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Swedish Viking metal clan Thyrfing lashes out with FARSOSTIDER, a blackened eight-track opus that has as much common with Enslaved as it does Bathory. While the lyrics are sung entirely in Swedish, the main focus here is the band's luxurious use of dynamics, going from majestic metal movements to doom-laden dirges to folk-inspired passages with relative ease and tremendous fluidity. Epically sweeping and undeniably heavy, FARSOSTIDER retains the old school black metal attitude and sound while adding the nuances today's underground metal masters manipulate, creating a sonic masterpiece in the process.
- Mike SOS