2 of 2 thought this review was well written
I use 'Folk Metal' here for lack of better terminology (and space for that matter.) I could have typed out 'folk metal/viking metal/progressive/black metal-ish' but that would have been just a bit too long.
Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) started off as a one man project in Sweden. Vintersorg means roughly "Winter Sorrow," but the name was taken from the Isfolket series by Margit Sandemo where the character Vintersorg is the son of a great pagan leader.
'Cosmic Genesis' is Vintersorg's third release, released in 2000. This album is the first of his to have English lyrics in it. All of his previous albums had been in Swedish.
Vintersorg has been involved in many other black and folk metal projects (such as Borknagar.)
For this album Vintersorg recruited another member, Mattias Marklund on guitar, while Vintersorg handled the vocals, bass, keys, and guitar. The drums on this album are a drum machine.
Nowadays, Vintersorg is a full band.
Astral and Arcane: This album starts off with a sort of spooky synth riff, before blasting off into folk metal. This songs vocals stick out the most, Vintersorg is singing over a typical black metal-ish riff. The song then slows down into a harmonic part with more singing before returning to black metal, this time around with screams. The song progressess with some typical metal riffs and some interesting guitar leads before returning to some harmony part, along with strummed acoustic guitars and sung vocals. Here, Vintersorgs vocals stick out more than ever. His voice fits perfectly with the music here. The song then shifts in synthesizer mode, with a synth riff and drums along with singing. I'm not very big on this part, but it leads up perfectly to the slower more epic part of the song. Again, Vintersorgs vocals fit nicely here. The song then returns to it a typical Vintersorg riff, with some odd synths going in the back and nice vocals here.
4/5 Solid song
Algol: This song starts off with some very light clean chords being played. The song then blasts off with speed and nice guitar riffing, Vintersorg begins to utilize his ability to switch between singing and screaming very well in this song. This song is defined by the vocals, as the guitar riffs take a backseat to Vintersorgs vocals. The music is nothing to be overlooked though, this song has guitars, synths, pianos (and drums obviously) all going at the same time. There are only certain parts in this song where the guitar gets an opportunity to shine, and they do indeed.
4.5/5 I love this song.
A dialogue with the stars: (No this is not an In Flames cover.) Song begins right off the bat with acoustic strumming and electric guitar chords going in the back round, sounds very nicely together (it would sound better without a drum machine). The song pauses for a short interlude then picks up for the verse. Vintersorg again alternates between singing and screaming in this song, his vocals don't seem to fit as well in this song (atleast his screams don't.) The song then tends to get folk/viking style towards the end with Vintersorg singing/chanting. The song then returns to the same style it started off with (acoustic + electric) along with a solo, the solo fits well with the song and leads right into an epic ending.
3.5/5 The second half of this song is much better than the first
Cosmic Genesis: Song opens with some odd synths before going into a typical Vintersorg folky guitar riff. The vocals are spoken, softly, at first. The vocals then pick up, as well as the song does. The guitars and the vocals blend very nicely together here. The chorus is very interesing, it's alot more mellow than the rest of the song, still quite good though. The guitar riff than changes, and in comes Vintersorg screaming, this part is also quite good before changing back to singing vocals, including even some harmonized vocals, then a return to the chorus. The song then stops, and a clean guitar comes in along with a cello. There is then a clean solo, a very nice transition. Soon Vintersorg comes in with some very nice singing. This part is very mellow, i enjoy it. As it progresses different instruments come in, until the song returns to the chorus.[/b]
5/5 One of my favorites on the album
Om Regnbågen Materialiserades: Song starts with a nice folky guitar riff, then music picks up and Vintersorg begins singing, this time in Swedish, but good nonetheless. The guitar riff changes, still blending in perfectly with Vintersorgs vocals. Some of the riffs here, remind me of a slowed down less extreme, Finntroll. About midway through the song, an acoustic guitar takes the stage with some cool synth effects behind. Soon enough the drums and vocals come in, Vintersorgs vocals here and soft and soothing. Very nice. The song then returns to the opening riff, picking up the song a bit. Vintersorg takes his vocals to an extreme here, vocals harmonies and very odd voice tones here, leading right into a solo. The solo isn't mind blowing but it fits perfectly with the song leading right back into the song, instead of keeping this high intensity, Vintersorg brings back the acoustic guitar along with vocals here, i like how he did this. The song then fades out on this.
5/5 Great song
Ars Memorativa: Another high intensity song here, especially the vocals along with the guitars are perfect. The song then picks up, Vintersorg is now using an effect on his voice, like a voice box. His voice soon returns to singing, along with a guitar riff full of pinch harmonics in the background. The song then gets more folk, no vocals, the synths dominate here, giving the song an eerie sort of feeling. The solo to this song comes in perfectly, leading right back into the singing. About 3/4 of the way through the song picks up to a more epic feel with organs in the background, a very nice touch. The song finishes out with very high intensity, pinch harmonics, harmonies are all over. I love this part.
5/5 My favorite song on the album.
Rainbow Demon: This song is a Uriah Heep cover, so i won't spend that much time reviewing it. They do a very good job on it, adding their unique sense of folk music to it. Especially on the vocals.
3.5/5 A good cover
Naturens Galleri: This song starts off fast, then comes to a complete stop. A total 180, Vintersorg begins to sing in Swedish with some odd synth thing going on in the background. The song then picks up, this song is full of folk melody and nice work on the vocals. The second verse is essentially the same as the first, with the addition of some double bass in the drumming. The chorus is incredibely upbeat, due to the vocals. There is so much energy here. Right out of the chorus there is a guitar solo, fits nicely with the song, it's almost like a rock solo, lots of bends. The song then keeps up the intensity as the vocals return here. At about 3:30 the song comes to a stop and there are interchanging piano/drum parts along with a constant guitar part, which soon becomes harmonized. I enjoy this part alot. The song ends on full blast with the chorus.
4.5/5 Great song
The enigmatic spirit: Starts with acoustic guitars going along with a mellow synth in the background, just for support. The verse continues with acoustics still going along piano, Vintersorgs singing fits perfectly here. This is more of an emotional song. The song picks up a bit, still with acoustics along piano but drums come in for the chorus and Vintersorgs vocals pick up a bit as well. This leads into an acoustic solo, it's played very well and fits with the whole mood of the song well. Then the song returns to as it was before the chrous. After the second chorus, a synth part comes in, it's very ambient (and difficult to hear) and the song fades out on that, thus ending the album.
5/5 Great, emotional song.
This album combines aspects of folk music, black metal while keeping a unique 'Vintersorg' sound. The two aspects that are focused on most in this album (the guitar work and the vocals) are both top-notch.
4.5/5 on this album. Great work, Vintersorg.