Skálmöld – Sorgir album review

Skálmöld deliber more stirring hymns to the glorious, frozen North with Sorgir

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Sorgir

1. Ljósið
2. Sverðið
3. Brúnin
4. Barnið
5. Skotta
6. Gangári
7. Móri
8. Mara
9. Höndin sem veggina klórar

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Proud purveyors of their own uniquely stirring strain of Viking metal, Skalmöld have long taken their own, circuitous route towards the expected sonic and lyrical tenets of this ill-defined subgenre. 

As with their previous four albums, Sorgir is a bombastic and knowingly overblown paean to Iceland’s mysterious past; full of Maiden-esque guitar harmonies, rousing choirs and urgent, incisive riffs that owe as much to mid-tempo thrash as they do to anything more arcane. 

But even at its most traditional (see Barnið’s none-more-classic mid-section for details!) Sorgir crackles with its creators’ finely honed identity. Whether in full-on longboat assault mode on the marauding, mid-paced Lsjósið or exploring more expansive dynamics on closing tour-de-force Mara, the power of the message and the sincerity of the messengers carries every stirring ensemble splurge forward to Valhalla with maximum uplift.

For Fans Of: Einherjer, Tyr, Unleashed