Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, April 10, 2023

Blodtar - Det Frtegna Forflutna


It's been a long time since I really dug into any folk metal. It feels like the scene has in many ways receded in ecent years. That being said, the latest offering from Blodtar, their debut full length, Det Fregna Forflutna is folk black metal done right, with a wonderful intensity and an epic side to the songwriting that makes for a wonderfully engaging listen. They've built on the promise of their debut EP to show that they are a one of a kind force in the underground and spearheading bold new twisted sounds from the abyss. 

Blodtar's work on this album is at best, magical. They capture the bombast of early Ensiferum and other Nordic bands who found a way to really present the glorious darkness of their music on a whole new level. The sense of tradition that rides throughout the record is entrancing and it's hard not to be impressed with the wonderful sense of adventure that helps to define many of these songs. Clearly Blodtar are drawing influence from the cultural high point of folk metal and have found a way to build on that legacy, namely by re-injecting many of the twisted black metal flourishes that helped to make the band so exciting in the first place. 

Det Fregna Forflutna sees Blodtar coming out boldly with a sound that is sure to keep them riding triumphantly into the future. This is folk black metal done with a great admiration for the old gods but also a clear vision that shows us that Blodtar understand what more can be done in this genre. It's a delightful record to get lost in and one that I think speaks to the multilayered nature of the band. What more could you want from a debut? Answer the call to adventure, press play and prepare for folk metal greatness to come.

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