SOLEFALD
Avant-garde Metal • Norway

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
SOLEFALD picture
Solefald is a metal band from Norway that was formed by members Lars Are "Lazare" Nedland and Cornelius Jakhelln in August 1995, with Lars singing and playing keyboard/synthesizer/piano and drums, and Cornelius singing and playing guitar and bass. The meaning of the band's name is best explained in an interview from Century Media Records website. Lazare states "Solefald is an old norse word for sunset. We "stole" it from a painting by the Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen. His two paintings "Soleglad" and "Solefald" portrays the cycle of being, and we found it to be a very fitting idea for our band." Cornelius also states ""Solefald" means literally "the fall of the sun", or just "sunset"; the way we spell it is Danish, from the 19th century."

Biography

Beginnings

Their first official rehearsal together was in 1995 with the song "When The Moon Is On The Wave." They released their
read more...
Thanks to Any Colour You Like for the updates

SOLEFALD MP3, Free Download/Stream

No SOLEFALD MP3s available for streaming.

SOLEFALD Online Videos

No SOLEFALD online videos available. Search and add one now.

Buy SOLEFALD music

Amazon (logo)
Norron LivskunstNorron Livskunst
Import
Indie UK 2010
Vinyl$17.82
$17.82 (used)
World Metal. Kosmopolis SudWorld Metal. Kosmopolis Sud
INDIE RECORDINGS N.A. 2015
Vinyl$13.25
$56.50 (used)
Linear ScoffoldLinear Scoffold
Peaceville 2008
Audio CD$7.00
$8.39 (used)
JernlovJernlov
Avantgarde Music
Vinyl$14.95
Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey Pt 2Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey Pt 2
Season of Mist 2006
Audio CD$99.99
$29.98 (used)
Norronasongen Kosmopolis NordNorronasongen Kosmopolis Nord
Import
INDIE RECORDINGS N.A. 2016
Audio CD$4.45
$61.99 (used)
Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey 1Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey 1
Season of Mist 2005
Audio CD$26.07
$13.98 (used)
In Harmonia UniversaliIn Harmonia Universali
Century Media 2003
Audio CD$298.93
$9.40 (used)
NeonismNeonism
Peaceville 2009
Audio CD$5.56
$4.12 (used)
Pills Against the Ageless IllsPills Against the Ageless Ills
Century Media 2001
Audio CD$11.41 (used)
Showing 10 items only | Cache expiring in 24h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SOLEFALD Pills Against The Ageless Ills PROMO CD 2001 Heavy Metal 9 Songs SOLEFALD Pills Against The Ageless Ills PROMO CD 2001 Heavy Metal 9 Songs USD $10.75 Buy It Now 2h 33m
SYMAWRATH - SCAENA I 2000 RARE 1PR NEW! ARCTURUS COVENANT DODHEIMSGARD SOLEFALD SYMAWRATH - SCAENA I 2000 RARE 1PR NEW! ARCTURUS COVENANT DODHEIMSGARD SOLEFALD USD $17.99 Buy It Now 9h
GARTH ARUM The Dawn Of A New Creation CD prog metal arcturus sigh solefald NEW GARTH ARUM The Dawn Of A New Creation CD prog metal arcturus sigh solefald NEW USD $11.98 Buy It Now 19h
Solefald - Neonism CD 2007 Avantgarde Music press bonus track Solefald - Neonism CD 2007 Avantgarde Music press bonus track USD $12.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Solefald 'World Metal - Kosmopolis Sud' 2x12 Solefald 'World Metal - Kosmopolis Sud' 2x12" Vinyl - NEW USD $28.33 Buy It Now 1 day
Solefald 'Norronasongen - Kosmopolis Nord' Vinyl - NEW Solefald 'Norronasongen - Kosmopolis Nord' Vinyl - NEW USD $23.40 Buy It Now 1 day
SOLEFALD - PILLS AGAINST THE AGELESS ILLS ( LTD.DIGIPACK CD, 2001 ) *Sealed* SOLEFALD - PILLS AGAINST THE AGELESS ILLS ( LTD.DIGIPACK CD, 2001 ) *Sealed* USD $14.99 (0 bids)
1 day
WINDS Prominence And Demise CD prog metal solefald arcturus spiral architect NEW WINDS Prominence And Demise CD prog metal solefald arcturus spiral architect NEW USD $11.98 Buy It Now 1 day
Solefald - Norron Livskunst (NEW CD) Solefald - Norron Livskunst (NEW CD) USD $12.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud (NEW 2 VINYL LP) Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud (NEW 2 VINYL LP) USD $32.33 Buy It Now 1 day
