Förgjord – Uhripuu

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Werewolf Records
Distributor/label URL: http://neuntoter.org/
Released: 2017
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Forgjord

BAND LINE-UP:

Valgrinder – Guitars, Bass
Prokrustes Thanatos – Vocals, Drums
BLK – Drums

TRACKLISTINGS:

1. Johdanto
2. Uhripuu
3. Kuolleiden yö
4. Täyttymys
5. Vahvempi kuin koskaan
6. Nälkämaan laulu
7. Kiviseen syleilyyn
8. Tie, totuus ja kuolema
9. Ovat korpit pois lentäneet
10. Joutsenlaulu (Yö cover)

REVIEW:

I was first introduced to Förgjord fairly recently when I bought a copy of their last album ‘Sielunvihollinen’ on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. So when I got the chance to review their latest album ‘Uhripuu’ it was a happy coincidence.

Hailing from Finland, Förgjord play ice cold yet melodic black metal, in a similar vein to fellow Finns Satanic Warmaster and Horna.

‘Uhripuu’ is cold and raw, but still has a decent production, with the perfect balance between the harsh and abrasive yet with a bright and catchy production. Much like Horna’s more melodic outputs their ability to blend melody after melody with raw black metal is incredible. It’s a sound the Finns have perfected over the years and one of my favourite sub genres of black metal out there today.

There’s a hefty dose of “fuzz” to both the guitars and the vocals and the latter getting lashings of reverb and delay. Not overly done here thankfully to maintain some sense of that organic sound and every instrument here is clear in its own right whilst at the same time adding to the wall of noise. There are also some synth highlights used sparsely here and there.

There are clear nods to the French Les Légions Noires scene and also an overriding pagan theme which sets Förgjord on their own path.

The majority of the album follows this trend, except for the intro and an interlude pieces which have a pagan/ambient vibe, and then the final track (a cover version although I’m not familiar with the original) which is a much more atmospheric affair, vocally and melodically.

There’s not a whole lot more to say here, no broken ground but solid enough to stand on its own in a saturated scene and be worthy of your attention. If you like this style of black metal, that the Finns are known for, chances are you will lap this up!

REVIEW BY STEVE BLACKWOOD
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