Windir
Arntor


5.0
classic

Review

by Silenius USER (66 Reviews)
May 25th, 2006 | 81 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Arntor - Windir

Line-Up:
Valfar - Vocals. Bass, Guitar, Synth, Accordian

Guests:
Steingrim - Drums
Steinarson - Clean Vocals


Hailing from Sogndal, Norway, Windirs second album Arntor is considered by many to be their greatest. It is easy to see why after listening to it as it contains many great elements ranging from Lead Guitar melodies to screams to folk melodies to clean singing to swing (yes swing). Well here goes...

Byrjing

An instrumental and a song that serves as the intro. You really get what Windirs all about right away after hearing the first few notes. Though still very black metal the influence of folk music and the viking feeling can be felt right away. The song progresses quickly and soon drums enter giving a basic backbeat. This song pretty much eases you into the next few songs which are a little more metal ;).


Arntor, Ein Windir

Based on a famous hero of Valfars home region, and the lyrics tell his story and it's easy to imagine this song is a real fucking awesome song. While Valfar screams about overthrowing the "governer scum" we are entertained by various melodies that are almost boderline catchy but still traditional black metal. The bridge is one of the best melodies ever, and the scream of JIIIHHHAA! (not jihad :p) that goes into gives me a chuckle every time I listen. Later there are some superb acoustic and synth parts before returning to the verses.


Kong Hydnes Haug

Another awesome song, rather long, but not repetitive. It is probably one of the more black metal songs on the cd and includes some awesome clean vocals. The riffing is excellent, as is the drumming. Hard to describe this song, just listen to it and you'll get the idea. Unfortunaely it is a song that is often overlooked on this cd.

Svartasmeden Og Lundamyrstrollet

Starts out with an awesome lead guitar that is soaked in reverb and chorus effects and is backed by tremelo picking and blast beats. Another story that could be a folk tale, the lyrics are about a Blacksmith and a Troll. Very folky parts but also very melodic lead guitar lines that appeal to the Viking side of things. There is again great clean singing and also very consistent drumming which must be appreciated since the song is 9 minutes of pretty fast double kick/blast beats. Definitely a song to remember.


Kampen

Is that a swing rhythm I hear" Yes it is, the song swings throughput much of its entirety and demonstrates Valfars versatility and brilliance as a song writer. The clean vocals by Steinarson are also very good, a little similar to Svartasmeden. The song has a sort of trudging epic feel, like the song is describing going to war. (At least, I can easily picture Vikings marching to war with this). Another great song, by the time I had reached this song on my first listen I was pretty much dumbstruck by the awesomeness of this cd.


Saknet

Kinda reminds me of Kong Hydnes Haug. Another long song that is not boring or repetitive but not memorable and overlooked due to the high standards of the other tracks. The lyrics to this one are a little twisted, the song title translates to "the Longing" and one seems to think Valfar is longing for say, a women or something (god that sounds wrong for some reason). The ending gives a twist however when Valfar screams I die because I long, and I long for Death


Ending

Serving as the Outro it also dually serves as a short outro metal song. Not your typical outro, the song is structured strophically and includes vocals and a complete set of riffs and melodies. The vocals are again great (the harsh vocals throughout the album are topnotch) and the fast tempo makes the best headbanger on the cd. Great ending to a great cd.

Pros
-Great melodies
-Great themes/lyrics
-Dynamic vocals
-Excellent arrangements
-Very good listen, good song flow

Cons
-Production could be clearer (see 1184)
-(Like all my review in Black Metal) Not really raw Black Metal but definitely worth checking out for fans of Falkenbach and other Folk Viking bands.

Final Rating
5/5

A must have for any viking/folk/pagan/black metal fan.



Hails to Valfar in Valhalla!
RIP 2004



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Comments:Add a Comment 
masada
May 25th 2006


2733 Comments


Black metal...

With accordian?

Nepenthe
May 25th 2006


62 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. Easily Windir's best effort. The Blacksmith And Troll Of Lundamyri (I don't feel like typing the real name haha) is one of the greatest songs of all time.



RIP ValfarThis Message Edited On 05.25.06

Silenius
May 25th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Only the intro has accordian in it.

Txus
May 26th 2006


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, really nice work. I love this album a bunch...not my favorite Windir album but one of the greatest.

Silenius
May 27th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys, maybe I will do 1184 sometime this weekend.

masada
May 27th 2006


2733 Comments


[quote=Silenius]Only the intro has accordian in it.[/quote] The whole album should, then.

Silenius
May 27th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

:-/





Well it doesn't. :p





Check out 1184 if you want accordian. Actually I think in Arntor Ein Windir there is accordian too, though it is very subtle.

Anglachel
September 10th 2006


152 Comments


Excellent review.


Too bad Valfars dead

Shadows
Moderator
September 10th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another one of the incredible releases from the amazing Windir. This is easily my favorite black metal band. Valfar was a genious, RIP. This Message Edited On 09.15.06

mjjm1184
September 15th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing album. Everything by windir is amazing.

OfTheFall
January 20th 2007


21 Comments


Good review! Fantastic album!

The Blacksmith And Troll Of Lundamyri is truly an amazing track. The part that begins at 4.40... i dont have a word... Its epic...This Message Edited On 12.26.08

muchtallerthanu
December 12th 2007


648 Comments


I'm wondering...

How did Valfar die?

Angmar
December 12th 2007


2688 Comments


He died in a snowstorm when some of his family members were staying in separate cabins and he went to check on the others since there was a bad storm coming.

I believe so anyway.

Silenius
December 28th 2007


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, he got caught in a storm while walking to a cabin and died of hypothermia.

Yazz_Flute
April 24th 2008


18938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album owns.



Hawks
April 24th 2008


52249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really need to get more from Windir. I only have 1184 and that album is fucking insanely good.

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Angmar
May 1st 2008


2688 Comments


This album is way better, by quite a large margin.

FR33L0RD
May 7th 2008


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band is real good.

I just finish listening to "Likferd" and it was excellent.

Bleak123
October 27th 2008


1900 Comments


Windir are easily my favourite black metal band ever.

darkwargreymon
November 12th 2008


187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, awesome album. Can't stop listening to it since I first got it.



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