Skalmold are a band from Iceland that h as had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a mixture of Viking and folk metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "!0 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavik" which will be released on October 23rd by Napalm Records.
Live audience reaction starts off the album along with some clean pagan vocals a few seconds later which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them.
At times the vocals add in more of a semi rough style while black metal screams are also utilized in some parts of the music. Keyboards and folk music elements are also a very huge part of the songs along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length, When the music finally speeds up a small amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard, some of the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
On this recording Skalmold takes their mixture of folk nd Viking metal plays a bunch of songs from albums they have released over the years to a live audience. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Norse Mythology, Icelandic Poetry and Battle themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Skalmold and if you are a fan of Viking and folk metal, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aras" "Niflheimur" "Daudi" and "Kvadning". 8 out of 10.