Gwydion are a band from Portugal that plays a mixture of viking, folk, symphonic black and melodic death metal and this is a review of their 2018 "Thirteen" which will be released in July by Ultraje.
A very epic sounding intro starts off the album which also introduces symphonic elements onto the recording which later on mix in with the heavier sections of the songs while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals bringing in shouting style vocals.
A great amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing while the music also mixes in a great amount of death metal elements along with the solos and leads also bringing in a decent amount of melody as well as adding in more folk metal influences on later tracks.
Black metal screams and deep growls can also be heard in certain sections of the recording while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats along with some folk music instruments being used on some of the later tracks and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the recording, they also bring in an instrumental and a couple of later songs also introduces clean pagan singing and female vocals into the music.
Gwydion plays a musical style that takes folk, viking, symphonic black and melodic death metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Vikings and Scandinavian Culture themes.
In my opinion Gwydion are a very great sounding mixture of folk, viking, symphonic black and melodic death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""793" "Revenge" "Thirteen Days" adn "Voyages". 85 out of 10.