Vintersorg
Orkan


4.0
excellent

Review

by GiaNXGX USER (23 Reviews)
August 24th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vintersorg musically transmits the element of air in a way that it really feels like you’re floating along the wind....

The element of “Air“ is an odd concept, especially coming from a metal band. Sweden’s Vintersorg decided to take the challenge. Orkan is the second release from Vintersorg’s planned “Quadrology“, a 4 part epic that is supposed to convert and transmit the basic natural elements into an interesting musical voyage. Just as last year’s pulse of the earth (Jordpuls), air is always captivating and fresh... This is due to the fact that Mr. V always touches on different aspects that eventually leaded to the band’s new sound and (on Orkan) he fuses them to create his most concise and balanced album yet.

The lyrical composition is once again on Swedish, for me that manages to capture the ethnic nectar and spirit of this type of music. All around the production shines on this thing; the orchestral arrangements sound as natural as ever, the flutes are "there"while ever present, they neve drown out or overpower the impressive guitar work or ruin the vocals. The Hammond organ is revolving around providing a silly or nice beginning to certain songs but it also plays a vital role in the development of the album’s atmosphere. The rhythm and lead guitars come to life by Mattias Marklund & Mr. V himself, giving us some virtuostic solos here and there yet also alternating picking with Mattias on the more “black metal” tremolo sections which reminds of 1998’s Till Fjalls. Varied folkloric instruments approach the music on some parts of Orkan serving as great tools for beautiful experimental interludes.

Orkan is compromised of 8 pieces and clocking at fifty minutes it is one of Vintersorg’s longest material written to date, the average song length is from six to seven minutes, Mr. V not wastes a single minute though. Opening with Istid, vivid ideas hit you like the beautiful waves on Orkan's album cover. Istid is one of the best songs, Vintersorg Swede accented unique voice is accompanied by walls of tremolo picking and blast beats but ironically some moments later when the screams/shrieks come in the drumming is based upon simple fills backed-up by Mattias tasty power riffing. The orchestral arrangements move on the background accentuating the magical folk that goes on while a flute enchants the air. Air will not have such an impact without taking in count Vintersorg evolution as a band; the LP is plagued with the old fashioned brilliance of the past and modern perfection of the present. The blast beats of Till Fjalls, the prog from Cosmic Genesis or the avant-garde of Visions from the Spiral Generator whereas the mixture of both on Solens Rötter. The light-weight easy listening and earthly symphonies of Jordpuls; without them Orkan would not have been such a pleasant listen.

Another track to mention is Myren. The song opens with the Hammond organ that is suddenly accompanied by a violin before the song explodes into epic proportions, it is a dark song that cloaks the listener with brutal riffs and epic melodies but later becomes just mysterious and experimental, by the interlude you hear guitar improvisation that is enchanted by a Pink Floyd-esque tuning. Tracks like these could be just “good” songs but they become exceptional tunes thanks to tiny details and intricate experimentation. Having said that, Vintersorg is influenced by a huge number of acts; this is quite obvious but important because without those influences they would not be “unique” and “interesting”. Orkan‘s music is truly the catharsis and perfect representation of its splendid and gorgeous album artwork. A storm sweeping across the landscapes, a tsunami accompanied by lightning clouds… A hurricane containing exceptional sonic art. Vintersorg musically transmits the element of air in a way that it really feels like you’re floating along the wind. Air approaches the listener and immerses him in a magnificent experience.

For sure a band can travel many roads over the curse of their careers but not so many groups have the remarkable ability to maintain the essence that made them so good at the beginning; Vintersorg is a good example, they clearly have experienced a lot whether experimenting with the progressive leanings of Borknagar or challenging the barriers of contemporary music with Arcturus, Andreas Hedlund has traveled all the roads and they leaded here, Orkan is a musical accomplishment on many levels and rather than giving up I’m sure Mr. V will look forward for more perfectionism and establishing new musical goals on the future… who knows what waits for him. Orkan is a beautiful album plagued with different experiments and recollections from Vintersorg’s vast musical endeavors, it gets beneficed by all the past works and enlightened by the new ideas. What else could you ask for, more than only music, this is pure ethnic art; Orkan is supposed to be the musical embodiment of air and well… It is a cloud of refreshing air that you should truly breath, enjoy & immerse yourself into.



