Released: 2009, Napalm Records
Reviewer: Stu Occupier
A mix of symphonic and Gothic influences flow through this latest release from the German/Norway band. Formed in 2004 by Liv and her husband Alexander along with members of his band Atrocity they were one of a number of bands who added an almost black/folk metal element to their overall symphonic sound in the same vein as Tristania.
So here is album number 3 and it follows on from last months introductory ep 'My Destiny'. This is yet another musical journey through myths and tales of the North. The songs are very well put together but there is definitely an eye towards the commercial market here. The (dare I say) concept begins with the title track's powerful and somber choruses and typical orchestration. Stand out tracks are "Take the Devil in Me", "Northbound", and "Through Our Veins",all of which aim clearly at the Nightwish market. It's not all radio friendly rock as we do get a few epic's like "Ragnarok".
A rather unpleasant cover of the traditional 12th century English folk song "Scarborough Fair" (As popularized by Simon & Garfunkle) is also included and does not fit at all, why not choose a German or Norwegian song? Another song I could have done without is the acoustic ballad "Irish Rain", not that I mind such songs' it's just this is really boring, it has no soul, as is "Morgenland".
The album ends with the 8 minute epic "Froyas Theme" full of typical orchestral arrangements, Liv's harmonious voice and the occasional death grunt.
So all in all a good album, but not an outstanding one...I think I will stick with Tristania.