Pagan Prophecies
Style: Norse Blackened Thrash
Release date: 24 August, 2012
Playing time: 60:00

I tend to avoid reviewing blackened thrash metal, i.e. thrash with strong black metal influences, because I don't really like it. There are exceptions, though, where a band catches my attention in a positive way. Fortid impressed me with their 'Voluspa Part III' album from 2009. Black in its expression, yes, but also much more, and that's when I get interested.

I really like the musical diversity Fortid represent; the synths, the harmonies, the Spanish guitar which garnish the bottom of tightly executed, raw, blackened thrash.

'Pagan Prophecies' is a continuation and as well as an improvement of its predecessor. Better sound, better production, sounds more like a band effort (which certainly is true, since Fortid is now a band and not a one-man unit consisting of Icelander Einar Thorberg, also known as Eldur as it was the case before) - it's just better all in all, plain and simple!

Recommended tracks: Spirit of the North, the ballad Lesser Sons of Greater Fathers and the majestic and atmospheric Endalok.

1. Pagan Prophecies
2. Spirit of the North
3. Electric Horizon
4. Lesser Sons of Greater Fathers
5. Sun Turns Black
6. Ad Handan
7. Endalok
Label: Schwarzdorn Production
Promotion: Sure Shot Worx
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 23 August, 2012