Vintersorg - Solens Rötter review
|Release date:||April 2007|
01. Döpt I En Jökelsjö
03. Spirar Och Gror
06. Naturens Mystär
07. Att Bygga En Ruin
09. Från Materia Till Ande
10. Vad Aftonvindens Andning Viskar
Andreas Hedlund [a.k.a. Vintersorg] has found his way back home with the release of Vintersorg' sixth full-length album entitled Solens Rötter (Origins of the Sun). After three years spent in different musical projects, namely Borknagar, Cronian and Waterclime, he reunited with fellow bandmate Mattias Marklund to explore somewhat of a return to their core sound with a new, more mature approach to melody acquired from his musings with his solo project, Waterclime.
From the start, the accent has been put on the folk aspect of their music rather than the crazed hallucinogenic out-of-space progressive content present in the trilogy of previous albums. Browsing through the track titles, it does not take long to realize that all songs on the album are in Swedish, something that had not happened since 1999's Ödemarkens Son. With that in mind, the band also cut off Steve Di Giorgio [bass] and Asgeir Mickelson [drums] from the recording line-up. But fear not, power remains omnipresent on Solens Rötter as obvious from the opening track "Döpt I En Jökelsjö" onward.
The several voices of Vintersorg are filling the song structures nicely as usual. However, what makes this album stand out in their discography is the easiness of bringing memorable melodies into the main musical build. This is achieved with Andreas' unique voice and the use of acoustic guitars and other folk elements.
Arguably the catchiest record of theirs, Solens Rötter is another Vintersorg great album but it might disappoint some hard-core fans who were expecting more out of their experimentation phase. But when all is said and done, Solens Rötter is a surprisingly fresh release in their discography. With the emphasis on folk elements, the Swedish lyrics all the way through and overall grand song-writing, the album breaks the circle created by the three previous albums, takes a look back at the past and opens a new window into the future.
Highlights: The beautiful ballad "Strålar" and the phenomenally catchy duo made of "Från Materia Til Ande" & "Spirar Och Gror".
Written on 29.06.2008 by
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