Fenrir – Loki’s Slaughter (Album Reviews)

When I received Loki’s Slaughter to review, I intentionally didn’t look at Fenrir‘s Facebook page and to be honest when I first listened to the album I didn’t realise the band were Australian. I’m not being ignorant, I just wanted an unbiased opinion and hopefully, I have achieved this.

The intro sounded like the opening to an epic battle to be waged against two brutish forces ready to unleash upon each other, then the title track blasts onto my speakers.
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As metalheads, we like to place things into categories (fairly or unfairly, another discussion though) but to typecast Fenrir would prove a difficult task for anyone.

This is such a different album in a really cool way, the use of a flute works remarkably well…
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I’m buggered if I know how he can play and breathe at the same time, at times playing along to some killer riffs would prove a task alone.

Loki’s Slaughter is well written and composed beautifully, each song takes on its own story which I’m guessing is the whole idea, the title track opens up with a melodic guitar riff and the flute accentuates it in a cool way. The drumming is a real stand out in the song, pounding and fast double kick drums.

The melodic elements to this album are proof Aussie bands can write some clever songs only limited by imagination. Now knowing Fenrir hail from Sydney, one could easily think that they could come from Sweden, Norway or some mystical world full of dragons and vikings. xxx hot movies

Breaking up the songs are interludes like Hlidsjkalf which is an epic soundscape worthy of any Lord of the Rings movie. Just don’t ask me to pronounce it, I’d stuff it up royally.

One of my favourite tracks is Moongorger this is an instrumental piece highlighting the musicianship of Fenrir. Vocally I like Berserker – the range he gets to is remarkable.

All up Loki’s Slaughter is really different to a lot of the albums I have heard recently, fitting more the likes of Eluveitie, Ensiferum and Finntroll. It is a metal album played at a frenetic pace with atmosphere and really clever intelligent lyrics. Fenrir is a really cool band taking on a gap left in the Australian metal scene and stamping their swords into the throne.

And for those who aren’t fully convinced there is a song for you, aptly titled Heavy Fucking Metal… nuff said.

Fenrir: Facebook

Release Year: 2016
Label: self-released
Category: Album
Country: Australia

Reviewed by Adrian ‘Dren’ Barham