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Ingrimm - Böses Blut (6/10) - Germany - 2010

Genre: Folk Metal / Rock
Label: Black Bards Entertainment
Playing time: 43:54
Band homepage: Ingrimm

Tracklist:

  1. Die Pest
  2. Tempus Fugit
  3. Böses Blut
  4. Eisenwind
  5. Stella Maris
  6. Stein Auf Stein
  7. Ad Bestias
  8. Der Rabe
  9. Mörder
  10. Wasser Zu Wein
  11. Flammenfest

INGRIMM have given us a release that will appeal only to a portion of the Folk Metal fan base. Those who enjoy darker, more stark Metal with an infusion of Folk melody to give the songs a stronger sense of time and place will not find much here to like. Those who enjoy bouncier, more melodic Folk Metal, however, will find themselves much more comfortable with this album.

 

The songs here are all hook-driven, giving this album a catchy vibe. This goes beyond the typical standard for Metal, however, and approaches the threshold leading into Rock/Pop territory. This is not by itself a bad thing, as the band demonstrate a firm grasp of song structure. In fact, unlike most Metal, in which the primary unit of consumption is the album, on “Böses Blut” the primary unit seems to be the song. All of the tracks here stand well on their own, outside of an album context. In fact, the album seems not to have much of a context, but is rather a collection of tunes.

 

This kinship with Rock is made even closer by the frequent use of tools from that genre’s standard bag of tricks. Barre chords, not power chords, are the more frequent carriers of the guitar rhythm. As such, there is a less-pronounced bottom-end to the sound. Though there are exceptions (such as “Möder”), the tone on most of the tracks is focused on the mid-range.

 

The biggest shortcoming on this album is the vocal approach. The performances themselves are not bad, and vocalist Stephan "Fenris" Zandt never strays outside his range. They simply do not complement the music as well as they could. Given the tight range of the guitar and bass, greater use of deeper growls would have added more dynamism to the overall sound.

 

As a whole, this album is structurally sound. INGRIMM know how to color within the lines in terms of composition and playing. Their efforts could be made stronger by a greater willingness to both push some boundaries and inject some variety into the tone.

(Online September 21, 2010)

Steve Herrmann



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