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Review: Grimner - Blodshymner

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2014
Duration: 52:22
Tracks: 10
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 9, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.44/5 (68.89%) (9 Votes)

There has been some great sounding Folk/Viking Metal around for many years already and will be a lot more in the future, no doubt.

Grimner is a 6-piece Swedish act that started the journey toward great battles and joyful feasts in 2008. An EP, A Call for Battle, was released independently in 2010 and the first full-length studio album, Fard (also released independently) followed in 2012. Grimner found favorable shores at the headquarters of Russia's Stygian Crypt Productions, a label that specializes in all kinds of Folk and Viking Metal.

Blodshymner (Bloodhyms, in English) is Grimner's first outing for Stygian Crypt Productions offers quite a lot of enjoyment in that it sounds better than your average Folk/Viking Metal album. Grimner don't churn out their combination of Folk and Viking Metal any more extraordinarily or uniquely than many of their partners in crime do, but they are definitely good at what they do. Grimner sounds a bit like an older version of Finntroll, but not as dark and with less originality (Finntroll have sounded like no other band through the years). There is an odd and unexplainable magnetism in Grimner's sound that sucks you deeper and deeper into their music.

If you are a fan of Finntroll, then nothing should stop you from checking out Grimner's war-like, pagan campfire hymns.

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