Of course Fenris kindir is a good album, it is still the latest album by Arckanum, but it does not reach the grandeur of ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ. It has a very gray atmposphere that can well describe its hellish setting; as suggested by the title, which in Old Norse means ‘The Sons of Fenrir’ (Fenrir is the monstrous wolf who, according to the old sources, killed Odin), this album is dedicated to the infernal creatures of the ancient Norse mythology; some examples are “Fenris kindir grúa”, “Fenris gangr”, “Angrboða”. In an effort of consistency with the addressed themes, the lyrics are as usual in Old Norse. Fenris kindir is a concept album like most of Arckanum albums and also contains a cover of Necromantia, “Lycanthropia”, which is unusual.
I believe that a weak point is the too many interruptions with “psychedelic” parts that make one’s listening heavier and the album not so straight to the point; the violins of “Hamrami” are beautiful and full of pathos, though.
Shamaatae, who is also very engaged in his work as a writer (his third book Þurakingi will be released on December 21, 2014), this time has given us a good album, but not his best one.
Fenris Kindir was released on May 10, 2013 on Season of Mist.
1. Fenris kindir grúa
2. Tungls tjúgari
6. Fenris gangr
11. Sólbøls sigr
12. Lycanthropia (Necromantia cover)
Shamaatae: all instruments, vocals.