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THE OLDEN DOMAIN

Borknagar

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.30 | 25 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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3 stars Borknagar goes English.

The most obvious difference between this album and the debut is the lyrics, which are now in English. But there are many other differences as well. The band has matured and the songwriting has progressed greatly, as is evident by the wonderful track Om Hundrede Aar Er Alting Glemt, a tense and subtle piece that is a real highlight of the album, even if it is unlike the other tracks.

Garm, of Ulver, lends his help in the vocal department providing an array of quality vocals that help to make this record stand out from later releases by the band, as he is far superior in quality to later vocalists of the band. Of note is the variety he provides on the 2nd track The Winterway.

This record is more in the vein of Black Metal than later albums. But to dismiss it would be foolish, as it stands out as quite a diverse and interesting album that has more to it than tremolo riffs and scathing vocals. Underneath is a band with enormous talent and ability, one no one should discard because of a mere label.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |

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