Sig:Ar:Tyr - _Sailing in the Seas of Fate_
(Morbid Winter Records, 2005)
by: Quentin Kalis (9 out of 10)
This was initially supposed to be released under the aegis of Karmageddon Media, but unspecified problems have meant that this rather stunning album has been on ice since 2004, until the tiny Morbid Winter label released it. This is a pity, as this could have easily found a wider audience with the support of a bigger label.

Despite being a one-man project, this is far from a half-baked Darkthrone clone performing two elementary riffs per song; Daemonskald has quite obviously been honing his guitar playing and songwriting skills for quite some time. Whilst doing so, he was no doubt listening to Bathory and Yngwie Malmsteen; perhaps a bit of Falkenbach. But influence should not be confused with mimicry; Sig:Ar:Tyr is far more than the sum of its influences, composing complex and fairly technical songs.

His songs are guitar driven, primarily acoustic, with electric guitars used infrequently (with the exception of the epic closer "Skuld"). Drums surface only occasionally, to provide a little rhythmic impetus where necessary. This is principally an instrumental album, and what little vocals there are consist largely of narration.

Sig:Ar:Tyr are clearly one of the better bands to emerge from the Canadian underground, but with an album as epic and technical as this, I doubt he will remain an unknown entity for too much longer.


(article published 26/12/2006)

1/15/2009 Q Kalis 8.5 Sig:Ar:Tyr - Beyond the North Winds
1/25/2004 A Magers 4.5 SIG:AR:TYR - The Stranger
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