it’s almost the end of the year as we know it…

…and everyone has their top ten, twenty or fifty list ready. I don’t, though. I am just going to wing it as I go along. 24 days, one release at a time. After that? Who knows! Maybe more posts. Maybe silence.

First up is Iceland’s Auðn. Get used to “Iceland’s”, btw, you will be seeing a lot of it in the next weeks.

Anyway… Auðn’s second album, Farvegir fyrndar, is the band’s first for the French label Season of Mist. The band has matured, the music’s better and so has the production. Years and some label money usually has that effect.

It’s still chest thumping black metal, like on the first album, and it still has very little in common with the majority of the Icelandic black metal scene, just like the first album.

Auðn aims more for atmosphere instead of complexity, and does so very well. And although there are fewer “just like Bathory!” moments on this album, the feeling good ol’ Quorthon fired up in us is still here. I’m giving this a strong eight, eight and half heavy metal hunter.

Author: Andfari