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Lumsk - Troll

Lumsk - Troll

Label : Tabu Recordings | Archive under different metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Evil Dr. Smith : 'Troll', it's just incredible: how did they come up with this title? So excruciatingly and devastating original… Fortunately, they didn't tease us extra with musical hints towards Grieg's 'Peer Gynt' (you know, tunes like 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King', Solveig's Song' etc.). What they do play makes us believe that we are dealing here with a folk band with a metal attitude. They also invited a guest writer for true Norwegian mythological stories, but every normal breathing person who's living outside Norway will not understand any syllable of this obviously. It may sound a bit sarcastic, but I'm happen to like Scandinavian folk music very much. So when I was putting this second album by Lumsk in my CD-player - their first is 'Åsmund Frægdegjevar' - and was taking a look at the album title and artwork, I was expecting a brutal collection of scorched Norwegian blackened metal like for example er… Troll. But Lumsk ("false/treacherous”) took credit for the meaning of their name and surprised me completely with moody violins on a bed of pushing mid tempo metal and on top of it all a crystal clear, floating female voice in an invitingly titled 'Nøkken' (I don't know the meaning of that word, but in Dutch it sounds exactly like 'Fucking', so who can say no to this?).

The album is very varied and diverse in moods and atmospheres. 'Dunker' contains a leading role for the female vocalist again, one Stine Marie Langstrand, and she will let all wood-nymphs dance with her enchanting voice, while the band plays like they're the Norwegian reincarnation of Hedningarna. 'Åsgårdsreia' starts peaceful with, among other instruments, an accordion, but soon haunting guitar riffs and menacing violins, accompanied by very metal-like staccato pounding drums snow under this accordion. Besides the impressive voice of Stine, we hear also a male singer and a storyteller. The low and almost talking vocal lines of Andreas Elvenes (of 3rd & The Mortal fame) aren't the most sparkling elements unfortunately, and the text lines actor Stian Hovland Pedersen speaks doesn't sound very significance. 'Trolltind' makes a bridge between gothic metal like Nightwish (including string orchestra and choir) and beautiful stilled parts that are almost like 'musical silence'. 'Allvis' is more traditional, it sounds more like folk rock bands as Garmarna and Gjallarhorn (different band than the Bathorian Gjallarhorn!)and has a strong second part with a leading role for the bass guitar and in the coda even a moody brass section. 'Perpålsa' is more robust of sound and Andreas' voice brings you back to the days of early Otyg and Vintersorg. The metal arrangements and segments sound unfortunately a but rusty and less playful like the folky hard rocking Hoven Droven. Lumsk excels especially in the songs when they have only few, or preferably, no metal connections and give all space to Stine's ear-pleasing voice. Although the hybrid epic 'Blæster' combines all Lumsk's elements together in a stunning nine-minute mini folkmetal-opera. The closing folk ballad 'Byttingen' with another feature role for Stine, will bring you to an auditive cooling down. I do admit, the first spin didn't made a big impact on me, but this little 'Troll' is becoming bigger and better every time I hear 'em. I love the smell of Troll in the morning…

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