CD: Cold Spring Records CSR29CD 
much sweaty anticipation and what seems like an eternity, but was actually
only two years, the completion of the Folkstorm saga has seen the light
of day and finally been released. So the question to be asked is…was
it worth the wait? The answer is a resounding Yes and…Yes (ish).
You see I’m a 100%, card carrying, ass kissing, fanboy to the prolific
output of H Nordvargr and I have no shame in stating that fact. The man
can do no wrong in my eyes. Even the patience sapping 8-CD ‘Sleep
Therapy’ box set had me quivering with joyous rapture.
"Sweden" is possibly one of the nastiest, sleaziest and aggressive
of all Folkstorm recordings. It’s very comparable to the other Nordvargr
power electronics project ‘HH9’ in its bludgeoning effect
on the senses. No niceties here. Just sheer raw power for hardcore lovers.
If you can imagine trying to wade barefoot knee deep through treacle and
finding razorblades underfoot you’ll get the immensity of this recording.
Sludgy and wince inducing it may be but, ultimately, the journeys worth
persevering with. Beauty can be sought through the pain. Definitely not
for the faint hearted amongst you. Newbies to the Folkstorm sound would
be advised to try out the other recording first before attempting to tackle
this cacophony of a mountainous epic. Those of us with stronger constitutions
can sit back, relax and enjoy the wall of subtle deafening sound.
One can only hope that Nordvargr does a Jesus and resurrects this project
sometime in the future but if that’s not to be then "Sweden"
is a fitting epitaph to the Folkstorm project. The King is dead! Long
live the King!
/ [Cold Spring]
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