Black metal with goth rock elements can be very good or very bad. ‘Einfallen – A Tale ov Torment & Triumph’, by Beautality, manages to be both. The black metal parts of the album sounds great. Lots of blast beats and brutality. The drummer delivers some solid blast beats and all is fine. Unfortunately, when it comes to the goth rock parts the drummer suddenly sounds like Lars Ulrich on a bad day, and the goth rock singing is not something the singer should even try.
The first time I listened through this album I didn’t know what to think. There’s a lot of stuff going on. All the time. The album is called ‘World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud’, and you won’t hear me disagree.
If Kyuss had a young Glenn Danzig singing and incorporated more of the intensity of Big Business this would be the result. Sounds good right?
“Sleip∙nir -(slāp’nir) Odin’s eight-legged steed, and the greatest of all horses. The offspring of Loki and the gray stallion Svadilfari, Sleipnir, the swiftest on the earth could bear Odin over sea, through the air, and to and from the land of the dead.” The reason I start the review with this quote from the band’s Facebook page is that it represents the music of The Flight Of Sleipnir very well. Listening to this album is what it must feel like to sit on the back of Sleipnir and journey over the landscapes of Scandinavia.
Here’s my 2014-list of bands and albums to check out. It’s impossible to make a best of-list, but these are some damn good albums. The numbers don’t mean anything. They’re all good.