Windir
Likferd


5.0
classic

Review

by Zyhaal USER (2 Reviews)
January 17th, 2010 | 26 replies | 5,430 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Valfar's swan song. A magnum opus of the black metal genre, and an absolute masterpiece.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I was sceptical about this album. I'm not sure why, but after falling in love with 1184 I thought that nothing could top it. I took it for a spin in my stereo, and after the ambient intro of "Ressurection.." Valfar's screams kicked in and my doubt was nearly removed. I DO NOT WISH TO SOUND FANBOYISH, but this album is pure perfection.

One thing I noticed about the blast beats, was that the snare drum was more audible in 1184. However, this is not a bad thing. Steingrims drumming is excellent, and he can switch beats extremely fast.

The guitar duties are performed by Sture (Rhythm) and Strom (Lead). Sture really doesn't get the opportunity to show his fretboard skills, but Strom on the other hand really shines on this album. His lead melodies, his arpeggios and fast riffs is an important cornerstone in making this album to what it is. Sture's Rhythm guitar is also important to make the riffs complete. Also, what separates this from 1184 is that the fast melodic tremolo riffs (Heidra intro, Journey to the End intro, middle of Todeswalzer) are not that present anymore.

Hváll really impress me here. The best parts are the soft parts when only he and Righ(Keyboards) are present, maybe some drumming too. I get goosebumps everytime they appear. (Middle part of Dauden, Blodssvik intro) are some great examples for that.

Windirs sound would not be the same without the keyboards. Righs keyboards are what gives me goosebumps (Stroms leads aswell) on this album. Listen to the opening of Ætti Mørkna, or the soft parts of wich I mentioned, and you'll know what i mean.

Valfars lyrics could fit in a folk hymn or whatever. His lyrics is beautiful (I can understand them, I'm Norwegian)
"Feigdaklokkene kime, dao veit ein ke so venta
Dauden e komen, da e meg han ska henta"

I'm not going to cover all the songs, just the very, very good ones.

Fagning: Begins straightforward with a fast tremolo riff and blast beats. Then takes a small break with a distorted melody from Strom himself with the drums and keyboards in the background. Then picks back up with Valfar's screams and Strom's arpeggios just beneath his vocal lines. The best part of this song is the beautiful folky part at 6:10. Listen to it, and fall in love. The song fades out at the end, wich somehow make me sad.

Ætti Mørkna: Begins with Valfar's scream and a dark, tremolo picked melody and Righ's keyboards over it. The feeling I get in this one is undescribable to be honest. You have to listen to it to get what I mean. A real typical Windir song. After around 2 minutes a break takes place, with bass, keyboards and a weird drum sound. The melody lines and Cosmocrator's clean vocals on top after the break is so beautiful. Then another break comes in with Sture and Strom playing a distorted melody together and Righ in the background. Like another review said, this song could go all day and I wouldn't mind.

Highlights: Ætti Mørkna (the best), Fagning, Despot, Blodssvik, Dauden.

Conclusion: Valfar is nothing short of a genius who composed this. Purchase this if you see it, you will not regret it. Heidra Valfar!


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Zyhaal
January 17th 2010



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excuse any bad english, I'm Norwegian.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010



16015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some spelling and grammar mistakes, but since you're Norwegian and English isn't your first language, don't worry about it too much. Here are some of the errors I noticed:

I was sceptical to this album

"I was skeptical about this album" is correct.

One thing i noticed

Capitalize the "i"

The guitar duties is performed

The guitar duties are performed

The best parts is the soft parts when only him and Righ

The best parts are the soft parts when only he and Righ

And several others. Just be sure you capitalize "i" when you are referring to yourself and be sure to use "are" instead of "is" where appropriate.


As for the album, it is amazing, by far my favorite Windir release.


Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

bungy
January 17th 2010



8843 Comments


Remember your apostrophes for possessive nouns (Strom's arpeggios), and use "are" instead of "is" when you're talking talking about something plural (Righ's keyboards ARE what...)

Review is a success though, because I'm now downloading the album, nice.

Wizard
January 17th 2010



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey, welcome to the site dude. Nice first review. On future reviews, I would try and and condense your ideas into generalizations of the album rather than detail out the instruments.

1184 is their best ; ).

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Zyhaal
January 18th 2010



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the corrections of my sucky grammar ;) And yes, Likferd is their best, with 1184 very close up.

Zyhaal
January 18th 2010



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review is a success though, because I'm now downloading the album, nice

Be sure to check out every song ;)

bungy
January 18th 2010



8843 Comments


Will do bro

Hawks
January 6th 2013



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still gotta hear the first two albums. Downloading Arntor right now actually.

mindleviticus
January 6th 2013



7940 Comments


Arntor is better, Hawks!

Hawks
January 6th 2013



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm gonna listen to it a few times after this Aquilus album finishes up.

oltnabrick
January 6th 2013



29282 Comments


i dont think ive ever listened to this band before.

what do they sound like?

Digging: Gucci Mane and Young Thug - Young Thugga Mane La Flare

mindleviticus
January 6th 2013



7940 Comments


vikings

oltnabrick
January 6th 2013



29282 Comments


sweet ill check it out

Zyhaal
March 2nd 2013



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it sounds like goosebump-metal, basically.

Dodecahedron
March 9th 2013



970 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I might actually be starting to like this better than Arntor.

Zyhaal
March 9th 2013



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

of course you do, its Likferd for Valfar's sake

Ignimbrite
March 21st 2013



5228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is fucking wonderful.

Zyhaal
April 9th 2013



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

edited the horrible summary.

oltnabrick
April 27th 2013



29282 Comments


only took you 3 years hahaha

Zyhaal
May 15th 2013



193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I actually didn't really think about it, until I read through it the other day. I was actually
fascinated of how bad it was.



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