Fortid - _Voluspa Part I / Thor's Anger_
(No Colours Records, 2003)
by: Aaron McKay (3 out of 10)
This is a solo effort by Eldur from Potentiam fame. Structured to be the first in a three-part chronicle, _Voluspa Part I / Thor's Anger_ is bent on developing a soundtrack to the very essence of stripped-down Viking conquests. Fervently underground, Eldur uses Fortid as a vehicle to rub whatever shine might glissen off the face of black metal today. What is unfortunate is other than track five, "Birth of Men", most of the nearly forty-five minutes on this offering fail to garner any of the wild imagery of self-indulgent cruelty so wickedly sought after on this effort. "Birth of Men" develops a kind of Summoning feel which explains my gravitation to that cut from _Voluspa..._. Vocals, especially on "Thor's Anger", represent a strong connection to Grimm on Ancient's _Trolltaar_ disc and, ultimately, takes my number two choice on the "best of" from _Voluspa..._. No Colours has some intrepid bands on its roster. If you're unfamiliar with No Colours, start with some of their other acts before confronting this effort by Fortid. It is the definition of "acquired taste".

Contact: http://www.no-colours-records.de

(article published 13/12/2003)


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