OTYG is one of Vintersorgs projects, and as I wrote a lot about the band in general and the man himself in my review of their first album "Älvefärd", I'll spare you the smalltalk in this one.
"Sagovindars Boning" is OTYG's second album, and sadly also that last, for now anyway. Us diehards will always live in the hope that Vintersorg comes to his senses and breathes life back in OTYG.
This album is a notch better than its predecessor. "Trollslottet" is undoubtedly the finest song published by this band. The line "Sagovindars Boning" can bring chills down anyone's spine, and always puts me in a kind of mesmerized state when I listen to it.
Even if this album is a bit more up-tempo than "Älvefärd", I still think that the band appears to be a tighter unit on this one. Everything sounds more together, and even if it's faster…it's just better in a way. The songs are probably better arranged, as well as all of them being of very high standard. If you get embarrassed when people hear you singing along when you listen to music, you have to make sure you are alone in the room when you listen to this one.
The only truly bad things I have to say about this album, is that some of the flute sounds terrible on different occasions. The band could also have spared us their version of "Holy Diver", which is totally misplaced in the folkish outfit that OTYG have clad it in. (Online September 5, 2003)
Guest review by Thomas Hansen