Hamferð - Támsins Likam review



Reviewer:
8.6

69 users:
7.91
Band: Hamferð
Album: Támsins Likam
Release date: January 2018


01. Fylgisflog
02. Stygd
03. Tvístevndur Meldur
04. Frosthvarv
05. Hon Syndrast
06. Vápn Í Anda


There is a funeral happening on a small island in the North Atlantic. Time to mourn.

Hamferð have been getting a bit more attention since their lead singer, Jón Aldará, also started lending his voice to Barren Earth, who are also set to release an album this year. Being a band from such a small country isolated on top of the world does give them a special aura as well, similar to Iceland, but amplified. The setting of the album's artists and the language in which it is sung only make the atmosphere much drearier and the grief deeper.

Too melodic to be a funeral doom album, too slow to be a melodic death-doom album, Hamferð sits right on the fence between the two, making the best out of both crushing grief and emotional melodies. While the range only ever switches from very slow to moderately slow, Hamferð know how to occasionally shift dynamics whether tempo-wise, instrumentation-wise or vocal style-wise. The fastest this album will get is the drum fills section near the end of "Tvístevndur Meldur" and the blasts in the album's climax in "Hon Syndrast".

The clean and pristine sound quality does everything it can to showcase how carefully every sound is placed. Whether it's the guitar's distortion or piano notes underneath Jón Aldará's voice, everything is polished and precise - which brings us to the album's strongest quality, the vocal performance of baritone Jón Aldará. Extremely versatile and emotive, even when singing in a language most of us do not understand, it can just as clearly transmit the feelings of dread, desolation, and bereavement that Támsins Likam's story is filled with.

So while written in a foreign language, Támsins Likam does manage to sound narrative through elements in its intro, climax and resolution, as well as its circular structure, ending on similar waters as the ones from which we started sailing. Also the album is moderately concise for an extreme doom, not only not reaching the one-hour mark, but being only around 45 minutes long, which does make it more impactful.

The dirge is ready to sail. Come and mourn.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 10


 



Written on 27.02.2018 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


Comments

Comments: 4   Visited by: 114 users
28.02.2018 - 12:06
cobrapel
Concept One
That's a nice description of the music, but you could spend two words about the concept. This is the end of a reverse trilogy focused on the loss of beloved ones. And it is based on Faer Oer mitology.
Everything started with a funeral in their first EP, and they have gradually unwound the story in the next two albums.
The album is much more emphatic for that, imo.
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28.02.2018 - 20:32
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by cobrapel on 28.02.2018 at 12:06

That's a nice description of the music, but you could spend two words about the concept. This is the end of a reverse trilogy focused on the loss of beloved ones. And it is based on Faer Oer mitology.
Everything started with a funeral in their first EP, and they have gradually unwound the story in the next two albums.
The album is much more emphatic for that, imo.

It's somewhat difficult to understand concepts in languages you don't speak. And while I could get that there was a story going on, I only got what I could from listening to the album.
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Is it future of is it past?
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01.03.2018 - 20:02
FYA
Destroyer
Frotshvarv is the best song imo.
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08.03.2018 - 21:15
Bad English
Masterchief
This is epic way to start a revive, such parts will always makes you read more and mour about revive and music, man read DerRoz and be you whit his languadge
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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