Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Pagan Folk Metal
Release date: 22 November, 2013
Playing time: 49:38

Portuguese Pagan metal with lyrics about Vikings and stuff is a little strange, but why not... I liked their 2010 album 'Horn Triskelion' and was curious whether or not they could even develop more on this new album. Let me start with the positive points. Again Gwydion has succeeded in writing a majority of good songs that will be liked by everyone, who is into bands like Turisas, Alestorm, Tyr, Finntroll, Wolfchant, Mithotyn and Korpiklaani. Once more the keyboards bring us nice folkish bagpipe atmospheres and there are several blackened aggressive pagan songs like "Endurance of the Mind", "Trail to a New Land", "Veteran" and "Fighting to the End". On the other hand there are also more epic power metal sounding tracks, but that's good for the variety.

Growling vocals are varied with spoken ones and harmonic clean ones. Besides the choir singing there even is a female choir part and together with the folk elements it sounds very bombastic. What I miss on this album is a face of their own, or should I say originality? Gwydion starts to sound a bit like the umpteenth pagan folk metal act and then especially because they try to be humorous. Some songs with misplaced lyrics about drinking parties and stuff, push themselves in a position in which I don't know if I can take them seriously anymore. Just let Alestorm and that type of bands make the drinking songs, I don't think Gwydion needs that. The last point I want to mention is the drums. To me it sounds a bit too clinical/mechanical and static, like if they were done by a machine instead of a real drummer, but that's the progress in digital production methods I guess.

Final conclusion is that every Pagan metallist will like this album, but there is nothing new being served here.

01. Timeless Conception
02. Womb of Fire
03. Endurance of the Mind
04. Math of War
05. Trail to a New Land
06. Brewed to Taste Like Glory
07. Years of Peace
08. Lured to Comfort
09. Fighting to the End
10. Path of Shadows
11. Veteran
Label: Independent
Promotion: Metal Revelation
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 November, 2013
Website: www.gwydion.org