(Ván Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I really shouldn’t be that surprised that there are so many cool metal bands on the island of Iceland. Hell, there are a bunch of really cool bands in my hometown and the population is even smaller here than on Iceland. What really should amaze is how they all seem to carve their own niche. As far as I can tell not one single metal band sound like the other on Iceland. And as amazing as that might be it also makes it hard to speak of an Icelandic sound. ALMYRKVI could with some shoe horning be put in the blackgaze compartment. This is as introspective as for example Svarti Loghi or An Autumn For Crippled Children. This is doomy and atmospheric and mystic in a combination that makes for a really cool album. Anders Ekdahl

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