It was a difficult birth, THYRFING's fourth album and me. In the beginning I had been disappointed, because I had not sounded as I had hoped for. But as I had been convinced that THYRFING just could not do a weak album, I listened to it again and again and then it happened: I realized the power and strength of this album!
OK, it still does not reach "Valdr Galga" or "Urkraft" (maybe that still will develop), but even though it sounds somehow different, it still is pure THYRFING. They have changed their sound a little, or maybe I should rather say that it has matured. Opener "Draugs Harg" is an example for that, between damn heavy and fast including quite a bit harsher vocals by Thomas Väänänen and the THYRFING-typical, epic big melody-lines. Or "Digerdöden" with its clear choir in the chorus.
Or the two great "The Voyager" (very epic, with violin (It basically is a keyed fiddle, as guitarist Patrik told me! - Alex), which brings in quite a few very interesting melodies) and the long "Ångestens Högborg", also with some violin… So you can see that THYRFING are as diverse as never before, yet without drastically changing their sound or breaking their style. And that they grow softer is not the case either, Thomas Väänänen's harsh voice is rougher and heftier than before and also blasting parts as partly in "Draugs Harg" had not been there before.
Altogether again a highly interesting album, which as a whole is bulkier and, as said before, doesn't reach the two previous albums (yet). (Online July 9, 2002)