Style: Folk Metal
Release date: 25 March 2011
Playing time: 46:41

Vintersorg has traversed the levels of quality within metal like few else. He's had epic releases and disappointments. He's been in numerous bands, also inconsistent with the level of quality. As a "solo" act though, his earliest work was his best and everything from "Visions From the Spiral Generator" to "Solens Rotter" has been rather mediocre (save for a track or two here or there).

So I wasn't expecting a lot out of Jordpuls, save for maybe the lingering hope of Vintersorg recapturing a little magic of old. And to be honest, this album is pretty good. There is definitely a happier feel over all. Vocally, he's written some cool harmonic parts and they're catchy enough to keep you involved. Actually, harmony and vocal layering tends to be a common theme for the most part. There's some raspy vocals thrown in as well. But critically, his clean vocals have gotten and higher up the scale as time has progressed throughout his career. I always liked him more for the lower portion of his (clean) range (think a song like "A Dialogue With the Stars"). This trend continues on Jordpuls; everything is in the upper ranges.

Musically the album has a standard Vintersorg feel to it, aside from the fact that it's a little more upbeat and folkier. It's a solid backdrop, but the riffing isn't going to bring you back to the album. Realistically, how you feel about Vintersorg's vocal lines will ultimately determine where you stand with this one. I happen to like them, as I feel they're a little more inventive than his past few efforts. It can't hang with anything from "Cosmic Genesis" and back, but it's a nice step forward at this point in his career.


01. Varldsalltets Fanfar
Klippor Och Skar
Till Danet Av Forsar Och Fall
Mork Nebulosa
Skogen Sover
Eld Och Lagor

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 68/100
Reviewed by: The Rev
Date: 25 March 2011