BORKNAGAR - Winter Thrice
Century Media Records
This album is a gem, it's deeply emotional. Not a fast paced release, only in some parts. There are mood changes to this one; it can go from melodic to quicker, screaming vocals to clean. It really is unpredictable when those swings come up. But that doesn't take away from the magic of the album. I'd say this is one of the best releases in 2016. It's hard to put this band in a category they're sort of Viking/folk metal. The Viking sort reflects that of AMON AMARTH and the folk kind of like FALCONER but not so much with the vocals. Just sort of like that, but not totally exact. They have their own sound and vibe to them. But yeah, mood-swings.
This is a long release but just amazing music. It's fresh too, doesn't sound like anything that I have except for what I've mentioned. They really have their own sound which is graceful. The guitars are simply amazing. There are the tempo changes but the music fluctuates and never gets boring. It's a strong release the whole way through. It may take some spins to get used to, but when you're into it, you'll appreciate it more.
Really it is admirable the whole way through. The aura is grim, but the clean vocals make it more serene. Totally one of the best of 2016. This band should be bigger than they really are. I am a recent fan, even though I've heard older releases but didn't get into them until I heard this one.
The music is just awe-inspiring. There needs to be more fans of this band!! The album is available via Amazon and if you want to listen first, it's on YouTube. But as I always say, buy the CD!!
This is a special album. Enjoy every moment of it!!
Ryan “Death8699” Fanucchi