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The Flight of Sleipnir – Eventide

The Flight of Sleipnir
Eventide
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 16 June 2021, 2:53 PM

THE FLIGHT OF SLEIPNIR are one of the metal underground's most unique and consistently compelling bands. Forming in Colorado in 2007, this hydra-headed ensemble has built an always adventurous canon that defies easy categorization but always is in service of The Muse. For them, and, of course, suggested by their moniker itself - THE FLIGHT OF SLEIPNIR's creation stemmed from a desire to explore ethereal and progressive sounds with themes that reflect upon the rich literature of ancient Scandinavia. "Eventide" is an audial rumination on the vast mysteries of nighttime. Its cover depiction of the stars and nightingale are visual springboards for where THE FLIGHT OF SLEIPNIR whisk the listener into the sprawling beyond of sleep and darkness, of dreams and impossibility. The album contains six tracks.

“Voland” leads the charge. It opens with a heavy rhythm and vocal shrieks…almost Black Metal in their delivery. The sound then drops to just some clean guitars and an almost jovial sound, with some trippy leads that echo. The nasty sound returns, with some drum fills. There is some nifty guitar work towards the end. “January” begins with vocal shrieks and some more guitar presence. The bass dances around in the background while the drums hold down a steady rhythm.  The sound drops again to clean guitars for a few bars. Sad and melancholy, it gives you a chill. The heavy sound returns once again. It ends with clean guitars and the sounds of chirping birds.

“Thaw” opens with some heavy guitar accents that hit the ground like meteors dropping from the sky. Closing in towards the mid-way point, the sound drops again, with sad tones. But, the anger returns with a mixture of harsh and clean vocals. “Bathe the Stone in Blood” begins with an almost old school Country groove, showing that the band can be diverse at times. I feel like I just wandered out of a smoky saloon into the summer heat, with dust kicking up. But, a much heavier sound soon kicks in. The guitar solo is well done. It drops off again, then picks back with intensity through the end of the track.

“Harvest” opens with some piano note and clean, sad vocals. This song is a nice change of pace on an album of very heavy tracks. It does get heavy around the half-way mark, with the return of Black Metal vocals. The sound drops again, and holds steady until completion. “Servitude” closes the album. It is heavy out of the gates, with plenty of power and might. The sound drops again, an overly used feature on the album. It picks back up and drops again.

Overall, this was a good album, but could be better. The aggressive moments are surely brutal enough for any metal fans to enjoy, but the lighter, sadder moments are also noteworthy, because they provide temperance from the heavier elements, and show that the band takes songwriting into consideration. One area of improvement that I could point to would be that many of the songs sounded the same, so the album as a whole is in need of some more diversity. Not bad, but also not as great as it could be.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Voland
2. January
3. Thaw
4. Bathe the Stone in Blood
5. Harvest
6. Servitude
Lineup:
Clayton Cushman – Guitars, Bass
David Csicsely – Drums & Vocals
Dave Borrusch – Guitars
Justin Siegler – Guitars
Record Label: Eiswenald Productions
     


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