Released: 2010, Dark Essence Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The cherishers of Norse mythology, Galar, was put together in 2004 by M. Kristiansen and S.B. Jonssen. After some line-up changes, one demo + album (SKOGSKVAD), the band´s line-up was shortened and established to M. Kristiansen and A.B. Lauritzen.
In March 2009, Galar was ready to enter the studio again to record their follow-up album, titled TIL ALLE HEIMDENS ENDAR, several guest musicians participating on that album as well, for example drummer Elefterios “Phobos” Santorinios who is best known for his works for Aeturnus, Malsain and Gravdal.
So, what else to expect from TIL ALLE HEIMSDENS ENDAR but a healthy dose of viking/black metal, done in the truest Norwegian tradition, which perhaps will securely find its way to many people´s home. Unlike many other Viking/black metal releases, Galar doesn´t hesitate to include such instruments like viola, cello and violin into their songs, expanding their musical horizon even further - and making their sound overall richer, more full and thick sounding.
For the most part Galar rush forward determinedly with all their cylinders fully open through the album, keeping their songs relatively fast and vicious, but whenever they drop down some of their speedy moments by bringing in melodic, viking/folky singing style and other not-that-typical elements for an adrenaline-rushed viking/black metal, it makes things far more interesting for the listeners. In the over 9-minute song “Grámr”, Galar´s ambitious tendency to break out from the most common genre-bound box is summed up pretty nicely, I think. Other than that, the songs are very well executed on TIL ALLE…, having a well balanced harmony between lighter and heavier parts - and against this fact, the guys have clearly proved to put lots of emphasis on their song structures in general, without rushing things too much at all.
This stuff should especially appeal the fans of Enslaved, Borknagar, Einherjer, Týr and the like. Basing my opinion solely on the strength and rich execution of the songs on Galar´s follow-up album, I am rather safe to say this album represents viking/black metal with a difference.