Golden Core are a duo from Norway that plays a mixture of black, doom and stoner metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Fimbultyr" which was released by Fysisk Format.
A very dark stoner rock sound starts off the album while a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length. Vocals are done in most of an angry shouting or screaming style along with the slower sections of the songs also being very heavily rooted in doom metal and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
Black metal screams are also added into some parts of the music while some of the songs also add in progressive structures. a touch of psychedelic and 70's rock/metal can also be heard in some parts of the recording as well as the vocals also adding in a semi melodic yet rough approach at times which also gives the music more of an early 90's vibe.
As the album progresses a brief use of clean playing can be heard on a few songs and a later track also introduces fast playing and blast beats onto the recording before returning back to the slower stoner doom style on later songs, clean pagan chanting can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon the Norse god Odinn, the mythology, rune magick, knowledge, curses, death and war with some inspirations from the Poetic Edda and Old Norse Scaldic Poetry.
In my opinion Golden Core are a very great sounding mixture of black, doom and stoner metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this duo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fimbultyr" "Runatal" and "Buslubaen". 8 out of 10.