Released: 2008, Twilight-Vertrieb
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Melodic black metal out from the forests of Gothenburg is the name of the game on Irrbloss´ debut album (the word ´irrbloss´is Swedish and means ´will-o-the-wisp´ in English), titled BLOODLINE. The band, whose average age is 22, have recorded two demos (GALRD in 2004 and HYMNS in 2007) prior to their debut album, so let this information serve as short background information about them.
The music on BLOODLINE is really well executed and just overall good. They are labeled as viking/black metal band and I cannot find any reasons to call, or label them something else. That description seems to be fitting enough for them. Their lyrics are all about vikings whereas the band´s nicely melodic, somewhat epic sounding black metal with some acoustic parts lightening up the band´s overall murky and depressive atmosphere that they have pretty well captured into the songs of BLOODLINE.
The tempo of Irrbloss´s songs varies between mid-paced and fast black metal that is actually kind of typical for many bands of this genre. In some ways they remind me of some of these melodic black/death metal bands on the now defunct Swedish Black Sun Records´ roster. There´s a fair load of Unanimated, Sacrilege and early Naglfar in Irrbloss´ breath of fire and blood - gently baked and marinated in the similar tasting sauce with those three aforementioned bands. The amount of melodic sections that has been poured into this record makes the album obviously more accessible for many of us to enjoy a bit more. It´s even certain that these 4 young Swedish metal musicians have taken their time to compose the songs for their relatively intense and strong sounding debut opus; even production-wise we can easily talk about a quality product here.
Irrbloss have done a pretty impressive job on their debut album BLOODLINE. No doubts, their album will find many new homes among the melodic black metal fans, and why not any other fans of extreme metal as well. ;o)