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This is the 3rd and last album from Viking metal band Mithotyn. It plays just like their last 2 albums and some of their demo tapes. So with that said, you just know its going to be a great album.
Everything that was portrayed on “King of the Distant Forest” is portrayed on this album also. The guitar stays about the same, with lots of melodies, and with some power metal style riffs. The riffs however aren’t as creative as I would have hoped for especially for their final album, however they still and creative (just not as much) as their last 2 albums. The drumming follows up with the bass part again like King of the Distant Forest, very fast with lots of loud bass.
The vocals are the main difference for the final album. They are more harsh and distorted than the last 2 albums. They sound raspier and less polished this time around than the last album, although at the same time they sound more clear and noticeable than the first album In the Sign of the Ravens, in which the vocals were hard to hear through the most part. There are also more choruses in this one. Songs like “Watchman of the Wild” and “In the Clash of Arms” have well played chorus parts. Also, the final track “The Old Rover” is played by Karl Beckmann, and the vocals are clean throughout the whole album, which is a nice change. He also plays the piano part in the opener to that song.
The production is about the same. More of the same well produced quality and some sound effects in it still. Hearing the sword clashes in “In the Clash of Arms” are a nice touch to that song.
Now it sucks that this is the last album by Mithotyn before they split-up. They all formed or joined different bands like Falconer, Infernal Vengeance, Dawn, and so forth. I recommend checking out those bands also if you like any of the work by Mithotyn, for they are very good and worth a listen. Anyways, this is a great finale for an amazing Viking metal band. If you can find it, get it.
This album is really what i expected from a band that plays black/viking metal, the melody that makes you feel the hymns of the ancients being brought to life, it has the groove and not to mention a great vocal performance to match up with it, i extremely admire Stefan's guitar work, every song in this album must have a wonderful riff where you can bang your head and hum acordingly to it, for example the starting riff of 'Hearts Of Stone' really makes you want to hum it wherever you go, and 'In the clash of arms' has a fantastic chorus where two forms of vocals are used, the growling vocals and also the clean and dark vocals.
Almost every song has a good music direction, great riffs where you can have it stuck up your head, two types of vocals being the best treasure of a viking metal band, and most of the msuic really suites the age of the vikings, just like Thyrfing, it really brings you back to the ancient past.
The song 'The Old Rover' is also another thing i want to say about this great masterpiece, although this song is simple and at times could remind you of a person humming a rhyme to his life, it really is meaningful and good to sing along to (what a funny feeling) but it's the truth, most of the songs are like that.
This album perhaps may not be the best but still really is a good example for a great viking band, not many people will like this album depending on your taste for this sort of metal, but for me, this a package of metal taht sends me twisting in a world where vikings fights each other, and it will be very great hymns indeed if this sort of war were to commence.
The mighty Mithotyn end their short, brilliant and tremendously underrated calling with a masterpiece of Viking metal. If you are familiar with these Swedes’, you must posses this CD. If you are foreign to these melodic masters, let me tell you a tale.
After the first 2 albums, “Gathered” does not drift from the characteristic sound; lead guitar-driven melody. Weinerhall is a magnificent mid-paced melody-maker. A remarkable aspect of this album is the frequent change of pace. True to form, Mithotyn use powerful mid-pace melodies and progressions with many drumming and rhythm changes. Even though the drums are nothing beyond belief, they compliment the guitars by providing an attractive varying base for the melodic instruments to flow over. The bass, while present, is in a severe back-up role. It can be heard and certainly provides some balls, but don’t look for any deviation from the rhythm guitar line. The lead guitars are the main focus of your attention. While the overall mixing is better than the previous efforts and all instruments are presented well, your attention is definitely seized by the lead guitar: leads and the occasional solo. A change from the previous album sees the vocals more deathy, lispy and raspy. The effect is a more intense vocal delivery. However, there is one vocal change that will surely distance some fans: the clean vocal “chorus.” In a noticeable change from there past, Mithotyn decided that some “Northern” chants would spice up the mix. I totally like what they did, though I can see why some fans would dislike the addition; it almost translates to Stefans’ career change into the power metal arena with Falconer. At times the chants have a larger role singing a chorus and other times they just give a rhythmic bark, but they do not dominate the album and are not present in every song.
On another vocal note, the last song, “The Old Rover,” is totally clean and if you like the tone, works very well. The tale and music slowly build momentum and power and leaves you wanting more, much, much more. Sadly the boys break it up and we are left begging for scraps from the plate of Falconer. I hope you like power metal.