Saturday, September 08, 2012

Review: Trollheim's - Demo 2012

Trollheim's are another one of the bands that I had the pleasure of meeting at this years Hellfest Lanaudiere. After photographing the band on stage, I went backstage and was able to get my hands on a physical copy of their demo. Cheers, guys! The group put on a great performance on stage, so what does the recorded material sound like?

Genre: Black Folk Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: 2012
  1. Prelude
  2. Curse of Thor
  3. Victrolly
  4. Precipitating the Battle
  5. Dawn of Glory
  6. Terres Immortelles
Total Playtime: 15 minutes, 24 seconds
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Rating: 6.0/10





Trollheim's are another one of the bands that I had the pleasure of meeting at this years Hellfest Lanaudiere. After photographing the band on stage, I went backstage and was able to get my hands on a physical copy of their demo. Cheers, guys! The group put on a great performance on stage, so what does the recorded material sound like?

The demo starts off with a short minute and a half tranquil instrumental track that sets a visual landscape with the soft, melodious flutes and nature inspired keyboard synths. The content soon explodes during "Curse of Thor" and all of the instruments are soon drawn together and create one of the more melodious and catchy songs on this album. The catchiness is empowered by chanting and attention grabbing vocal composition. Other highlights of this demo are "Precipitating the Battle", which contains the most skillful solo of the content at hand and also "Dawn of Glory", where the album comes to an explosive climax.


The overall production quality is decent, especially for a demo, however some problems do lay within. "Victrolly" and "Dawn of Glory" are plagued with recording distortion issues within the flutes and backing vocals as well as these tracks become mixed overwhelmingly loud, causing headset users to reach for the volume controls during these two songs. Otherwise, everything is rather clear and well produced.

Synthetic keyboard elements fill the air around various folk driven patterns and more classical instruments, such as the violin. More often than not, the drums are blistering the background with an onslaught of double bass blast beat goodness while the guitar shreds the faces of anyone within hearing distance. The compositions flow harmoniously together, and sprinkled throughout the content there are some amazing solos to be heard.

Trollheim's Demo 2012 is a fun album that doesn't quite last long enough, a couple more songs to boost the content up to 20 minutes in length would've been great. The album has a great blend of elements and influences that keep the material from becoming stale or repetitive, though it needs more polishing and more content. They're touring soon with another black folk metal group from Quebec, Aeternam, so be sure to get to the gig early and catch Trollheim's! You won't be disappointed by either the music or the onstage presence.

Physical Copy Provided by: Trollheim's

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