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Review: Draugnim - Sworn To Waves
Sworn To Waves

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 19:34
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 23, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Sworn To Waves

Rated 4.1/5 (82%) (10 Votes)

This is the second demo from Finnish Pagan Black Metal band Draugnim. I've been listening to this almost non-stop since I got it a few days ago. Draugnim's BM is basically atmospheric and slow to mid-paced, nothing too "extreme" (as far as Black Metal goes) - one could say this is even relaxing (at least for a metalhead.) The band uses keyboards extensively but damn, give them a medal. This is one of those bands that know how to use keyboards. They complete the other instrument's sense of melody almost perfectly and sometimes even lead a song for a moment, but in such a fashion that it actually feels right and sounds good. There's quite a bit of "folk-ish" passages here, kind of borderline medieval. I found that overall this sounds a bit like some of Graveland's material - an epic and occasionally melancholic and threatening atmosphere that gives you the feeling that an army is marching toward you, ready for battle. My main beef with "Sworn to Waves" is that it is a bit repetitive at times, sometimes giving the impression that the same thing is playing over and over. But overall this is a very good quality demo, and I wouldn't be surprised if Draugnim were picked up by a label sooner rather than later.

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