Finntroll - Blodsvept (Century Media Records)

3 years after the release of the huge Nifelvind, Finland's finest trolls are back at it with Blodsvept, and they've brought enough troll to leave Eduard Khil spinning in his grave!
Release Date: 
29 Mar 2013 (All day)

Picking up where they left off three years ago, black/folk/troll/ who the hell knows metal heavyweights Finntroll have returned with Blodsveptthe sixth notch in these deadly troll's bedposts since their inception 16 years ago. This album makes vocalist Mathias Vreth Lillmans the most prolific frontman for the Finland based outfit and his unmistakable vocal range has come to dominate Finntroll's sound since his introduction in 2006. However the lyrical collaboration between himself and former vocalist Jan 'Katla' Jamsen on this album has come to inspire a brand new sound to an album that does in other instances, follow a similar structure to its predecessor, 2010's Nifelvind.

From the titular outset, Blodsvept proves to be a no holds barred release from the expected folk metal influence, and delving further into the depths of black metal. Nar Jattar Marschera will stop anyone from eating a salad again with a sound so meaty you can't help but nod along, the perfect tempo for a song titled When Giants March of course. The album continues to burst out hit after hit, the familiar keyboard continues to create that familiar Finntroll sound, and with the surrounding instruments it seems to be on the verge of tedium. Rosets Kung however created an upbeat jaunty tune, with a sound not unlike something off of Trollfest's unforgettable 2012 release Brumlebassen. Sure to be a crowd pleaser for the future, Rosets Kung brings back the classic folk metal sound that may have been missed by some fans, yet the eerily heavy, and heavily addictive sound comes back in the next track. 

The stellar sound of Haxbrygd epitomises everything Finntroll, and in the fashion of its predecessor, Blodsvept leaves the all importrant humpa sound until last, Tva Ormar effectively working as this album's Fornfamnad

Whilst Blodsvept proves repetitve in structure from its beastly former, Nifelvind, this album offers all that Finntroll is and was; deliciously dramatic hooks, vocals that would have any mono-linguistic listener trying their hand at Finnish and a sound that defines modern folk metal, as opposed to the earlier sounds of Cruachan and the like.