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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Himinbjorg/Where Ravens Fly/Red Stream Records/1998 CD Review


  Himinbjorg are a band from France that plays a very raw and primitive form of atmospheric pagan/viking black metal and this is a review of their 1998 album "Where Ravens Fly" which was released by Red Stream Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown into the music, while the keyboards and samples when they are utilized are mixed down low in the mix and bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful tone with riffs that dominate throughout the recording.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast raw and primitive sounding pagan/viking/black metal riffs while the lead guitars are very distorted sounding viking/black metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to bring a very dark and medieval sound to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some clean singing viking vocals as well as a brief use of spoken word ritualistic parts, while the lyrics cover Norse Paganism, Asataru, Runes, Nature and Battle, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion Himinbjorg are a very great raw and primitive sound pagan/viking/black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lightning Of Blood" and "Nidhoggr". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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