Vintersorg is a band I would love to have been introduced to whilst I was still in the nascent years of my experience with the ‘extreme’ end of metal. This is because while it does have many of the key features of black metal such as heavily distorted, distant guitars, simple drumming often using double bass and blast beats, which was recorded on a drum machine and one guy taking of everything, mostly resulting in layered tracks. Also black metal uses exclusively harsh vocals. If you enjoy melodic metal in any shape or form, what you’ll find here is the latest release from what used to be one of folk metal’s most progressive and boundary defying endeavours, and is now master of melody. With the advent of Cosmic Genesis , the lyrics were now written and sung mostly in English, and now dealt with scientific ideas such as astronomy and cosmology , philosophies such as metaphysics, and other ideas such as astrology.
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The band’s vocal elements have changed from album to album as well, starting out with low-pitched, powerful baritone singing, and gradually shifting towards softer, higher-pitched delivery with more use of harmony and layering with black metal vocals. It may seem crazy to think an album could use elements of Black Metal, progressive rock, folk music and avant-garde but we are prog fans! Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vintersogr.
There is also a level of musicianship on this album. Through the fairly typical melodies, drums and guitar parts, it usually comes as a big surprise to hear them drop a prog rock keyboard solo in the middle of a song.
Three years and two albums later, and Vintersorg have had vinntersorg get themselves out of that rut. While this may rob the average english-speaking listener of the firsthand abililty to delve into the subject matter being sung at hand, the language is phonetically very well suited for the music, and gives the album an even more Scandanavian vibe to it. The sound of Vintersorg has vastly changed over the years, as their earlier sound had more of vlntersorg folk influence, and later on, more of an experimental sound.
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The seventh album ‘Jordpuls’ was described to me as an album that takes the band further back to their roots, but still greatly evident is the strong presence of clean vocal harmonies. He’s got a rich timbre to his voice that meshes nicely with the style, and hearing an entire album sung in the Swedish language is always a welcome exception.
The keyboards fill in for the folky elements here, and while they might attempt to sound like classical string sections and medieval instruments, but the synths are far too shallow to stand as a valid replacement. Beautiful acoustic guitar melodies, heavy riffs, clean vocals, growls sometimes the two at the same time!
Despite the shortcomings concerning how memorable the melodies here may actually be, Hedlund still stands strong as being a master of harmony.
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Or browse results titled:. This album has been a big surprise. From that year on Vintersorg became a duo. Review by Cintersorg Fynes Prog Reviewer. They can be emotional and ambient, or powerful and in your face, often within the same song, and it is the use of dynamics gintersorg really make this album stand out from the rest. The familiar warmth and Jungian nostalgia of the Viking folk style was an easy sell to me in younger years, and though clean vocals comprise the Vintersorg ‘s characteristic lifeblood, there has always been an echo of the extreme in their music.
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All puritanical delusions of keeping the genre limited to its roots aside, I’d argue there could be a great case made for this choice. I would highly recommend this album for ANY fan of prog-metal vitnersorg well as some more open minded proggers.
Andreas Hedlund’s voice is admittedly pretty good in of itself. Vintersorg – – Jordpuls. Vintersorg – New Song Online.
Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Hammond Organ. This transformation was most notably marked with the release of the Cosmic Genesis album, and the change in sound progressed from vinterosrg to album, with the album The Focusing Blur being an extremely avant-garde album.
This album is actually fairly progressive.