VINTERSORG – Till Fjälls, Del II (2017)

Till Fjalls, Del II

Till Fjälls (1998) was an important release for not only Sweden’s Vintersorg but also the field of folk / viking / progressive / whatever metal which would eventually blossom over the next couple of years. To this day the sounds and melodies on Till Fjälls exemplify music that is not only interesting but also immersive. Perhaps this is why, almost 20 years later, the band has decided to revisit the snow blasted landscape of their debut record with a conceptual followup.

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Much like a woodsman who’s been caught in a forest fire, taken refuge in a tree and discovered hornet’s nest, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess many of you don’t speak Swedish. I certainly don’t. Any yet, here I am again, reviewing an album the lyrics of which I can’t understand and you probably haven’t heard of if you’re not into under-appreciated Swedish bands whose recent albums all focus on the four classical elements. If you think this all sounds absurdly pretentious, don’t worry. It…

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You’re going to have to excuse me while I get caught up with the last 10 years of epic extreme music. After spending so much time in the depths of a black death bog, encountering a bands which a legacy such as Vintersorg that I virtually have no reference to can be a bit intimidating. Forgive me your grace I had no idea. Vintersorg has been operating since the late 90’s and throughout the 00’s by producing a steady stream of progressive folk which shares its roots in pagan black and…

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