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Windir - 1184 (8,5/10) - Norway - 2001

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Head Not Found
Playing time: 51:34
Band homepage: Windir


  1. Todeswalzer
  2. 1184
  3. Dance Of Mortal Lust
  4. The Spirit Lord
  5. Heidra
  6. Destroy
  7. Black New Age
  8. Journey To The Age
Windir - 1184
Oha, a true highlight of black sound-art has fallen into my lap! WINDIR are Norwegian and prefer the melodic, symphonic variant of this style. And it appears to be very thought-through and very ambitious.

No wonder as "1184" is the third album of the band already. The concept is based on old Viking mythologies. Maybe it also the number of beers that each of the Norwegians drinks during a German tour...but let's not pursue this point! OK, we do not get anything excitingly new, but the quality that is delivered here is pretty impressive. All songs cleverly vary fast and stomping parts with traditional ones, which remind me of Nordic folklore. And in a way that is just plainly flowing!

Despite the quite complex structures this album is fluid like quicksilver. Vocally we do not only get the usual screeching, yet also clean choir-passages, which somehow remind me of VINTERSORG. We get all different kinds of moods, from acoustic guitars over ferocious blasts to hymnic, bombastic moments. Also the use of an accordion can do wonders to a song, like FINNTROLL already had proven to us.

A pity that I don't know the two earlier albums "Soknardal" (1997) and "Arntor" (1999). Should they be comparably good as "1184", I'll have to go out to get them. With "Dance Of Mortal Lust" they even have a real Black/Viking-hit, which is among the best that this genre has to offer! At least for me!

Ralf Henn

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