Fredlos
Fredlös


3.8
excellent

Review

by manosg EMERITUS
February 19th, 2023 | 13 replies


Release Date: 02/11/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A different shade of folk metal.

Since its early-1990s humble origins, folk metal has come a long way. In all honesty, Skyclad was its only representative at the time. The folk metal that we've grown to know and love (at least part of it) today is quite different; it was popularized by bands like Ensiferum, Finntroll, and Eluveite and leans more toward black and death metal with melodic folk elements.

Given that it lacks jovial melodies and is in no respect upbeat, calling Fredlos just a folk metal album would be deceptive or even shallow. There are definitely lots of folk influences, but for starters, the Swedish outfit plays a brand of doom metal that includes black metal elements and is reminiscent of the doom/death genre from the 1990s. Considering that former Entombed axeman Alex Hellid is one of the contributors, this is hardly surprising. However, this is not Hellid's vessel; the songs are at the forefront, maintaining the listener's interest throughout the album's 60 minutes. Although Fredlos don't rely heavily on tempo changes to create dynamics, they do so with the help of the distorted guitars and the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument that sounds like a cross between a violin and a hurdy-gurdy. You will also find black and Viking metal riffs scattered throughout, along with a depressing, post-punk atmosphere.

If none of the aforementioned has already caught your attention, Liv Hope's voice undoubtedly will. Despite her technical proficiency, her style is soulful and largely draws on the album's theme, which is none other than the difficulties faced by common Swedish people in the Middle Ages. So if the album's cover caught your eye, it actually depicts issues like social injustice, hardship, and death, among other things. Liv takes the lead because of her powerful performance, which wonderfully complements the nyckelharpa's mournful tone.

If you read the (translated from Swedish) lyrics, the entire record has a cinematic and dramatic feel to it. Although having a remarkable sense of melody, Fredlos undoubtedly puts you in a contemplative mindset and demands your attention; yet, it is not an easy listen like some of the light-hearted folk you may know. Furthermore, it could occasionally seem repetitive and samey. Nonetheless, it is atmospheric, gripping, and beautiful; and for that, it merits multiple listens.



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manosg
Emeritus
February 19th 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

A great listen if you're into a folk/doom mood.



Våt Varm Jord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNDk0QDJAPA

Otto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93D5fpe_7W0

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2023


32018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

So happy that you reviewed this maestro, its a great album.

manosg
Emeritus
February 19th 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks Dewi! It's really something. Grabbed me out of nowhere.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2023


5844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this on first listen. Great review manosg!

manosg
Emeritus
February 19th 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Appreciate it Sunny, and glad you enjoyed it!

Sevengill
February 20th 2023


11946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this sounds like it was made for me

or I was made for it



[gadda-dun-gadda-dun-gadda-dun *crack*]

WatchItExplode
February 20th 2023


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just hit the self titled track...this thing is excellent

manosg
Emeritus
February 21st 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Awesome, glad to see you enjoying this one, man.

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2023


3954 Comments


you've piqued my curiosity cheers manos

manosg
Emeritus
February 21st 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Cheers Octa and hope you like what you hear.

Donchivo
February 21st 2023


1949 Comments


Wow, this sounds like an interesting combination of styles! Like the Comus ofmetal somehow... Gotta Czech!

manosg
Emeritus
February 21st 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Pretty lofty expectations, Don! Hope you enjoy this one, nonetheless.

WatchItExplode
February 22nd 2023


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprised this didn't gain a little more traction. The folk elements are wonderfully incorporated and there are some great heavy riffs and grooves throughout.



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