Release: November 9, 2018
Faanefjell was formed in 2009 by Kim Arly Karlsen (ex guitar) and Benjamin Jørgensen (ex vocal) in a smoke filled basement after drinking mead and making 3 songs about some angry trolls. The songs got the attention of Mayhem Music and one year after the band joined forces with Kjell "Draagyn" (guitar), David "Berserk" (Drums), Marcus "Beist" (bass) to release "Trollmarsj" (2010).
"Trollmarsj", the debut album of 2010, tells the story of two angry trolls setting out on a journey to gather their allies and drive humanity out of their ancient homeland.
Faanefjell is the musical embodiment of an era where two countries were one kingdom. The human civilization had developed electrical lightning and dynamite to once and for all conquer the Scandinavian forests and mountains and drive the Trolls further into oblivion. Faanefjell uses lyrics deeply inspired by Scandinavian folklore mixed in with symphonic black metal. But make no mistake - there is no princess in the tower or happily ever after endings in the realm of Faanefjell. Only shadows, trolls and songs long forgotten.
Heks Og Djevel
Troens Skarpe Kl¢r
The band has since its creation proven itself to be a strong live-band with full out troll-costumes, glowing yellow eyes and lots of interaction with the audience. "The atmosphere was brutal and the constant moshpits in front of the small stage testified that Faanefjell was among the audience favorites." - Metalized review of Metal Magic Festival.
The band has played most of the major Norwegian metal-festivals, Wacken Open Air (2012), In Flammen Open Air (2018), countless club-gigs in europe and supported the legendary Nargaroth on their EU tour in 2016.After 5 years Benjamin (Syrtroll) and Kim (Grimtroll) parted ways with Faanefjell to pursue other things in life. The rest of the band knew just who to call and soon after Dag "Darg" (vocal) and Petter "Graug" (guitar) was soldered into the lineup. The upcoming album "Dovrefall" builds on the "Trollmarsj" universe and tells the tale of a kingdom in war, the trolls against the humans. As the tale gets darker the music follows and presents the listener with a more brutal and darker sound.
We start the album with ''Styggedommen Vaakner'', it is nice and melodic, although the orchestra might be a bit too much for me. ''Hat'' is a very straightforward song, I don't have a bad word about it. ''Frostbitt'' again makes use of the orchestra, but only in the intro. This song was rather bland to me. ''Svineslaktervisa'' sounds a bit more evil. But I honestly have no clue what all these songs are about. ''Vindstille'' does not bring anything new to the table, unfortunately. ''Murua Vél'' seems to have a better mix than the previous tracks. There is less going on at the same time, and everything is in the right volume and proportion. I like the melody a lot too in this one. ''Heks Og Djevel'' is great as well, again a nice melody and some epic guitars. ''Fjellfest '' leans more towards the black metal side of the spectrum, while the last two tracks sounded more melodeath in my opinion. Besides that, it is also a very nice track to listen to. We have come to the end of ''Dovrefall '' with ''Troens Skarpe Kl¢r''. Faanefjell really saved the best for last!
''Dovrefall'' seems really experimental to me, luckily I am always in for diversity and versatility. The beginning of the album did not so much for me, but the last for tracks we're awesome! Still, the orchestra on some tracks does not make sense to me. I think Faanefjell would be better off doing just melodeath, instead of mixing the genres up.
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Kjell "Draagyn" - (guitar)
David "Berserk" - (drums)
Marcus "Beist" - (bass)
Dag "Darg" - (vocals)
Petter "Graug" - (guitar)