Rating:
8.6
Otyg - Älvefärd
1998


01. Huldran
02. I Trollberg Och Skog
03. Älvadimmans Omdaning
04. Ulvskrede
05. Fjällstorm
06. I Höstlig Dräckt
07. Myrdingar - Martyrium
08. Allfader Vise
09. Fjälldrottningens Slott
10. Trollpiskat Ödemarksblod
11. Draugen
12. Skymningsdans


In 1998, Swedish folk metal band Otyg released their first album entitled Älvefärd. The band includes Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund on vocals and he offers a fair deal of originality to the band with his clean vocals, all in Swedish. Otyg also uses a female vocalist, Cia Hedmark, who also plays the violin throughout. Other instruments used are the lute, keyed fiddle and mouth harp, all give the album an extremely folky feel.

The music is simply beautiful and catchy. When listening to the album, you can just picture a bunch of vikings united after a battle downing a few beers and for a moment you dream of being one of them. But it isn't just the vikings that come to mind, the album carries a medieval feel because of the use of traditional instruments. The album also blends bouncy tracks like the excellent "I Trollberg Och Skog" or "Ulvskrede" and more melodramtic tracks like "Alvadimmans Omdaning" or "I Hostlig Draky" which somehow generate a sense of sadness without making you want to slit your wrists.

On the whole, Älvefärd is a very good debut album which has only been followed up by the equally entertaining and well worked Sagovindars Boning. The band has been on hold since 2002, and one can only hope they do one day release new material even if it would be hard to match their previous work. So, anyone looking for a good folk sound I say to you "bottoms up!" and enjoy.

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


Band profile: Otyg
Album: Älvefärd


 


written by Haddonfield | 27.05.2009


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White Metal - 29.05.2009 at 19:55  
I'm 100% with your review .. This album creates an outstanding atmosphere , their music is undoubtly original ,, sadly the band is on hold right now
Haddonfield - 03.06.2009 at 16:58  
Thanks
Uirapuru - 09.06.2009 at 02:47  
Very good album. All songs are good, but ''Fjälldrottningens Slott'' is memorable.

The only problem is the lack of instrumental tracks. The atmosphere is less intense cause Vintersorg never shut up. That's the main problem of their other album also.
Torelli - 10.06.2009 at 14:31  
"...and more melodramtic tracks like "Alvadimmans Omdaning" or "I Hostlig Draky" which somehow generate a sense of sadness without making you want to slit your wrists."

Is that how you veiw swedish folk music also?

Anyway, one good thing with this album is that they include so much swedish/nordic folk music into it. Also, I like that the lyrics include other nordic folklore, not only the usual viking mythology/ themes.
Haddonfield - 10.06.2009 at 14:41  
Written by Torelli on 10.06.2009 at 14:31

Is that how you veiw swedish folk music also?


Sometimes yes, it's is one of those genres that you try to avoid if you're a bit depressed.

Written by Torelli on 10.06.2009 at 14:31

Anyway, one good thing with this album is that they include so much swedish/nordic folk music into it. Also, I like that the lyrics include other nordic folklore, not only the usual viking mythology/ themes.


At least as, you're swedish, you get to understand the lyrics, I've been meaning to translate them on google for a while now just to get an idea of what the band sings about,
Torelli - 10.06.2009 at 15:06  
Yeah, I suppose it can be a bit melancolic.

As for the lyrics, you can alway try this link:
http://www.metalstorm.ee/forum/topic.php?topic_id=4919

Perhaps it can be of help

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