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GiaNXGX
August 23rd 2012


4865 Comments


I think this is my favorite review I've written, 5th reup and still have 5 albums to add, hope you enjoy this.

GiaNXGX
August 23rd 2012


4865 Comments


Oh bro, well.. It is a grower, this is one of those albums I would listen at least 5 times until rating. I didn't liked it at first, it felt forced and the interludes were almost painful to go through, however; upon a couple of careful listens I changed my opinion, this album is as good as Jordpuls, if you liked Jordpuls however, I think it is more of a matter of time until it shows its awesomeness.

This is like the easiest track to get into: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKtrFAhlOG8

GiaNXGX
August 23rd 2012


4865 Comments


Then it is just not for you :[

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2012


32190 Comments


Again, if this is your second time posting this review how are there still glaring errors all over it?

GiaNXGX
August 23rd 2012


4865 Comments


IDK I'm not american and I'm not very good at punctuation, would you mind helping me Deviant?

Mordecai.
August 23rd 2012


8370 Comments


IDK I'm not american and I'm not very good at punctuation


Fuck I'm not American either. I may as well just give up on speaking English.

GiaNXGX
August 23rd 2012


4865 Comments


I'm not giving up, I just wanted dev to know as he always tells me about grammar errors (punctuation errors usually) on my reviews since I changed account :]

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2012


32190 Comments


The element of “Air“ is and odd concept, specially coming from a metal band.


*an, not and
*especially

Also, why is it such an odd concept? Avoid blanket statements like this, unless you plan on actually describing why it's such an event. It's like saying that the album is really good, and then not describing why

Mr. V always touches different aspects


Touches on different aspects

that eventually leaded to the band’s new sound


Leaded is not the appropriate word here, unless you think the music is here full of lead. Something like "slowly moved the group into or onto a new musical direction" would work

The lyrical composition is once again on Swedish,


Huh? Do you mean the vocals are in Swedish? Or is he talking about Swedish history or something? If so, explain what it is

for me that manages to capture the ethnic nectar and spirit of this type of music.


I still don't know what type of music this is

the flutes are “there” never overthrowing the guitar or ruining the vocals.


I get what you're saying, but "there" isn't going to work. Be descriptive - "while ever present, the flute work never fails to drown out or overpower the impressive guitar work" etc

This should get you started. A lot of the prose here is kinda clunky, which is obviously a result of English not being your first language. But there's also words missing all over the place, and you need to work on expressing your ideas more, rather than just saying that the flutes are "there"

Do you have any one that could proof your work before you publish it?



GiaNXGX
August 23rd 2012


4865 Comments


No, I don't, do you know anyone? Could you :], I'm fixing a couple of things, the part of "ethnic nectar" is not literal, I'm meaning that the swedish written lyrics and vocals capture the "folk element" very well (or at least they do for me) - in that sentence. Thanks for the help.

Gigglesdemon
September 13th 2012


187 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album might actuallu be my AOTY (It is definitely up there). It is just so beautiful, yet fierce.

GiaNXGX
September 16th 2012


4865 Comments


glad you liked it :]

Spag
September 19th 2012


2475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yessssssss

GiaNXGX
September 30th 2012


4865 Comments


changed opinion, this is a 4.0 not a 4.5.

Spag
September 30th 2012


2475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^ I bumped my score up too

Tyrael
November 27th 2012


21112 Comments


rules

Skoop
January 10th 2013


2049 Comments


Band good?

GiaNXGX
January 10th 2013


4865 Comments


Band's awesome.

Skoop
January 11th 2013


2049 Comments


Unfourtunatly the internet is low on dancing cactus sputnik compatible gifs that are worth a damn

greenmanalishi
March 24th 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking awesome album. Just imagine yourself in the middle of the chaos of a storm

thacoconut94
November 3rd 2014


1497 Comments


This looks so good, not a fan of folk metal but I'm intrigued



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