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Wyrd - "Kalivagi" (CD)

Wyrd - "Kalivagi" CD cover image

"Kalivagi" track listing:

1.Verisurma (5:47)
2.Kalivagi (6:57)
3.Hamaran Soutajat (6:10)
4.Loitsulaulu (3:51)
5.Taviyo (10:29)
6.Kaik Ki Metasan Kaiut (6:37)

Reviewed by on August 7, 2009

"Nargath was dished out some heavy doses of talent, diversity and ardour to be able to supply vocals and carry the whole album instrumentally."

With its delicate symphonic introductory riffs and steady rhythms, Pagan black metal band Wyrd bring an ethereal blend of Finnish metal, piano and strings in the form of "Kalivagi," where at the heart of the lyrical themes is Nordic mythology and folklore. Nargath was dished out some heavy doses of talent, diversity and ardour to be able to supply vocals and carry the whole album instrumentally, save for JL Nokturnal’s drumming.

Tracks such as "Loitsulaulu" offer melodic riffs and are puissant and compelling with their eerie atmospheres, whereas the laid-back "Talviyo" begins with a relaxed preliminary melody, before picking up the pace and delivering some poignant, thick guitar riffs. However, the slow-paced riffs can frequently get monotonous, and the cluttered vocals are often squeezed in to fit with the dilatory tempo, especially in "Verisurma" and "Hamaran Soutajat."

The album ends with the weightier, potent, and largely accelerated "Ki Metason Kaiut," which was most definitely the best choice of tracks on which to end the album. There’s not much difference in "Kalivagi" compared to Viking-esque metal bands, such as "Minas Morgul," but you have to give credit to Nargath for his ambidextrous skills.

Highs: Soft instrumental melodies decorate the album.

Lows: With only two band members, Wyrd has some trouble keeping their riffs from getting repetetive.

Bottom line: Beautifully melodic but not entirely engaging.

Rated 3.0 out of 5 skulls
3.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)