me, especially "Kamp", one of my favourite tracks this year.


Cool, thanks for the extra bit of explaining.

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