Aurvandil – Thrones
10/10 – Review by Susanne Sinmara
Sometimes, just sometimes an album of a band you never heard of comes along and encapsules you entirely. Thrones by Aurvandil is such an album. The band comes from France and compromises of two members: Aurvandil (all instruments and vocals) and Fog (drums). This is their second full album – which they have rehearsed and recorded in just 5 days. Released by the German label Eisenwald Tonschmiede (this itself usually guarantee for good releases), I sincerely hope they will get the recognition they deserve with this album.
Thrones consists of 4 tracks, each ranging from 12 to 18 minutes, which may sound a bit labourous at the beginning, but stick with it. Blasting fast black metal, hypnotic and trance inducing riffs, with a truly despairing voice. Only very occasionally broken by acoustic parts and clean singing, in which Aurvandil shows the roots of their name: Aurvandil comes from the Norse mythology, mentioned in Snorre Sturloson’s Prose Edda as a star that was made by the god Thor.
I don’t know what it is that French bands seem to be so much more capable of evoking strong emotions with black metal than a lot of bands from other countries, but Thrones is another prime example.