Fortid
Völuspa Part II - The Arrival Of Fenris


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) USER (56 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2008 | 29 replies | 5,670 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A melodic black metal album that doesn't stray too far from the beaten path but still creates something enjoyable

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

What a lucky man I am. Yes, this album and band were discovered completely out of luck. As I was searching for a rare black metal album that has been eluding me for a while now, I fell upon this. Fortid’s Völuspa Part II – The Arrival Of Fenris. At first I was intrigued by the cover and the band name, which I had never heard before. Then I saw the short yet accurate description that was given for it. “Folk/black metal. Very melodic”. I decided to give this a shot and it was worth it.

The album opens up with a bit of keyboard playing an ambient air(Bitfröst). But don’t be fooled, this is a melodic black metal album NOT and ambient one. The second song starts of with a soft guitar passage that builds up as drums and even piano are added. Around the 1:10 mark you are introduced to what the band is really all about….

Well…not quite…. While the heavily distorted guitars and the drumming start, the singing on this song is quite particular. The singer normally uses the typical high, throaty black metal yell. But on this one he uses a lower, chanting-kind of singing with only a few screaming parts. The screaming on this album, while well done, is very similar to most other black metal bands. Sadly, the lyrics remain a mystery to me. From what I can hear they do not sound like English and I was incapable of finding a lyric site with these guys on it so I do not know for sure.

The guitarists deliver some great heavy and melodic riffs throughout the album. They also manage to keep a good variation in their riffs so the songs don’t always sound the same (which is something I find usually brings a lot of black metal bands down).
To create the melodic sound on the album the band uses a few different techniques. Using just power chords gives some of their songs a melodic sound while keeping a distinctively heavier edge. Power chords with a harmonized riff played over them give the music a powerful feel but adds more texture and beauty to the sound. Also the use of keyboards over heavy riffs adds some variety to their music and can easily turn a heavy riff into something with more atmosphere and emotion (as demonstrated in World Of Hel).
Acoustic passages appear every now and then through out the album and give certain songs an almost progressive feel.

The drums bring nothing special to the table. They are well played and have good timing but nothing makes them stand out from the sea of metal drummers. Lots of double bass, snare and cymbals for the most part.

Considering this is black metal the sound quality is very good. Definitely not top notch, but good enough to allow you to distinguish the guitar passages and hear what’s going in the song.

Another thing I feel obliged to mention is that this album has an instrumental song (other than the intro). The song is Naströnd. It last 7 minutes and not once was I bored while listening to it. Every instrument is at its best during the song. The keyboards especially shine on this song as they go from being the main instrument to adding atmosphere behind the guitars and back as the main instrument again.

Definitely an album worth checking out if you like black metal. It doesn’t stray too far from the beaten path but still manages to create something very enjoyable.

Recommended Tracks:
· Odin’s Sacrifice
· World Of Hel (my personal fave)
· Naströnd


SCREAM!



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SCREAM!
February 3rd 2008



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't reviewed in a while so go easy on me.

Btw that rare black metal album is Blessed In Sin's "Melancholia". If anyone has it could you please send? I still can't find it anywhere.

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

Essence
February 3rd 2008



3583 Comments


From the distorted chord progressions of World of Hel, to the fast, power chord based, Baldur’s Murder.

This sentence has no flow to it; probably better off removing it.


Good description, but don't forgot to spellcheck ^-^
Got my vote

SCREAM!
February 3rd 2008



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, i took it out. Thanks. The word program i use has spellcheck but its pretty bad...so yeah :p

Essence
February 3rd 2008



3583 Comments


Sometimes, being a grammar nazi like myself has its uses....
But not often :P

I should put out another review one of these days...

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2008



16315 Comments


Must... have.....

SCREAM!
February 3rd 2008



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey crysis, do you have the album i mention in my first comment? If you don't then i don't know who would.

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Nice to see you reviewing again. Looks great, some awesome artwork. I'll check this out.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Ire
February 3rd 2008



41754 Comments


How dare you surpass 3 reviews!

Eliminator
February 3rd 2008



2067 Comments


Howling wolves are very intriguing. I must check this out!

SCREAM!
February 3rd 2008



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought the howling wolf with the moon in the background was cool

Eliminator
February 3rd 2008



2067 Comments


Sha na na na.

Shattered_Future
February 3rd 2008



1540 Comments


Lmao at generic black metal cover. Probably won't check this out...never liked black metal. Good review though.

MJinBoots
February 3rd 2008



5 Comments


Your CUTEE!!

SCREAM!
February 3rd 2008



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My gf everyone^^ check my profile for a pic

MJinBoots
February 3rd 2008



5 Comments


lol love you

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Because this is myspace not a music site, jk bro. Baldurs Murder is an awesome tune, going to cop this along with some Darkthrone. Any artwork with a howling wolf and moon, however generic it may is still cool.This Message Edited On 02.03.08

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2008



16315 Comments


Hey crysis, do you have the album i mention in my first comment? If you don't then i don't know who would.

Sadly I don't, I've heard of it and it's supposed to be awesome.

rasputin
February 3rd 2008



14540 Comments


rofl, you brought your girlfriend to sputnik. If only my girlfriend would be as into music as I am.
Good review, more reviewing is good because that means more new music for me to discover. This looks goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

Zoo
February 3rd 2008



3759 Comments


Pretty much have to go to Metal Storm to find females as into music as we are.

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^^ don't know any chicks or people in genral that listen to this music, they just mainly like Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster and Killswitch the most. It sucks but better than rap. Who are you rooting for Zoo? Pats or Giants.



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