Månegarm – Fornaldarsagor
So it’s time for the Swedish Viking metal band Månegarm`s 9th full length studio album. For this album the band take us on a journey with Viking battles, funerals and mysterious tales with songs of full speed and songs that grabs us as listeners and makes you want to sing along. The album starts of with the song “Sveablotet “ which is about old kings in the “Svealand” who clash together through pagan believes and pre-Christian religion who conspire at each other, the song picks up at good speed and at the chorus it takes us to a part were a sing along should take place in a song. Each song is telling a story so the whole album is a story, so when I listen to the album it`s like following a Viking story. On the 6th song “Tvenne Drömmar” you could get the vibe from the black metal style in the beginning of the song and then it gives into a sing along. By the 8th song that is the last song on the album it turns to the bands pagan side and I feel like I am all of a sudden by a campfire with the band.
If you buy the Ltd edition of the album you get a single + 2 more songs and it’s limited to 500 units , 4 Page Digipak, CD Single, Pendant, Patch and Album Cover Flag
The band`s earlier album`s had a more black metal vibe to the sound along with pagan elements all the way through those records. Since their release of the album “Månegarm “ 2015 I feel the band has gotten a heavier sound and more “sing along “ feeling in the songs, but we still get elements of all the parts of what define the band musically. For this album they have a line-up change in the band since the guitarist Jonas “Rune” Almquist is not apart of the album.
What I really like about this album is the fast parts, the heavy “sing along” parts, the combo of heavy guitars, heavy drums and grasping vocals. In late of august the band is having their own festival called “Månegarm Open Air” in their home town of Norrtälje.
Label: Napalm Records
Date of release: April 26th, 2019
No. of tracks: 8 / 10 if you get the ltd box
Running time: 45:07 minutes / With the ltd edition single its 52 Minutes
Standout tracks: Hervors Arv, Spjutbädden & Krakes sista strid