Austria's Heathen Foray has returned with a new recording which continues the melodic viking metal style of their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Weltenwandel" which was released by Massacre Records.
Epic sounding keyboards start off the album along with some heavy riffing a few seconds later while blackened metal screams are also a very huge part of the recording. Death metal growls also have a very dominant presence on the recording as well as the riffs also adding in a great amount of melody.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats. When acoustic guitars are utilized briefly they also introduce elements of folk music onto the recording as well as on of the tracks also adding in some clean pagan vocals onto the recording.
All of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them along with most of the music sticking to a mid tempo direction. Whispered vocals can also be heard briefly as well as one of the tracks being very long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German and cover Norse/German Mythology, Paganism, Fantasy And Battle themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Heathen Foray and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Essenz" "Weg" and "Schlangengrube". 8 out of 10.