SOLEFALD-NORRON LIVSKUNST  CD NEW SOLEFALD-NORRON LIVSKUNST CD NEW USD $14.25 Buy It Now 2 days
Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud [CD New] Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud [CD New] USD $11.40 Buy It Now 2 days
World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud - Solefald (2015, CD New) World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud - Solefald (2015, CD New) USD $11.68 Buy It Now 2 days
SOLEFALD neonism ORIG DIGIPAK 1999 AVANTGARDE MUSIC-borknagar,windir,dawn,absu SOLEFALD neonism ORIG DIGIPAK 1999 AVANTGARDE MUSIC-borknagar,windir,dawn,absu USD $39.99 Buy It Now 3 days
World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.82 Buy It Now 3 days
Battle Metal III CD Cradle Of Filth Helloween Edguy Dream Evil Solefald Kamelot Battle Metal III CD Cradle Of Filth Helloween Edguy Dream Evil Solefald Kamelot USD $13.99 Buy It Now 4 days
ARCTURUS La Masquerade Infernale 2LP REISSU norwegian avant metal solefald ulver ARCTURUS La Masquerade Infernale 2LP REISSU norwegian avant metal solefald ulver USD $32.00 Buy It Now 4 days
BORKNAGAR-URD-CD-viking-folk-pagan-vintersorg-solefald-otyg-enslaved BORKNAGAR-URD-CD-viking-folk-pagan-vintersorg-solefald-otyg-enslaved USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Solefald - Norron Livskunst NEW CD Solefald - Norron Livskunst NEW CD USD $9.19 Buy It Now 4 days
SOLEFALD - Norronasongen Kosmopolis Nord - VINYL LP (Indie 2014) SOLEFALD - Norronasongen Kosmopolis Nord - VINYL LP (Indie 2014) USD $26.99 Buy It Now 5 days
G.U.T. - My only drug is madness (Solefald project) + 2 free promo CDs!!! G.U.T. - My only drug is madness (Solefald project) + 2 free promo CDs!!! USD $10.90 Buy It Now 5 days
SOLEFALD - IN HARMONIA UNIVERSALI 2003 1PR MINT! ARCTURUS SIGH VED BUENS ENDE SOLEFALD - IN HARMONIA UNIVERSALI 2003 1PR MINT! ARCTURUS SIGH VED BUENS ENDE USD $7.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Solefald-The Linear Scaffold  CD NEW Solefald-The Linear Scaffold CD NEW USD $14.09 Buy It Now 6 days
SOLEFALD - Jurnlov - Double 7inch VINYL + CD - Post-Black Metal SOLEFALD - Jurnlov - Double 7inch VINYL + CD - Post-Black Metal USD $15.95 Buy It Now 7 days
SOLEFALD - WORLD METAL.KOSMOPOLIS SUD.  CD NEW+ SOLEFALD - WORLD METAL.KOSMOPOLIS SUD. CD NEW+ USD $24.89 Buy It Now 8 days
SOLEFALD - WORLD METAL: KOSMOPOLIS SUD - CD SOLEFALD - WORLD METAL: KOSMOPOLIS SUD - CD USD $14.94 Buy It Now 10 days
SIGH-SCORN DEFEAT-RE-ISSUE-DOBLE CD-avant-garde-black-solefald-kadenzza-arcturus SIGH-SCORN DEFEAT-RE-ISSUE-DOBLE CD-avant-garde-black-solefald-kadenzza-arcturus USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10 days
WINDS WINDS "Reflections of the I" CD mayhem arcturus solefald USD $13.55 Buy It Now 10 days
Neonism - Solefald (2009, CD New) Neonism - Solefald (2009, CD New) USD $10.98 Buy It Now 10 days
Solefald - Neonism [CD New] Solefald - Neonism [CD New] USD $10.91 Buy It Now 10 days
Norron Livskunst * by Solefald. Norron Livskunst * by Solefald. USD $23.04 Buy It Now 10 days
Norronasongen: Kosmopolis Nord by Solefald. Norronasongen: Kosmopolis Nord by Solefald. USD $24.87 Buy It Now 11 days
World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud by Solefald. World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud by Solefald. USD $24.99 Buy It Now 11 days
World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud by Solefald. World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud by Solefald. USD $26.39 Buy It Now 11 days
Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies DLP Ulver,Enslaved,Borknagar,Solefald Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies DLP Ulver,Enslaved,Borknagar,Solefald USD $25.00 Buy It Now 11 days
Norron Livskunst * by Solefald (CD, 2010, The End) Norron Livskunst * by Solefald (CD, 2010, The End) USD $16.99 Buy It Now 12 days
SOLEFALD-NORRONASONGEN..  CD NEW SOLEFALD-NORRONASONGEN.. CD NEW USD $14.25 Buy It Now 12 days
In Harmonia Universali, Solefald, Good Import In Harmonia Universali, Solefald, Good Import USD $24.49 Buy It Now 12 days
Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord NEW LP Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord NEW LP USD $19.16 Buy It Now 13 days
SOLEFALD - THE LINEAR SCAFFOLD   VINYL LP NEW+ SOLEFALD - THE LINEAR SCAFFOLD VINYL LP NEW+ USD $36.53 Buy It Now 13 days
Neonism by Solefald. Neonism by Solefald. USD $16.38 Buy It Now 13 days
SOLEFALD pills against the ageless ills ORIG 2001 DIGIPAK CENTURY MEDIA-agalloch SOLEFALD pills against the ageless ills ORIG 2001 DIGIPAK CENTURY MEDIA-agalloch USD $39.99 Buy It Now 13 days
SOLEFALD - World Metal Kosmopolis Sud - VINYL 2LP (Indie 2015) SOLEFALD - World Metal Kosmopolis Sud - VINYL 2LP (Indie 2015) USD $29.99 Buy It Now 14 days
Neonism [Solefald] [801056722829] New CD Neonism [Solefald] [801056722829] New CD USD $10.90 Buy It Now 14 days
Neonism [Solefald] [4015698877526] New CD Neonism [Solefald] [4015698877526] New CD USD $42.98 Buy It Now 14 days
SOLEFALD - WORLD METAL.KOSMOPOLIS SUD.(DOUBLE VINYL) 2 VINYL NEW+ SOLEFALD - WORLD METAL.KOSMOPOLIS SUD.(DOUBLE VINYL) 2 VINYL NEW+ USD $31.96 Buy It Now 14 days
BORKNAGAR - Quintessence DIGI CD 2000 CENTURY MEDIA / dimmu borgir solefald BORKNAGAR - Quintessence DIGI CD 2000 CENTURY MEDIA / dimmu borgir solefald USD $39.00 Buy It Now 15 days
Solefald - World Metal Kosmopolis Sud [Vinyl New] Solefald - World Metal Kosmopolis Sud [Vinyl New] USD $22.88 Buy It Now 15 days
World Metal Kosmopolis Sud - Solefald (2015, Vinyl New) World Metal Kosmopolis Sud - Solefald (2015, Vinyl New) USD $26.89 Buy It Now 15 days
SOLEFALD - NORRONASONGEN,KOSMOPOLIS NORD  VINYL LP NEW+ SOLEFALD - NORRONASONGEN,KOSMOPOLIS NORD VINYL LP NEW+ USD $31.96 Buy It Now 15 days
Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord - Solefald (2014, Vinyl New) Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord - Solefald (2014, Vinyl New) USD $18.31 Buy It Now 15 days
Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord [Vinyl New] Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord [Vinyl New] USD $17.42 Buy It Now 15 days
Norron Livskunst * by Solefald (CD, 2010, The End) Norron Livskunst * by Solefald (CD, 2010, The End) USD $5.00 Buy It Now 16 days
Linear Scaffold - Solefald (2008, CD New) Linear Scaffold - Solefald (2008, CD New) USD $10.96 Buy It Now 16 days
Solefald - Linear Scaffold [CD New] Solefald - Linear Scaffold [CD New] USD $10.81 Buy It Now 16 days
SOLEFALD SOLEFALD "Norron Livskunst" CD ulver enslaved arcturus USD $12.32 Buy It Now 16 days
Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud. (NEW CD) Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud. (NEW CD) USD $19.39 Buy It Now 16 days
Solefald: Norron Livskunst CD 2010 Indie Recordings Norway INDIE030CD NEW Solefald: Norron Livskunst CD 2010 Indie Recordings Norway INDIE030CD NEW USD $10.95 Buy It Now 16 days
Solefald: World Metal / Kosmopolis Sud CD 2015 Indie Recs INDIE155CD Digipak NEW Solefald: World Metal / Kosmopolis Sud CD 2015 Indie Recs INDIE155CD Digipak NEW USD $12.95 Buy It Now 16 days
Enslaved - RITIIR CD/DVD digipak opeth immortal solefald sojourner Enslaved - RITIIR CD/DVD digipak opeth immortal solefald sojourner USD $11.25 Buy It Now 17 days
ARS MORIENDI La singuliere noirceur d'un astre ARCTURUS ULVER EMPEROR SOLEFALD ARS MORIENDI La singuliere noirceur d'un astre ARCTURUS ULVER EMPEROR SOLEFALD USD $14.99 Buy It Now 17 days
ARS MORIENDI Sepelitur Alleluia ULVER NOCTE OBDUCTA SOLEFALD BLUT AUS NORD ARS MORIENDI Sepelitur Alleluia ULVER NOCTE OBDUCTA SOLEFALD BLUT AUS NORD USD $14.99 Buy It Now 18 days
Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud [Vinyl New] Solefald - World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud [Vinyl New] USD $24.41 Buy It Now 18 days
Solefald - The Linear Scaffold (2016)  180g Vinyl LP  NEW/SEALED  SPEEDYPOST Solefald - The Linear Scaffold (2016) 180g Vinyl LP NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $21.64 Buy It Now 19 days
