Mmmmm...I have been waiting to showcase this album since I stumbled upon it. This is what I was refering to when I spoke of Dunkelheit by Burzum, having purchased this album shortly after that one, delighted to see a cover from this impressive artist. Utstøtt has been a wonderful and epic addition to my collection. Their prowess and power is monstrous, like that of a great avalanche, cold, swift, and mighty. Járnviðr is the third release from the norsemen that hail from Oregon. They must be born from the Jøtun or Odin for they sing the songs of the north and wield instruments like weapons.
This is a monstrous album from beginning to end. It begins with the soft, calm crunching of snow before delivering a thundering surge into the first track. Laying in the middle, Dunkelheit awaits to offer up homage and heralding in the remaining tracks that await to assault you like a blizzard. Yet the final song, Frykt, is by far my favorite track (and the showcase). The transitions and buildups make me marvel every time as I am dragged along to the very end, listening to the snow underfoot once more, ending as it began. I cannot say enough about this album to do it justice but I hope that this showcase makes the gods smile as the metal takes this week by storm.
Vocally, they remind me of Abigail Williams however the structure and sound are close to Wodensthrone and Gwynbleidd. Regardless, Utstøtt is their own and that makes it all the better. Put on your coat, open the winds, crank up the volume, and let the winter wind cool you as this hot steel sunders the air.
(No lyrics available)
THE MAD BARRON
The Source Of The Metal