FEJD - Eifur

Fejd - Eifur

12 songs
50:35 minutes
***** ***


Even though Fejd from Sweden are signed to Napalm Records, they definitely don’t play metal. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as their second record Eifur certainly has its bright moments. Eifur came only eighteen months after their debut Storm, which is all the more surprising considering that they band never released anything before in their eight year long history so far.

Fejd are dealing lyrically with your typical Viking legends but nonetheless sound strongly different from the so-called Nordic metal bands. This starts already with the band doing mostly without electric guitars, using instead traditional instruments like flutes, violins, mouth harp and bagpipes. The opener Drangen Och Krakan sets you right in the middle of a Viking town. Just close your eyes and you’ll see a bunch of hairy Norsemen sitting around a blazing campfire. The reliance on their native tongue lets Fejd sound even more authentic. Many Nordic bands have war themed lyrics, justifying the heavier musical approach, but Fejd act more calmly and prefer melancholy over brutality. The arrangements are thoroughly thought through, so that even pagan metal fans shouldn’t be deterred by the quiet. The vocals have a predominant position, making it easy to understand the lyrics, provided you master the Swedish language. Only towards the last quarter, the band loses somewhat of its appeal, making one wonder if eight or nine songs wouldn’t have been enough for this album.

Despite this little criticism, Eifur has still turned out to be a competent folk album and a good opportunity for metal fans to broaden their horizon. With the right amount of beer or mead, the experience is probably even more rewarding.

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