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Review: Grendel - A Pact with the Winds
A Pact with the Winds

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Originally released in: 2013
Duration: 47:59
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 14, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
A Pact with the Winds

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

I loved this band's second album, the melodic, folky Dragon's Awakening, but this album was impossible to find for many years, as original label Eternal Winter stupidly only released 100 copies of it, and so this band kind of slipped off the radar until they could get the rights back and release this digitally on their own. Eight years after the release, I finally have the excellent follow-up, A Pact with the Winds.

Once again this is fast-paced, heavy Black Metal with a slight folk-metal tinge, so that overall this is reminiscent of Forefather or Skyforger, while not really being imitative of any one band. The real strength in Grendel's sword-arm is their riffs, because they have good ones and a lot of them. There's nothing stylistically here that stands out, but the quality is just consistently good, so there is always something cool going on, and always something new to get your attention and keep it. Grendel don't do anything really new, they just play Pagan Black Metal and they do it really, really well.

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