Svartby - Elemental Tales (2012)
1. Impby 01:28
2. Scum from Underwater 02:54
3. Boulder Massacration 03:34
4. Sleepy Devils 04:00
5. Mushroom Rings 03:14
6. Done With the Wind 02:54
7. Ash and Dust 02:26
8. Flaming Balls 02:53
9. Morning Wood 03:30
10. Elemental Tales 03:14
11. Imp Slam 01:03
Vocals and bass: Skrik
Elemental Tales is the third album by the Russians Svartby. This time the lyrics are all in English and have a little more accelerated tempos, resulting in a hard fun, fast and entertaining. For those not familiar with these guys in St. Petersburg, we might describe as the mischievous brothers Finntroll. They make fun folk metal which draw keyboards melodies that could well be part of any game in the 90's, mythical background on games like Monkey Island would be perfect.
Seeing the cover and we can get an idea where the shots are going to go, the story brings Elementary Such are the six basic elements in the world of Svartby, air, water, fire, forces of nature, earth and as no, the magic mushrooms that intoxicate imps and goblins.
From the intro, which already appear on these goblins whispering sounds of nature and intensity rises. He hoped that the move to the first track off an eruption of guitars ... would have been perfect, but preferred to drown this great intro and start the song after a pause that breaks the impact of the intro... and starts Scum From Underwater, a whiplash, fast, energetic, melodic, grunts fairly linear but we shall soon humming the catchy that result and of course ... after a fast guitars and a drum where the double bass drum is king, we have that keyboard melodies drawing half naughty half adventurous epic that lead us to the world that illustrates the cover.
It is precisely in the third court where if you merge a brief introduction in which into a joyous melody bursts in a metal strom taht we expected in the first intro. And again more speed, more wickedly funny melodies and catchy. Sleepy Devils relaxes us a little of such intensity, a slower theme introduced with acoustic guitars, very folk, and leads the immensity of magic and fantasy that will last for the rest of the album except Ash Dust And that gives us another pause to regain strength, instrumental and mystical, but full of strength. Once responses to the forces we become immersed in intensity until the outro Svartby as a credit titles we return to the real world.
Elemental Tales is a great album, intense and energetic spellbind all fans of folk metal and anyone who wants to enjoy a fun and wild sound. Currently one of the big surprises of the year for me.