In our ongoing investigation of deceptive and outright fraudulent extreme metal acts, we pull the rug under a handful of established outfits that don’t even seem to bother hiding that they are after your money first, artistic integrity a distant second - an audience satisfaction not even registering. The more we pull away the blinds the more obvious these practices become. Maybe your favorite band is in here, maybe your life-long inspiration only cares about the dollars/euros you’re giving him/her? Don’t be fooled, there are plenty of honest, hard-working metal bands everywhere in the scene. It’s just that these money-hungry, artistically vacuum units make it difficult for everybody involved. These bands stopped caring, they lost the passion and fire. In short: they Sold Their Souls...
I had some material done already before the demise of Lord Belial. Some of the material was actually intended for the next Lord Belial album, but since we disbanded I changed around all of the ideas into new songs.
I don’t really consider it that much superior. But we KEPT the quality from 1st to 4th album, and that is something that is not easy to do! And I think there will come a 5th album that will kick just as much ass.
Fortid - "Pagan Prophecies" (Iceland)
Schwarzdorn Productions/Soul Food Music Distribution/SureShot
How do you describe a record that you don’t care for? How you approach new music by people whose earlier bands you didn’t care about or even particularly liked? Odin knows we are supposed to remain objective for the sake of argument. So, here’s Fortid again. These Icelandic natives relocated to the country of Lene Marlin a few years ago, Norway. After completing a trilogy of conceptual records Fortid now return with "Pagan Prophecies". Not that anything has fundamentally changed. The first half of the record is a bit more uptempo and brutal than we’re used to of this band, but that’s about it. The second half does their atmospheric/pagan shtick just like their preceding albums. They are consistent, I’ll give them that. I wouldn’t say that they have progressed a lot, or regressed for that matter. They just are a perfectly competent folk black metal band whose history just happens to be more interesting than their musical output. Not that that has ever stopped bands from making a fruitous career, just look at Mayhem. "Pagan Prophecies" is neatly produced, competently played and comes with beautiful artwork. But that’s par of the course with Fortid, they don’t do anything half-assed. I suppose I should applaud their tenacity, just plowing on and releasing records in a consistent manner. The question I can’t help but utter is... How much of these type bands do you really need?http://www.schwarzdorn.deWouter 6
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