Farsotstider (Times Of Plague) is the fifth
full album to be released by Swedish Viking metallers Thynfing, and the
first release for the bands new label Regain Records.
first thing I have to say about the album is the fact that the entire
albums vocals are sung in Swedish and as this is not my first language or even my
second, I have to say bravo to the band for sticking to their guns and
going full out on this release and keeping to their native tongue speaks
volumes for their integrity.
Swedish lyrics fit in with the bands music so well, the whole album has
a certain air of confidence about it.
the onset the band lays down intensions and sticks to them throughout the
Opening up with the intense 'Far At Helvete', although the isnít filled with full on
speed metal tracks, no not at all. Mixed in with the full on metal tracks
are a number of surprises, one being the second track 'Jag Spar Fordarv', which
starts off on the dark side but as the track continues the
introduction of almost symphonic metal keyboards and semi acoustic guitars
make this an interesting track to listen too.
title track 'Farsotstider' has an almost power metal feel to it with its
double bass drum and choral backing vocal and is the highlight of the
album for me.
next track 'Host' is almost folk metal, with a powerful string section
backing up the powerful guitar riffs, and the vocals of Thomas Vaananen are
most emotional on the entire album.
The entire album is
wonderfully put together and the Swedish vocals are something that makes
the album that little bit different from the rest. All in all a very
powerful message from a band that are celebrating their 10th
anniversary this year, so they must be doing something right.