Vóluspá Part III: Fall of the Ages
Style: Asatrú metal
Release date: March 26th 2010

Fortid is one of those in my view rare examples where a one-man project turns out really well.

Even though Fortid after the recording of this album eventually has turned into a real band, what we hear on 'Vóluspá III' is the effort of the Icelander Einar Thorberg, also known as Eldur. Eldur's mission is to give the Vóluspá poems of yonder times a new voice and thus pay homage to the Norse gods.

The result is an impressive collection of black metal based tunes with plenty of melodic passages and clean vocals here and there. Eldur has managed to strike a tough balance of putting enough black in there to give the underground edge and on the other side so little of it that I can stand listening to the entire album. The focus on atmosphere and moods is right on target and gives the whole affair a suitable touch of doom and grandeur, which I think is fitting for the topic of Eldur's choice.

Although this is a studio album and all is done by one man, the album doesn't really have the clinical sound that you often see with projects like these. What I'm trying to say is that 'Vólupspá III' has a fair amount of feeling.

A band to watch, no doubt - good things could come out of this.


01. Ancient Halls
02. Ragnarök Army from the East
03. Fall of the Ages
04. Equilibrium Reclaimed
05. New Dawn
06. Heltekinn
07. The Future

Label: Schwarzdorn Production
Promotion: Sure Shot Worx
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: March 30th 2010
Website: Fortid@MySpace