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3.49 | 33 ratings

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3 stars Disregard the genre listed, this album is progressive folk.

Granted it is not seen as such because of the band's history or even the style, as most are only acquainted with the British version of folk music (Tull). This is Nordic folk music, with effervescent flutes and strings, and has a sound and quality that many folk fans would appreciate.

This album also has a great deal of continuity to it, taking lyrics from previous Borknagar works (Ocean's Rise) and incorporating them into this new sound, although I would have much rather seen them do something other than that, it does give a taste of familiarity. This album proves many doubters wrong who would assume the band to be too one-dimensional, even though with careful listening one can disregard this notion on previous albums.

Origin is easy to approach. It's not overly complex, not overly pretentious, it's actually fairly simple. However, there's enough dynamics to make things interesting and to keep the listener captivated. I would find Kveldsanger by Ulver to be better, which can be seen as a somewhat adequate comparison, but this is still quite good, although very different in nature. This one is for folk fans who might be a bit surprised, and even find some new ideas.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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