Isgarde are a solo project from Sweden that plays a very raw, epic, and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "Jag Enslig Skall Ga" which was released as a joint effort between Symbol Of Domination Productions and Black Plague Records.
Thunder and wind sounds start off the album along with some soundscapes that are very atmospheric and the music also brings in a great amount of synths and programmed beats can also be heard at times and after the intro the music gets heavier while also keeping the atmospheric elements.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up it brings in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which gives the songs more of a raw black metal feeling along with some grim screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Acoustic guitars as well as some clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a brief use of spoken word parts and as the album progresses flutes can also be heard in some of the tracks. while on later songs some psychedelic elements and clean yet distorted singing can be heard briefly and some songs also bring in a medieval atmosphere and the last track is all instrumental.
Isgarde plays a style of black metal that is very raw in the Nordic tradition of the genre while also having its epic, melodic and atmospheric moments, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swedish and English and cover darkness, paganism and occultism themes.
In my opinion Isgarde are a very great sounding raw, epic and atmospheric black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Battle of Bornghom" "Ancient Forest Of Witchery" "Dungeons Of the Devil" and "At Gettlinge Gravalt". 8 out of 10.