World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud [Digipak] by Solefald. World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud [Digipak] by Solefald. USD $17.92 Buy It Now 19 days
Norron Livskunst - Solefald (2011, CD New) Norron Livskunst - Solefald (2011, CD New) USD $12.94 Buy It Now 19 days
Solefald - Norron Livskunst [CD New] Solefald - Norron Livskunst [CD New] USD $13.99 Buy It Now 19 days
SOLEFALD-NEONISM 1 PRESS 1999 LTD DIGI CULT RARE!!! SOLEFALD-NEONISM 1 PRESS 1999 LTD DIGI CULT RARE!!! USD $24.99 Buy It Now 20 days
Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord [VINYL] Solefald Vinyl Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord [VINYL] Solefald Vinyl USD $32.75 Buy It Now 20 days
World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud. Solefald Audio CD World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud. Solefald Audio CD USD $24.01 Buy It Now 20 days
ARCTURUS La Masquerade Infernale CD REISSUE norwegian avant metal solefald ulver ARCTURUS La Masquerade Infernale CD REISSUE norwegian avant metal solefald ulver USD $10.98 Buy It Now 21 days
Solefald Pills Against the Ageless Ills CD Solefald Pills Against the Ageless Ills CD USD $10.00 Buy It Now 21 days
Neonism Solefald Audio CD Neonism Solefald Audio CD USD $13.55 Buy It Now 22 days
Norron Livskunst Solefald Audio CD Norron Livskunst Solefald Audio CD USD $11.80 Buy It Now 22 days
Norron Livskunst - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) Norron Livskunst - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) USD $11.99 Buy It Now 23 days
SOLEFALD Red For Fire - An Icelandic Odyssey CD Avant Black Metal 2005 BRAND NEW SOLEFALD Red For Fire - An Icelandic Odyssey CD Avant Black Metal 2005 BRAND NEW USD $5.06 Buy It Now 24 days
Linear Scaffold - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) Linear Scaffold - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) USD $8.95 Buy It Now 25 days
SOLEFALD SOLEFALD "NORRON LIVSKUNST" CD NEW+ USD $24.83 Buy It Now 25 days
Solefald: Neonism CD 1999 Peaceville Records UK CDVILED228 Super Jewel Box NEW Solefald: Neonism CD 1999 Peaceville Records UK CDVILED228 Super Jewel Box NEW USD $10.95 Buy It Now 26 days
Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord NEW CD Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord NEW CD USD $14.50 Buy It Now 26 days
The Linear Scaffold Solefald Audio CD The Linear Scaffold Solefald Audio CD USD $13.55 Buy It Now 26 days
Neonism - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) Neonism - Solefald (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.09 Buy It Now 27 days
The Liner Scaffold by Solefald. The Liner Scaffold by Solefald. USD $16.38 Buy It Now 27 days
Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord (NEW VINYL LP) Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord (NEW VINYL LP) USD $24.94 Buy It Now 27 days
Norron Livskunst - Solefald (2010, CD New) Norron Livskunst - Solefald (2010, CD New) USD $8.34 Buy It Now 28 days
Solefald - Norron Livskunst [CD New] 7090014385074 Solefald - Norron Livskunst [CD New] 7090014385074 USD $8.49 Buy It Now 28 days
Solefald Neonism Norway 1999 Arcturus Sigh Cradle of Filth CD first press Solefald Neonism Norway 1999 Arcturus Sigh Cradle of Filth CD first press USD $12.00 Buy It Now 29 days
Solefald The Linear Scaffold original digipack CD Arcturus Cradle of Filth VG+ Solefald The Linear Scaffold original digipack CD Arcturus Cradle of Filth VG+ USD $12.00 Buy It Now 29 days
The Linear Scaffold [VINYL] Solefald Vinyl The Linear Scaffold [VINYL] Solefald Vinyl USD $28.12 Buy It Now 29 days
Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord (NEW CD) Solefald - Norronasongen. Kosmopolis Nord (NEW CD) USD $17.55 Buy It Now 29 days
Solefald - Neonism - Cassette , Made In Poland Solefald - Neonism - Cassette , Made In Poland USD $7.20 Buy It Now 29 days
SOLEFALD - NORRONASONGEN,KOSMOPOLIS NORD  CD NEW+ SOLEFALD - NORRONASONGEN,KOSMOPOLIS NORD CD NEW+ USD $25.54 Buy It Now 29 days
Showing all 93 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com

