Gwydion are a band from Portugal that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very epic, atmospheric, melodic and symphonic mixture of folk, Viking, black and death metal and this is a review of their self titled 2020 album which will be released in November by Art Gates Records.
Epic sounding synths start off the album while also introducing symphonic elements onto the recording that also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. The vocals also add in a great amount of aggressive shouts while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style.
Grim sounding black metal screams are also added into some parts of the music while the deeper vocals also add in some touched of death meta. Elements of folk music can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with all of the musical instruments on the album also having a very powerful sound to them.
When clean vocals are utilized they also give the songs more of a Viking metal touch along with some spoken word parts and acoustic guitars and clean plying also being utilized briefly as well as one track also introducing spoken word parts onto the recording, some of the riffing also shows an influence of traditional metal and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard and female vocals are also added on the closing song. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Vikings, Battles, Iberian Culture/History, Mythology and Alcohol themes,
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gwydion and if you are a dab of atmospheric, melodic and symphonic folk, Viking, black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Stand Alone" "Battle Of Aclud Ford" "Ale Mead And Wine" and "Hammer Of the Gods". 8out of 10.