Fjords – Onrica Album Review
Last Friday (22nd November) progressive metal band, Fjords dropped their debut album, Onrica.
While I listen to a range of genres doom and death metal aren’t genres, I listen to a lot however, I did find something interesting about this album which is why I’m reviewing it.
Onrica is as I said an interesting album as while this is mainly a melodic doom album there is a wide-ranging mix. This spans from melodic doom and death metal to progressive and atmospheric metal. This gives the album a wide mix that really lets Fjords display their best light.
The album is shorter than most traditional albums with only 9 tracks, however, they make up for it with length. The length of the tracks can make or break for some with all bar one over five minutes and the longest just over 10 minutes. All this time is used brilliantly with epic guitar solos and breakdowns that elevate each track. You get the sense of journey with each track from the guitars as the drums are surprisingly drowned out by the vocal and piercing guitars.
The vocals are a wonderful mix of deep growls and screams with the occasional clean vocals that enrich the performance. This reminds me of Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy’s vocals when she was in Antagonist. The dual nature of the vocals keeps you coming back.
Another great thing about this debut album is the production quality. Normally with indie bands from any genre, the quality is lacking a professional finish. However, Fjords Onrica has the quality of a big label. This allows for me to hear every note change, every drum beat and every word during these gravelly vocals.
Fjords, have taken a mixture of genres and styles and combined them into an amazingly skillful display of talent and heart. This is a stunning debut from a band with a bright future in the UK metal scene.