Yggdrasil - _Kvaellningsvindar oever Nordroent Land_
(Det Germanske Folket, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
My first thought was that this sounds an awful lot like the Folkearth collective. This is not surprising; Magnus Wohlfart (guitars, keys, vocals) has been heavily involved with Folkearth from the beginning, whilst drummer and vocalist Jeremy Child has also assisted. Plus, all three guests on this album have also been involved in Folkearth to varying degrees. Bassist and co-vocalist Gustaf Hagel must feel like Glen Benton at an evangelical conference, as he is the only participant who has yet to join the Folkearth institution.

The Folkearth connection is especially noticeable on "Kvallning over Trolska Landskap" -- the Garm-like clean vox, the mournful flute played over a blast beat recalls a similar approach on the title track to _By the Sword of My Father_. One of the best aspects of Folkearth's debut was the soul searing vocals, which again recall Garm, and they are fully utilised here. There are some blackened snarls, but those are run-of-the-mill and nowhere near as special.

I am being a bit unfair with regard to the Folkearth connection; Yggdrasil was established first and is a proper band, not just a side project. In any case, the album is more sombre and melancholic than the jauntiness that typifies most Folkearth material, culminating in the acoustic folk and beautiful near-ballad "Alvadansen".

An intriguing release from a Swedish trio we will be sure to hear more of in the years to come.

Contact: http://www.yggdrasil-sweden.com

(article published 27/4/2008)


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