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December 2014
Released: 2014, Independent
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

If you want a wall building you go to a bricklayer, in the same manner if you want Nordic pagan black metal then you need a band from Scandinavia. Askrinn are just such a band and this cracking EP makes mincemeat of the theory that you have to listen to well known acts to hear great music. It’s also interesting that Askrinn (The Ash Tree in old Norse) flys in the face of what most people conceive black metal to be.

Here in a few songs is a link to the past, the bringing together of medieval texts and a modern music form is a brilliant concept. It’s not new, The UK’s Mediaeval Baebes do a similar thing but within a choral setting, other bands have tinkered with the idea in the past and present. Here though the music is extreme, it’s a powerful way to deliver the insights of our ancestors and Askrinn do a fine job.

Using black metal’s irregular layout to the full the job of blending words to music has been done with great skill. We have more melodic passages to fit less volatile vocals and when called for things get ramped up to a crescendo when sole permanent band member Valenten gets all angry on the mic. I actually wish I could understand more of this wonderful record, the obvious drawback being that you need to decipher much of what it is saying. This is black metal at its best

Review by Gary Trueman
Track Listing

Bjarmalandsfjor Hjorleifs Konungs
Hjorleir Maigaist Vid Hreidar Konung
Fra Spam Marmennils
Fra Konungum Hjoeleifi ok Hreidari
Hymn To The Forgotten Pagan Gods


Valenten - All music

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