More places to buy metal & SOLEFALD music

SOLEFALD Discography

SOLEFALD albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Linear Scaffold
Avant-garde Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Neonism
Avant-garde Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Pills Against the Ageless Ills
Avant-garde Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
In Harmonia Universali
Avant-garde Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Red for Fire: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part I
Avant-garde Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Black for Death: An Icelandic Odyssey, Part II
Avant-garde Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 2.25 | 5 ratings
Norrøn Livskunst
Avant-garde Metal 2010

SOLEFALD EPs & splits

SOLEFALD live albums

SOLEFALD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SOLEFALD re-issues & compilations

SOLEFALD singles (0)

SOLEFALD movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

SOLEFALD Reviews

SOLEFALD Neonism

Album · 1999 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Conor Fynes
'Neonism' - Solefald (6/10)

Norwegian metal duo Solefald's second album 'Neonism' was a massive change in style for this band. Although most typically associated with the black metal sound, Solefald can be heard really stretching out, taking influences from a wide array of styles and experimenting with how these widely contrasting sounds could be merged together as one. The album is still highly regarded by avant-garde metal afficionados, although hearing the music here, I do get the impression their ambitions outweighed their abilities.

'Neonism' has enough different angles, colours and tastes to it to make a rainbow feel bland. There are still some disparate black metal influences in the sound, but this songwriting is generally dense, melodic, and quirky, rather than atmospheric and dark. Solefald is clearly not interested in catering to the whims of a traditional black metal scene, there are vocal growls, howls, and rasps and even some riffs that are reminiscent of extreme metal sound, but you won't hear anything heavy here without it being followed up by something light-hearted. The clean vocals here are somewhat reminiscent of likeminded duo Vintersorg, although much more diverse. Here, a listener will hear both band members scream, croon, belt, and even pull off some spoken word sections. While listening to this, I am hearing a lot of very interesting ideas, but a large problem of 'Neonism's is that the ideas all seem to try to take the spotlight at once. The music feels dense, and almost as if there are two songs playing at once. This sense of disorientation in music can be done very well, but here it feels more haphazard than ingenious, and the thin production standard doe not help much either.

