Blutfeld – ‘Kingdom Of Mine’   3 comments

Released independently, in conjunction with Heathen Tribes Records, on April 20th, 2019, ‘Kingdom Of Mine’ is the debut 6 track EP Album from Blutfeld, an epic melo-death band, from the dark forests of Sweden.

Formed in 2015, Blutfeld is actually a 2 piece, with other additional musicians, making guest appearances.

Lyrics and cover art by Daniel T. It was recorded and mixed at Goatman Studios, from 2016-2018 and mastered by Karkmastering.

‘KOM’ is available digitally, with a limited edition digipak CD TBA.

Fanfare – (Instrumental) – Quite an epic, orchestral sound introing. Imagine a heavier Turisas. You’re there. Very melodic, with a marked twang to the guitar riffs and fading out carefully, on the same. Impressive start.

Natural Born Leader – Good heavy opening, moving straight into a classically death roar, surrounded with upbeat melody. Not many can pull that combo off. Tuneful female vocals join the fray, accompanied by some fairly Celtic sounding riffs. Well employed paradiddles there and a great chasing pace fits well, at the end. A definite fantasy angle’s involved and it works.

New Dawn – Battle hardened drum intro, with melodies interwoven into the gaps in beats. Strategically paced, the rhythm speaks for itself here. Especially with the darker, quieter sounds interspersing it. This track builds momentum and plays well with rhythm and pacing. The mood heightens, till the brief, definitive drum hit ending. There’s a kind of wonder and mystique inherent within it.

Ritual – A mysterious echoic drum beat intro’s, as if from under water. Again, the Celtic edge comes into play, combining with a theatrical flavour, of aural battle and drama. An instrumental number, infused with a dark, brooding atmosphere. Very focused on the beating drum presence, it haunts and evokes imagination.

Victory Or Defeat – Another strong traditional Celtic vibe opens, getting right into its stride, with a fast, catchy pace. The story seems to unfold, in front of you. Broken up by the sounds of the crowd and the horses, it still maintains the mood and momentum. Cleverly placed riffage keeps things upbeat and memorable, towards the end. Very listenable.

Kingdom Of Mine – Easy flow to this intro, making good use of feminine vocal qualities, then bringing in the masculine growls, in a perfect match. A strong, sensual beat embodies this, through the narrative, as equally sensuous riffs bleed into it, skilfully. A slow, gradual, seductive fade-out closes.

Overall – Considering this is a debut EP Album, it packs a lot of very advanced, impressive skills and features into its brief length. Carrying off that level of ability, through epic, dramatic melo-death, with so much melody and tradition bound up within it shows a rare feel for the sound and its delivery. ‘KOM’ stands out, as one of the most enjoyably melodic melo-death productions I’ve ever heard. Fresh, inspiring and imaginative.

9/10 *********

For fans of Tyr, Turisas, NorthHammer, Frost Giant, From North, Kikamora, Usurper.


Posted May 8, 2019 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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