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Bifrost Heidenmetal

Bifrost
Heidenmetal
by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos at 04 March 2010, 12:03 PM

Now really, what can you possibly expect to listen with BIFROST's second album on your CD player? This question is not challenging at all since the band name and album title point with hands and feet towards the folk Metal direction. Indeed, BIFROST have put on their chains and leather and with sword or axe in hand are ready to take you on a journey through stormy weathers and ice cold tundras. There you should be prepared to fight your way out and then enjoy a tankard full of Norse beer while you are discussing all the slaughtering that took place during your heroic deeds.


I am not joking because the above saying describes the visualization of the new and second BIFROST album. In fact the biography sheet describes the music in "Heidenmetal" as pagan Metal but in the end things are not that different from the folk genre, apart from the fact that BIFROST sounds more aggressive and heavy without giving too much space to all the non-Metal instruments. Adding to this, are the Black Metal-ish vocals that can remind of WAYLANDER, ENSIFERUM or ELUVEITIE especially on their prime era. The songs have a simple structure and are based on up-tempo melodies, galloping grooves and catchy guitar phrases where the sing-along recipe rules everything. The vocals are kind of single sided without variations and this works on favor of the battle atmosphere but it does nothing about the music diversity during the entire album. No, this is not a flat album; there are songs that stand out like "Ragnarok", the BATHORY-influenced (of the "Hammerheart" era of course) "Der Racher" or "Schlachtklange" where the heaviness takes the leading position but overall there aren't the songs that will make this album notable.


BIFROST, despite their young age as a band, know their way around in the pagan scene and can tell stories with their music but I am not sure whether they can stand out from the already established names. It is also true that this is their second album and the sings are good; who knows after an album or two we might be talking about the new arrow in pagan scene's quiver. The last instrumental shows that this band can do well with some orchestration and this can add more volume to their music if they use it more…

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. Normannenzorn
  2. Berserker
  3. Der Monch
  4. Die Wilde Jagd
  5. Fest Der Trolle
  6. Ragnarok
  7. Der Racher
  8. Weingeist
  9. Odins Sohne
  10. Herr Des Waldes
  11. Schlachtklange
  12. Heimgang
Lineup:
Matthias Sollak - Guitars, Keys
Sebastian Haas – Drums
Patrick Waldenhofer – Vocals
Alexander Scharkosi – Bass
Christopher Mayr - Guitars
Record Label: Einheit Produktionen
     


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