Fortid – Pagan Prophecies [3.5]

Classical music movements are present in the riffs, and the guitars’ harmonies follow the songs responding to each other very well.
Thorberg‘s growl is rough and traditionally shows us the nordic sound of Black Metal. D.Theobald (drums) shows us his fantastic technique and tasteful percussive mind. The graceful keyboards in the background almost put the listener into the atmosphere of a ritual. Through Spirit Of The North, which is the strongest song of this album, you can imagine Iceland itself, especially because of the acoustic guitars with an interlude of folklore melodies. They dare to be dramatic and use melodies that paints a landscape in a tragic but yet romantic way. Fortid surprises you in Lesser Sons Of Greater Father, here the voice is clean and rough, the sound is more progressive and the subtile guitars narrates the listener old tales. Even though I really enjoy the experimental instrumental middle-plays through the tracks some of the songs have long intros and similar compositions. Some riffs are sometimes overplayed and seem to strive away out of the frame. Fortid still pulls off the traditional blast beat Black Metal as well. The album fades away through an almost 18 minutes track of solely thunder and rain, which strengthens the sensation of the northern lands.

Release – 24.08.12
Schwarzdorn Production

/Viktoria Colonna

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