Technically speaking, 'Mulmets Viser' is probably a much better and more mature album than its predecessor, 'Ravnenes Saga'.
It is also, however, less charming and not so much the fresh blast on the Danish metal scene as
'Ravnenes Saga'. I think the new Svartsot (only guitarist and main composer Cris J.S. Fredriksen remains from the line-up that gave us 'Ravnenes Saga') plays it safe and takes too few chances.
There are fewer surprises and this is a shame.
That said, I still can't help loving what Svartsot does to bits.
The cheese factor is high, yes, I admit that, but in some instances the way the
flute is integrated with the melodic almost-death metal of the Danes goes right
in and make the hairs stand on my arm. This is a good thing.
New growler, the appropriately named Thor (!) Bager, is no real improvement from
Claus who used to be behind the mike, but he does a fair job by all means.
I'm not sure this album will win over new fans for Svartsot, but old approvers
shouldn't be too disappointed.