Distributor/label: Symbol of Domination/Yar Productions
Buy Album [URL]: http://fimbulvinterofficial.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/fimbulvinterofficialrus
Bjorn Raudrskeggi- vocals
Alex Tombstone- bass
1. Сияние Севера
2. Разбиты, разорваны…
3. Воронов cтаи
4. Забыты дни, забыто прошлое…
5. Холод. Ненависть. Гибель
6. Зима тысячелетий
7. Битва настанет
8. Северу Отцу
9. Миру наступит конец
So, another band called Fimbulvinter- a deceivingly common name in underground black metal across the world, so it’s fortunate that the five piece responsible for the confusingly titled ‘Начертаны резы древних заклятий’ have their own identity, at least aesthetically. Musically, this nine tracker is a solid homage to their influences. From the opening Dissection style melodies to the primitive Slavic vocals that carry the Eastern European flavour of Master’s Hammer, this album is nothing new, but is a solid stab at a debut album for these bears.
A demotivating riff and cut-and-paste production values give this album unimpressive beginnings, but with a deepening sound and added intensity from the simple but powerful vocalist, Bjorn Raudrskeggi, the record begins to make a greater impact with classic metal melodies and the colouring, sonorous clean vocals that make ‘Воронов cтаи’ memorable.
All who enjoy this album, however, will also notice its flaws. The interlude of ‘Забыты дни, забыто прошлое…’ is bland, short-lived and pointless, and continually the band’s influences are so clear that it makes the LP a rather uninspiring listen. However, the use of Russian language throughout adds authentic to this band of pagans Petersburgians, and I’m sure that being able to read the lyrics along to this album would have only increased my pleasure, particularly during Raudrskeggi’s most scowling moments.
Fimbulvinter are yet to find their own sound, but are on a steady path. There’s not much about this record which will be beckoning me back for another listen, I’d rather continue to enjoy their influences, but as this band grows, I hope to see that they have more to offer than a just a hearty reflection of their musical godfathers; until then, the 500 copies available are best left mostly to the black metal album hoarders.
Review by Jarod Lawley