Manegarm are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine and plays a viking form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Fornaldarsagor" which will be released on April 26th by Napalm Records.
Tremolo picking starts off the album and gives the musical more of a raw style while the faster sections of the music also bring in a great amount of blast beats. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic pagan metal style along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the riffs also bringing in a great amount of melody. Clean viking vocals are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Folk instruments and acoustic guitars are also brought into the music at times while one track also introduces female vocals onto the recording. Growls are also utilize at times and they give the music a touch of death metal along with one of the later tracks being very long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover sagas and tales from the Nordic pagan and viking era.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Manegarm and if you are a fan of viking, black and folk metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sveablotet" "Ett sista farval" and "Krakes sista strid". 8 out of 10.