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Trollfest – Helluva Award winner

Trollfest
Helluva
by Sebastien "Bass" Parent at 26 February 2017, 6:57 PM

Hello Metal-Temple. Today I have the immense pleasure to review the new album from TROLLFEST called “Helluva” - and it is one “Helluva” fun one to do. Since their debut in 2003, TROLLFEST have been entertaining crowds of Heavy Metal fans with their unique style and language. This new opus is no different. With their true Balkan Norwegian Metal they will once again leave you breathless.

I’ll say it right away, I hard time reviewing any lyrics from TROLLFEST. As usual, they sang the whole album in their own language called “Trollspråk”; nevertheless, it is easy to figure out that they aren’t talking about politics and finance.

The album opens with “This Is Just The Intro”, which probably one of the funniest non-lyric videos I’ve ever seen. Only TROLLFEST could pull off taking an intro song with great music and turning it into the funniest thing you’ll watch all week. It moves flawlessly on to “Professor Otto”, which has a catchy hook and a great drum and bass melody that slows down the song at various points. This song had me singing along a few times. I can absolutely see this track becoming a crowd favorite.

The whole album feels like an adventure with the trolls through various underground caves. With the “Spelunking Sisters” and “Gigantic Cave” in front of the lot, we’re going down into the depths of the earth. Again, with some massively addictive hooks and melodic riffs, they will have you singing along to their madness.

“Steel Sarah” was the first official video released for this album, and it is probably the most polished song of them all. With so many folk instruments in the background, I can hardly differentiate them all. The pace of the song is perfect, as is the mix of choral and harsh vocals. As a bonus, it looks fun to play on stage; there is a lot of energy coming out of this song.

“Hen of Hades” is a crazy one. The band indeed decided to include crazy chicken sounds on this album, and thus how better to introduce this than with Hen of Hades, the god of hell. Although it sounds weird at first, the song is pure genius, with trumpets and more folk instruments in the background it makes for one epic chicken.

After a few slower songs like “Fräulein Helluva” and “Kabaret” we get to the “La Grande Finale” -the French way of saying “The big final”. The adventure is coming to an end in this energetic and melodic song. The drums are going wild while Trollmannen, the chorus and an unknown lady, guides us to the end of the journey.

With the energy of Trollmannen and the melody of all the instruments together, this new album from TROLLFEST is sure to make its mark in their history. As a long time fan of this band I am pleased to hear such a beautifully crafted album. Everyone was focusing on bringing the story to life through their music and it totally worked.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. This Is Just The Intro
  2. Professor Otto
  3. Spelunking Sisters
  4. Gigantic Cave
  5. Steel Sarah
  6. Tollachen
  7. Hen of Hades
  8. Reiten Mite In Fisch
  9. Fräulein Helluva
  10. Kabaret
  11. La Grande Finale
  12. What A Good Idea!
  13. Don Gnomo Vega
  14. Sputnik
Lineup:
Eirik “Trollbank” Renton – Drums
John Espen “Mr. Seidel” Sagstad – Guitars
Jostein “Trollmannen” Austvik – Vocals
Morten “Dr. Leif Kjonnsfleis” Müller – Guitars, Vocals
Dag “DrekkaDag” Renton – Saxophone
Oyvind “Lodd Bolt” Stronen Johannesen – Bass
Kai “Fjernkontrollet” Renton – Accordion/Keyboard
Record Label: NoiseArt
     


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