FORGJORD - Uhripuu
Werewolf Records/Hells Headbangers
What type of hell has been unleashed on me here? As I've said many times before but bares repeating. Doing SFM666 is actually a learning experience because I don't care who the fuck you think you are, you don't know everything. Case in point, FORGJORD another Finnish black metal band who's release comes to us easily through another Werewolf Records/Hells Headbangers collaboration. This band, a two piece act, are completely new to me. They've got a history that goes back to 2008 as far as releases go, even further if you count demo material. I have no idea how their early material sounds but as far as this one goes I'll say it's a unique beast.
Basically FORGJORD take the bestial and grim elements of their blackened Finnish kinsmen then add layers of ingredients to enhance atmosphere and depth such as industrial accents, orchestral elements and acoustic touches. The overall effect is genuine if not an altogether original direction. I don't get out of the tradition blackened circle much. FORGJORD seem to do so and add melodic tremolo riffs drenched in icey waters. They'll even toss in plenty of straight up thrash riffage or hardcore. There's nine cuts on here, each one unique from the other which is definitely a surprise for a black metal album. 2017 is really looking damm good for Finnish black metal.