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Fornhem - Ett Fjärran Kall (2017) - Review

Band: Fornhem
Album title: Ett Fjärran Kall
Release date: 25 August 2017
Label: Trollmusic

Tracklist:
01. Ett Fjärran Kall
02. Kosmisk Dvala
03. Úrdjupets Svärta
04. Fornhem

Black metal enveloped in a grandiose, self-styled atmosphere, influenced by folk music in a minimalist and mesmerizing way, that’s what Fornhem present to us with their first album Ett Fjärran Kall. Formed by Vavtrudner and Solbane, Fornhem express their different states of mind in relation to the black metal style. Their concept focus in the Swedish nature, mythology, history and poetry. It's a beautiful meditative melodic black metal respecting the traditional aspects of this extreme metal language.

The lyrics of Ett Fjärran Kall speaks for the soul, they remind us of the eternal power and the beauty of our ancestors. So much feeling, expressed in truth, in a primitive, but modern way. You will be delighted with an album that contains four tracks of pure feeling, albeit in a strong and powerful way, that will surely appeal to fans of Darkthrone, Burzum, Drudkh, Bathory and Kampfar. I would risk saying that is an album for everyone who appreciate the style with tradition, but ahead in refinement. The work was recorded and mixed by Erik Wärn, and mastered by Magnus Andersson, the bassist of Marduk, in Endarker Studio.

I will not describe the magnitude of the four songs separately, because this album is one of those that even with a few tracks it flows in a continuous and cohesive way. A fascinating battery, the sound is repetitive yes, but as I said earlier it is hypnotic, I didn't get sick of it, on the contrary. "Úrdjupets Svärta" is one of my favorite tracks, I like the slow guitar, I felt almost in love with it. You'll not miss ferocity and the riffs goes up and down and fall to perfection. "Kosmisk Dvala", my other favorite track, is vivid and loaded with unquestionable roots of the 90s, dazzling guitar tones with lordly strings. A herculean positive rage, so to speak, full of emotion, wrapped in a kind of grimy and rough production. An album to really make you think, not only act like an outdated robot who does not even know what the band's message is.
 
I liked the album, I found it well placed, cleverly structured in terms of lyrics, even with repetitive passages it doesn't become tedious, and of course, it isn't for people who can't think. In my last words on this first album by Fornhem, I would like to reiterate, although following the footsteps of the bands I mentioned before, Fornhem seeks their own minimalist and atmospheric style of expression. This album is just the first manifestation of two guys who still have a lot to offer. Looking forward to the next!

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 7,5/10

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