Band Line Up
Elsa Thouvenot – Vocals and violin
Alexandre Fremont – Guitar
Michael Mace – Guitar, backing vocals
Bruno Giglio – Violin
Jordan Levaut – Bass
Kevin Keiser – Drums
1:- A Legend begins
2:- A Red Sun Rises
4:- Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
5:- Conquest Of Britain
6:- The Fisher King
8:- The Son of Pendragon
9:- La Dame Du Lac
12:- Mists of Avalon
Fenrir are a band from Lorraine in France and they have been playing folk fantasy metal since 2007. Legends of the Grail is their 2nd album following on from from 2012’s Echoes Of The Wolf. From what I’ve read on their website work on Legends of The Grail commenced in November 2015, so by the time of release it will be nearly 40 months from start to finish.
The overall feel I get from the album after a few listens is a polished one, rich and textured, in places very epic and grandiose. Strings and wind instruments solicit an airiness to the mix that compliments the bombast of the blast beats and darker flourishes from the guitar. A standout track for me is Broceliande, with its acoustic guitar and violin intro that’s joined by the electric guitar at around 50 seconds in. This is quite obviously a violin-led track accompanied by guitar and drums, although the drums are further forward in the mix. The Son Of Pendragon reminds me of the band Serpentyne, who create music around similar themes. This track has operatic overtones but the voice does not feel as strong as Maggiebeth Sand’s vocals, Elsa Thouvenot’s vocals are a little less punchy and bright for my tastes, I think it needs to be a bit less fettered! Mordred pumps up the attitude somewhat again with blast beats overlaid with some nice guitar filigree and pumping bass!
In summary, as I said earlier the album is polished and is rich in texture; it has a jaunty feel to it that did get me up off my chair and moving around in a contemporary dance type of way, but the wolf seems fettered to me and wants to strike out of ”Drome” and be loosened from ”Lading”.