Vintersorg
Hedniskhjartad


4.0
excellent

Review

by Stormrider USER (1 Reviews)
March 31st, 2007 | 10 replies | 3,251 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vintersorg is a very well liked and respected band/person in the Folk/Viking genre. From his work with Borknagar to his solo project, Vintersorg. And when you listen to albums like Odemarkens Son, you see why. Hedniskhjartad, a short 5 song, 20 minute EP

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

This album starts off with the wonderful acoustic (great throughout the whole album) work by Mr. V with some keyboard setting the mood in the background. The guitars then kick in, and while the lead guitar through out the album is pretty much the same as say, Odemarkens Son, the rhythm guitar is much more grating. More like a black metal “background” guitar tone, while still remaining clear, but not as ‘clear’ as on, again, Odemarkens Son. The drums are nothing groundbreaking, but accompany/suit the music really well; they do their job. The bass just seems to do root notes and is not always noticeable, but this is all the music needs. The keyboards don’t do anything flashy, but rather to add an atmosphere...like at 1 minute of the first song, Norrland, which is a perfect example of how well they keyboards are used on this EP.
The music itself wanders between mid-paced and semi-fast most of the time. You get some faster moments, but nothing-hyper speed.

The albums' great folk acoustic work, harsher black metal-ish moments and mid-paced sections all blend in together very well to create a very naturesque atmosphere. If you liked the overall atmosphere from the album Odemarkens Son, you are bound to like this then as the atmosphere has a similiar vibe to it, aswell as the music itself being similiar. Like I said before, the only major difference being the guitar tone.

As for the vocals, we have Vintersorgs’ clean vocals, which are pretty much indentical to his other works. I don’t think anyone is this world does not like them. His voice his one of the most powerful sounding voices in the whole genre. Thick, rich, and immiedatly distinguishable due partly to his heavy accent. Think [i]a bit[I/] of Matthew Barlows' baritone voice but thicker sounding and in Swedish(that's the closest I can get). Adds a very unique feel to the music. On the other hand, we get some harsh vocals here and there, which while being good, are surpassed by the clean vocals by miles. We also get some female vocals in the second song, Stilla, which fit very well into the song...none of this “I don’t want any female vocals” here, as they don’t sound out of place or random at all.

All in all, a very good EP from Vintersorg, and a very good add to a folk/viking metal fan's collection


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Iron Bars
April 1st 2007



9 Comments


Nice review. Though I'm more a fan of Vintersorgs later albums (Visions from the spiral generator) I might check it our because of his work with Borknagar (who btw had the master of clean vocal in Garm).

Stormrider
April 1st 2007



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks

Though, if you like Odemarkens Son, there's really no way you won't like this one heheh.

Iron Bars
April 1st 2007



9 Comments


I like Odenmarkens Son.

Stormrider
April 1st 2007



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah okay then. Thanks for that. I'll try and edit in those details.

Stormrider
April 1st 2007



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay, I added a paragraph about the overall sound of the album, and pretty much changed the part about his voice. I tried to describe it as best as I could.

Also, I emphazise the a bit when comparing his voice to Matthew Barlows'. It's the closest I could get. They remind me of each other a bit..


Angmar
April 7th 2007



2689 Comments


Pretty good review, especially for a first, it got the job done. I should really check out more by these guys.

Stormrider
April 7th 2007



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks

What abums of them do you know ?

Dethtrasher
April 7th 2007



2211 Comments


Well, your first review was better than mine so I give you some credits. If you liked this album (EP) then I highly recommend that you take a look at ''Till Fjälls'' and ''Cosmic Genesis''.
Btw, Hedniskhjartad is swedish for Heathenhearted.

Stormrider
April 7th 2007



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I'm going to order Till Fjalls soon. I have high expectations for the album. Doubt it'll let me down though ;)

TojesDolan
April 9th 2007



271 Comments


Or you can pull out a tojes and write for any kind of audience!

Like new to the band and old hounds!

GG jamie, tojes and the rest of his mexicanos approve



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