Wyrd
Kammen


4.5
superb

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
January 24th, 2008 | 48 replies | 6,078 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album starts powerfully, goes through hundreds of different transitions and then ends on a sombre yet still commanding note that despite the hour long playtime, leaves you begging for more. This is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Wyrd
Kammen

You’re standing on a cold mountain, the wind whipping at your skin and stinging your eyes, yet you feel at home here, as if welcomed somehow. Your sight is obscured by the rain, but it doesn’t matter, for it is beautiful anyway. A deep mist resides around you, and as you plummet down the mountain side, you get the feeling that you never want to leave this place.

This could happen to you while listening to Kammen, the seventh album from the criminally unknown band Wyrd. There is barely a snippet of information about this band anywhere, the only bit of information I could find about them when I bought the cd was that they were a black metal band, and that is only half true. Sure, you will find some black metal screams, evil riffs, a cold atmosphere and ferocious drumming, but alongside all of this is the almost dominating folky influence that is obvious throughout the album. From the magical guitar work on ‘October’ to the beautiful melodies in the title track. There is also a very powerful doom influence, noticeable on many tracks, with slow rocking melodies and deep, powerful vocals. The list of influences and styles could go on, but there’s no need, all you need to know is that is one fantastically varied album, and at over an hour long in listening time, it needs to be. With such a wide array of influences in their music it is hard to compare them to any other band’s either, at certain times they sound remarkably like Agalloch, while at other times featuring the sort of driving power that Novembers Doom tried to pull off on their latest, only Wyrd do it so much better, but one band I feel they are most similar to, maybe not in sound but in style, are Amorphis, although these guys are by far much heavier than Amorphis, the way each of these bands can so easily mix in the folkish elements with their more brutal sound is remarkable and a joy to listen to.

The album starts rather unspectacularly, with a powerful but still rather safe opener that is probably the least dynamic on the album, ‘The Hounds of the Falls’ is by no means a bad song, far from it, but when you compare it to the stellar pieces of work on the rest of the album there is definitely something missing, in fact, it is most similar to Opeth in the fact that the band seemingly place less emphasis on the ebb and flow of this song, compared to the other songs, and more so on the introduction of each of the different elements that will take place on the rest of the album, but Opeth can pull this off a lot better, fortunately though, the rest of the album is completely different. The rest of the songs on the album simply expand on a few of the attributes and mould them wonderfully which keeps them more engaging. The next song, for example, ‘Cold in the Earth’, concentrates on the bands death metal side, bringing forth their most brutal song and topping it off with an epic chorus. This song is dominated by ferocious growling, a brilliantly heavy arrangement of riffs, and a lovely memorable chorus that simply provides the final touch to an already stellar song. It is not until after the first two songs that the band have had enough fun ripping your senses to shreds, and instead focus on overwhelming you with the magnificent atmosphere and epic arrangements.

"The sun and the moon thrown from their paths, not a single star flickered in the night, time stood still in silence, holding its breath, waiting for the end."


I fell in love with this band (or more precisely, this album) almost instantly, the atmosphere is simply unbelievable, the vocals are perfect, and there are enough brilliant melodies to put any other band to shame! The bass work is surprisingly high in the mix, driving the music forward, and the keyboard work gives the music an ethereal quality. The vocals range from deep, brilliant death metal vocals that instantly remind me of Akerfeldt (high praise indeed!) to a wide arrange of different singing styles, each of which are done to perfection. The guitars are done brilliantly, just being at the right level in the mix, not overpowering the rest of the music but still providing the melodies that will stick in your head and provide the main structure for each song, one song that needs to be highlighted here is the rather excellent ‘The Last Time’, which plays around some almost Swedish sounding melodies and creates an exhilarating six minute journey into this bands version of melodic death metal, and it reminds me a hell of a lot of Edge of Sanity (and if anybody knows my opinion of this band, you’ll know why I loved this song!).

"I'm gone there's nothing left for me here, just an empty house with empty cold rooms, full of bitter longing and gloom, full of bitter longing for you"

So, with an immersive atmosphere, beautiful melodies, powerful death metal riffs and exquisite vocals, the only thing that needs to be good are the actual songs; or the song writing to be more precise, and Wyrd are as varied and excellent with this as any other thing on this album. From the rather quickly paced five minute songs (probably the most common on this album), to both a ten minute, and a seventeen minute epic in between! ‘Rajarra’ sounds like a heavier and slightly more direct Moonsorrow and it impresses both with the many stunning riffs and the overall pacing of the song, at no point does the length seem forced, and the band appropriately place several acoustic sessions in it, and place a slight less emphasis on the vocals, making it a truly stunning composition to listen to, it all builds to an impressive climax towards the end where you realise that this is something special, everything fits, there is nothing more this band could have done to make this sound any better than it already is, and it is precisely for this reason, that this album deserves to be heard by more people, so many more. The fact that the lyrics are in another language only adds to the immersion and mystical aura. This leads me on to another subject, the lyrics, Wyrd have some of the most impressive lyrics I have heard in a while, poetic, graceful, heart-felt, it is another facet of the music that the band have perfected, it is so easy to just get lost in them as you listen to the music, and find yourself slowly forgetting about everything around you, just letting the music take your full attention. You don’t need to do this, as you do with many other bands, Wyrd command your attention, not by brute force (though they are more than capable!) but by captivating melodies and a unique atmosphere.

