Ulvhedner / Galdrer - _Ferdasyn / Trolldomsanger_
(Northern Silence, 2006)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
Starting off this split, I was somewhat surprised by Ulvhedner's epic black metal approach, with more guitar melody and clearer bass lines than expected and a relatively clean production as well. Throughout their half, Ulvhedner deliver well composed and played material, with varying pace and aggression mixed with those melodic leads and a very audible bass to keep some welcome variety. The songs are punchy and enjoyable, with a sufficiently distinctive sound to make them stand out a bit more than usual from the masses. Mindblowing stuff it may not be -- and never mind the closing atmospheric track --, but Ulvhedner seem firmly on their way to an interesting album of their own.

As for Galdrer, what we get after a nice acoustic intro is a somewhat different proposition from their split mates. Despite enjoying a similar production in terms of clarity, their approach is less energetic; instead, they remain strictly mid-paced, with a certain melancholy to their guitar leads. Galdrer also employ more keyboards, though these are kept in a distant background. There could have been more variation as far as pace, as the songs tend to become somewhat flat after a while, but it doesn't become a major problem. Like Ulvhedner, Galdrer also show enough quality to make me expect to hear from them again in the future.

Rather than teaming up two disparate bands, either stylistically or as far as their quality, Northern Silence have put together a split that makes sense: it is unlikely you will be very disappointed by one of the bands if you like the other, and the production values remain consistent throughout. The result is a worthwhile split showcasing two bands that may well have an interesting path ahead of them.

Contact: http://www.northern-silence.de

(article published 29/10/2006)

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