The lyrics here are another matter altogether. It's granted that one benefit of rampant experimentation is that one does not need to hold up to the same standards of more conventional bands, but it does not stop the fact that even after letting 'Neonism' sink in full, the lyrics feel awkward, jokey, and out-of-place. Solefald obviously attempts some sort of social critique here about consumerism and conformity, but it does not change the fact that rhymes here feel contrived and shallow, and- need I even mention- hearing the name Calvin Klein in a song, and then comparing him to a god sounds like the work of a prankster... or a genius, but I'm going to go with prankster.

'Neonism' does not seem to be an album that takes itself entirely seriously, and this has both positive and negative ramifications. It is an album that sees Solefald testing new ideas freely, but on the other hand, the convoluted nature of the album seems more like a fault than a mere matter of album depth.

SOLEFALD Norrøn Livskunst

Album · 2010 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Conor Fynes
'Norrøn Livskunst' - Solefald (4/10)

A collaboration between two guys who have had a fair amount of impact in the modern Norwegian black metal scene, Solefald has done some great things with their style in the past, throwing nuances into the typically harsh sound of black metal that aren't normally heard. 'Norrøn Livskunst' is Solefald's seventh album, and admittedly my first legitimate experience with the band. As a newcomer to the work of the band, I had only ever heard a few songs here and there, but even though I had little preconception of what Solefald's latest would sound like, I still find myself underwhelmed. Although the band shows remarkable promise with a folk-tinged progressive black metal sound, too often do their experiments go sour, sometimes even leading the music to be unpleasant to listen to.

'Song Til Stormen' opens the album off on a remarkable, albeit deceitful note. From the first wonderfully harmonized clean vocals and anthemic build-up of the music, I was instantly reminded of fellow progressive black metal duo Vintersorg. Although the band's approach here sounds almost too similar to Andreas Hedlund's Vintersorg, I still found myself greatly enjoying it; well composed and performed viking metal. As with most disappointing albums however, the first song here is the greatest, and also the only track I would recommend someone to listen to. From here on, the rest of 'Norrøn Livskunst' is a highly inconsistent roller coaster that often crashes and burns before lifting up again.

Many of the tracks here fall into the realm of fairly average, fairly enjoyable folkish viking metal, with some great vocal harmonies and occasional dives into female singing. It is ironic that my favourite aspect of this album- the vocals- are also part of what takes 'Norrøn Livskunst' from being a generally decent album into the territory of a record I would not be able to listen through again, despite the moments of grandeur. Chief among the errors Solefald made here was the invitation to bring the vocal stylings of fellow Norwegian rockers Animal Alpha into the mix. As can be heard at its most ear-cringing, 'Tittentattentetski' features some sort of vocal work (I dare not call it singing) in which a member of Animal Alpha sounds like a child screaming for ice cream moreso than anything music-related. Unfortunately, Solefald have their own bad moments here; the 'Blackabilly' song being worst of all; in which the band gears down to some of the worst lyrics I've heard in months; "One two three, blackabilly me. Four five six, burning kicks..."

Vocals aside, there is nothing to complain about, nor praise. Despite a few moments where Solefald cleverly incorporates some scarce jazzy saxphone phrases, things are kept fairly tame, and anyone who has heard some of the more modern melodic black metal from Norway should know what to expect; fast strumming of chords, tremolo picking and the occasional folkish moment. I cannot say 'Norrøn Livskunst' has impressed me by any measure regardless. The band is certainly capable, but due to a generally derivative sound and the fact that bands like Vintersorg have done this much better, Solefald does not sit well with me with this first impression.

SOLEFALD Movies Reviews

No SOLEFALD movie reviews posted yet.

SOLEFALD Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Rising Traditional heavy metal
RAINBOW
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 Power Metal
HELLOWEEN
Buy this album from our partners
Still Life Progressive Metal
OPETH
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

II Drone Metal
ENDLESS FLOODS
Buy this album from MMA partners
Crestfallen Sludge Metal
WELTESSER
Buy this album from MMA partners
Wisdom Eyes Folk Metal
NINE TREASURES
Buy this album from MMA partners
Old World Symphonic Metal
OKNOS
Buy this album from MMA partners
Vigilance Perennial Atmospheric Black Metal
FALLS OF RAUROS
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online