Skálmöld – “Börn Loka”

Skálmöld – “Börn Loka” (Napalm Records)

Straight from the land of fire & ice comes Skálmöld – named after the age of clan wars in that northern island’s history by six Icelandic warriors whose only fear is that of the straw death i.e. to grow too old and tired to rock! Unsurprisingly the band draw strongly from their Viking culture which is the central theme to the epic metal they play which amalgamates heavy and elements of death metal, along with a rich dose of Icelandic folk. As such, whilst the material may not be as extreme as say, Amon Amarth, it is no less powerful in terms of it’s epic passion and most of all, its atmosphere on songs like ‘Gleipnir’, ‘Narfi’ and ‘Vali’! Utilizing a range of vocal styles from hoarse battle cries to screams, majestic Nordic choirs and delicate folk melodies, at times the music almost takes on operatic proportions as Skálmöld take you sword in hand on a quest into the days of their forefathers – breathtakingly unforgettable!

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