Forndom – Faþir

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Nordvis
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://forndom.bandcamp.com/album/fa-ir
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Forndom/

Band line-up:

HLH Sward – All instruments and vocals

Tracklisting:

1. Jakten
2. Yggdrasil
3. Finnmarken
4. Fostersonen
5. Muninn
6. Hel, jag vet mig väntar
7. Hemkomst

Review

Forndom, the neofolk project all the way from the Svealand, Sweden has returned with its third studio album, “Faþir”, which translates as “Father” from the old Nordic languages.

This is the second Forndom album I have reviewed in my career and I recall the debut record “Flykt” blowing my mind on several levels because this multi-instrumentalist has the ability to put a scene of intense natural beauty to the most ethereal and enlightening kind of modern folk music.

“Faþir” begins with a sound I would liken to a marching band of nomads crossing a great plain or some mountainous region ripe and fertile for farmers to sew their seeds. It was a little reminiscent of other neofolk acts like Heilung but what makes Forndom more appealing to me is its simplicity. I think the group were utilising the simplest of native Swedish instruments to reflect just how rich and fascinating their country’s history can be.

It progresses some more ethereal sounds on “Finnmarken” that had me picturing a campfire and some Viking people enjoying a fun sing-along as the moon rises into a starry sky. When an album makes you picture endless rolling forests and mountains capped with lily-white snow, you know you’ve picked something to soothe your woes, especially in a hard time like today.

Forndom has created neofolk at its most melancholic because the darker tones of this album are something anyone who finds beauty in darkness would adore. Plus, being able to make you picture pastoral scenes of medieval farmers hard at work in a beautiful field, this would cross musical borders and make anyone into neomedieval music smile.

This is an album you should check out if you love folk music, atmospheric metal and darkwave – something that Forndom has pulled together in a unique and beautiful take on the neofolk genre.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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