Einherjer - _Norwegian Native Art_
(Native North Records, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
My only previous impression of Einherjer's sound came from their _Dragons of the North_ album on Century Media, and I really wasn't impressed. _Norwegian Native Art_, however, is quite a step forward for the band, at least compared to _Dragons of the North_. Their Viking metal is based upon a guitar sound that tends to occasionally remind me of Old Man's Child's _The Pagan Prosperity_ [CoC #27] (especially on the fourth track), generally aiming to sound energetic and dynamic and leaving the more melodic tasks for the keyboards. The mostly snarled/sung vocals behave much better than the previously more Viking-inspired ones, which certainly helps. This time Einherjer do achieve several memorable passages throughout the album, but the sheer intensity, atmosphere and inspiration of an album like Borknagar's _The Olden Domain_ [CoC #28] is not really achieved here. The style itself is different, however, and Einherjer have produced an album which is overall very reasonably enjoyable in its own right.
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