ALBUM: Fejd – “Nagelfar”
LABEL: Napalm Records
RATING: 7.0 / 10
I can’t believe how long it takes for me to actually listen to the stuff I hear about, and get interested in. Pathos is one of my favorite bands with their “Katharsis” album, and I have known for years about this band-on-the-side (which really is the first priority for the guys as far as I can tell) from the core of Pathos. So, now when I almost literally get this new album thrown in my face, I have nothing to blame a prolonged non-exposure on. Let’s dive in.
One thing you need to know right off the bat is that there are no electric guitars on this album. I’m guessing it’s the same on previous releases too. So, when I write “folk” as in the header, I really mean folk music and not folk metal. I was a bit surprised in the beginning, but the songs are dressed in arrangements and “riffs” that are metal enough to get the band signed to Napalm Records.
Main men, and brothers, Patrik and Niklas Rimmerfors (neither of Pathos fame) really seem to know a lot about Swedish musical heritage, and the arsenal of classical Nordic instruments they play is amazing. The authenticity really shines through in the music. I can’t help to wander off to a place in my mind where everyone is drinking mead out of wooden cups around a long table while a whole boar is being cooked over live fire. Great stuff.
I love the folkiness of Falconer and Ensiferum and I have been a fan of them for more than a few years. Fejd have very much their own identity, but they also have a lot of catching up to do before they reach the same level of awesomeness in my book. But whenever I see the word “folk” in the future, or visit a medieval fair or festivity of some kind, I’m going to think of this album. Authenticity. That really is a central word here.
Is “Nagelfar” a cool boat? Yes, it is. But also a cool album.
Review by: MJ