For those who don't know, Askrinn is a Pagan Black Metal band. They are releasing on the 14th of November a new album as a physical 60-copies limited CD edition. The album will be called Hjørleifsljóð.
Hjørleifsljóð is an adaptation of four chapters of an
Icelandic saga written in the 14th century, called The Saga of Half or Hálfssaga, and the lyrics are in Old Norse. It also has cover of Bornholm.
With so much work, it is difficult for Lachryma Christi to go after new albums and bands, so it is good that bands like Askrinn make a first contact (here is hoping that the suggestion fits other bands) and share their stuff.
So Hjørleifsljóð. It is good, pleasant to hear. Without much artifacts and fashionable details, the songs are what they are. They are good. They are melodic, agressive, full of power and majesty. There is nothing very new there, but this is not the random ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta blast beat thing. It is much better, so much better than that. It sounds so suffered and deep, there is so much soul in it. Give it a go, you will be happy that you did.
It is also important to say that the artwork cover is fabulous too.