"Now in the falling of gloom, the red fire paints the empty room, burn all the bridges, burn the past, flames will swallow all that once was"


It is almost impossible to pick any highlights from ‘Kammen’, the seventeen minute track might be the most obvious pick, but when songs like ‘October’ and ‘The Last Time’ are also in the mix it just makes you wonder in amazement how this band have managed to create such a masterpiece here, everything, from the production to the vocals and instrumentation is perfect. Although in theory, they have not tried to create anything ground-braking here, but they have done so anyway, as if the band themselves could not fathom creating such an album, could not fathom writing such amazing music, and did not even begin to think that all the small little influences and ambitious songs would turn out to be so brilliant. The album starts powerfully, goes through hundreds of different transitions and then ends on a sombre yet still commanding note that despite the hour long playtime, leaves you begging for more. This is a masterpiece in every sense of the word.



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Crimson
January 24th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Head on to my profile and use the radio at the bottom left to hear two full tracks from this album.

BallsToTheWall
January 24th 2008



44164 Comments


Awesome review as usual. This sounds fantastic, i'll add them on myspace if possible.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent review, I really want to look into this now. Time to go see if I can find samples anywhere.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Crimson
January 24th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go on my profile and listen to the radio you morons! :p Trust me, their myspace is terrible and I could only find those two songs.

BallsToTheWall
January 24th 2008



44164 Comments


Wyrd.. get it, word. These Empty Rooms is plain sick. October was great too, just cut off.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh my.... "October" is a thing of beauty.... whoa... getting this as soon as I get my paycheck tomorrow.

Wizard
January 24th 2008



19240 Comments


Immense review Crimson. I really enjoyed reading this except for an ill placed opinion about Opeth (was that supposed to be a stab at them or do you enjoy their dynamics?) But hey, thats personal taste. I'm checking these guys out as we speak.

Digging: Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts

jrowa001
January 24th 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, and considering you gave this a 5 then i must check this out

Wizard
January 24th 2008



19240 Comments


Those two songs were mammoths. God dammit Crimson, I have music coming out of my ass that I have to listen to. Thanks for introducing me to yet another great band. FUCK!

Crimson
January 24th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for pointing out that Opeth bit, did sound a bit negative when I read it through again, edited it slightly. Thanks for all the positive comments too, they're always appreciated, I really enjoyed writing this.

hermitspancho
January 24th 2008



278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you gotta stop reviewing man your costing me a fortune

Shattered_Future
January 24th 2008



1539 Comments


I think I read one of your first reviews a couple of days ago again...you did the one for the Raintime album, no? Regardless, fantastic review. You've really broken through.

As for this, it sounds very interesting. As long as the production isn't terrible, I'll try to snag this.

Crimson
January 24th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heh, Raintime, that was my first ever review, I like to think that I've improved a bit since then!
The production is fantastic on this, everything just gels together while remaining audible, really helps the atmosphere.

you gotta stop reviewing man your costing me a fortune

I only review about three albums a month! If that :p
and considering you gave this a 5

Meh, what usually happens with my 5's that I listen to a record for a couple of weeks, love it to bits, give it a 5, listen to it less intently for another month and then it wears off a bit so I give it a 4.5... hope that doesn't happen here, can't see it tbhThis Message Edited On 01.24.08

ColdDamnation
January 24th 2008



159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't know if its just because most metal bands are broke, but seriously...the production sounds like it came out of the early 90's...it broke my brain when I saw that this came out in '07.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2008



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the production sounds like it came out of the early 90's

Black metal. That is all. The production is actually very good.This Message Edited On 01.24.08

ColdDamnation
January 24th 2008



159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't understand the attraction....I never will...I mean, the whole recording an album in the middle of the forest at night during a full moon is all epic and shit, and it would be pretty cool to be there...but at least make the drums sound good...thats all I want

Wizard
January 24th 2008



19240 Comments


BM is just an aquired taste (I don't mean to sound elitist saying that). I really hated the production on the fuzzy guitars and tin can drums when I first listened to In the Nightside Eclipse (my first BM experience) but than I started listening to the atmosphere.

ColdDamnation
January 24th 2008



159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I listened to old Ulver today though...Bergtatt or whatever...it was more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Crimson
January 25th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You didn't rate this on just the two tracks on my radio did you?

Zoo
January 25th 2008



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If Crimson rated this a five, that makes checking this out mandatory. Fucking excellent review. Your best in a while, and that's saying something. /pos vote



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