Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Genre: Pagan Black Metal
Wyrd is a Finnish pagan black metal band formed in 1998, at the time known as “Hellkult”. Kalivägi is their eight full length album, and quite different from some of the previous albums.
Wyrd is obviously inspired by doom metal, the slow and melancholic sound gives the album an atmosphere quite different from many other Finnish metal bands that tend to have a more cheerful folkish sound, this is the exact opposite, even though some of the songs are more inspired by traditional folk metal. On some places classic rock sounds is combined with the music, an addition that actually works well. I am not saying that this is not Pagan Black metal though, it most definitely is. The rasping voice and guitars is what makes this album what it is, in addition to the various atmospheric elements, like a keyboard, chanting and acoustic guitars. This is a quite good album, I recommend everyone to listen to it, some of the old Wyrd fans might be a bit surprised of the changing style, but I would say it is for the better.